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    The Spray Lakes Quest

    : Full Day Tour

    : Spray Lakes - Kananaskis

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  Our Ultimate Full Day Tour  

A full day of non-stop dogsledding!

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Now accepting bookings for Winter 2020

We are accepting bookings for the Boundary Ranch Dreamcatcher tour as of Dec 12th and Spray Lakes Mt Nestor Viewpoint Half Day tour as of Jan 11th. All other tours will remain closed for this season. We have made the decision to limit tours available and numbers on each tour due to Covid-19. We will follow strict guidelines on our tours to ensure maximum enjoyment with maximun safety for clients and staff. We will not be offering tours on Tuesday & Wednesday's (Christmas excluded) until further notice.

COVID-19 Notice

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MAD DOGS & ENGLISHMEN & COVID-19

EFFECTIVE DEC 13TH, 2020

As always the safety of our clients, dogs, and guides are of the upmost importance to us. With this in mind and with the new restrictions outlined in the province of Alberta on Dec 8, 2020, we have implemented new booking, tour, and cancellation policies.

  • Our booking office is closed to walk in but we can accept bookings from our website 24 hours a day or via telephone 10-6 pm daily.
  • We will be limiting tours to 4 sleds total. 2 guide driven sleds, and 2 client driven. If other cohorts are on the same tour, you will be asked to maintain social distancing (min of 2m) from them at all times.
  • All sleds booked must be of the same household/cohort group as per government regulations. A mask or face covering must be worn on guide driven sleds at all times as physical distancing is difficult here. Those on client driven sleds may remove mask while on the sled unless being assisted by a guide.
  • Tour waivers are now online and a link will be sent to you prior to your tour. We ask that you fill these in and do a covid self assessment (https://myhealth.alberta.ca/journey/covid-19/Pages/COVID-Self-Assessment.aspx) prior to showing up for your tour.
  • Temperatures will be taken using a touch-less thermometer and hand sanitizing required before entering the staging area. All employees will be required to do this as well. Any clients or staff who are not feeling well must stay home.
  • All tour elements that would usually take place inside a tent or teepee will now be held outside in a covered area. You will be required to sanitize and maintain social distancing at all times
  • All equipment and high touch areas will be sanitized between each tour.
  • Our cancellation policies for tours remain unchanged if tour is cancelled 48 hours prior to tour date. If you need to cancel due to covid related reasons within the 48 hours, we will now allow for a full rain check to be issued. If space can be re-sold, a refund will be given

Please contact the office if you have any questions regarding our situation or policies. We are excited about the winter season and getting out on the trail! We appreciate your assistance in keeping us all safe and healthy!

The Mad Dogs Team

You start at 9:00 am at the trailhead for approx. 30 min of orientation on dog sledding, dog handling, and equipment. After assisting the guides with setting up the sleds, you hit the trail. First you head out over the frozen lake then up into the trees to navigate an exciting trail around Mt Nestor to your first rest stop at Mt Nester Viewpoint.

After a snack and warm drink, you will then continue South down the lake, past Buller Creek & Smutz Creek, following the South shore to our day camp below Isolation Ridge.

Here you will enjoy a hot lunch trailside, prepared for you by the Mad Dog Cafe & Market, and have a chance to enjoy the views SW down Bryant Creek and W to the flanks of Fortune Mountain.

Once back on the trail, you will loop around the Frozen Islands, going up and down frozen ice rifts, to connect to the trail back to the trailhead.

This tour requires a reasonable level of physical fitness and stamina.

  • Schedule & Pricing

    Availability - NOT AVAILABLE WINTER 2020/2021

    This tour requires a reasonable level of physical fitness and stamina.

    Tour begins at 9:00 am

    Pricing

    • Prices quoted are per sled
    • $1730 (CAD) + gst per sled for 2 people. ($865+ gst per person)
    • See sled loading document for details of configuration and weights - Please inquire about group programs for 10 or more guests.
    • Not suitable for children under 16 years of age

    This tour is weather dependant.

  • Tour Includes

    • 30 min orientation on dog sledding, dog handling, & equipment
    • Approx 6-7 hours out on the trail with photo stops along the way
    • Campfire at our backcountry campsite with time to warm us and enjoy the breathtaking scenery
    • Delicious hot lunch from the Mad Dog Cafe & Market along with ample snacks and beverages throughout the day
    • Ample time for some great photos of the dogs and the beautiful Rocky Mountains

    Tour duration is approx 7.5 - 8 hours depending on trail conditions which includes orientation, dogsledding, campfire, snacks, beverages and lunch.

  • Transportation

    The only way to get to the Spray Lakes is to drive yourself. There is no public transportation available into this area. As it is a secondary gravel road to the trailhead, we ask that vehicles have a min of front wheel drive and good all-season tires. If nervous about driving in winter conditions, we can provide a lead car to the site from the Mad Dog Cafe in Dead Man's Flats. It would take approx 2.25 hrs from Calgary, 35 min from Canmore, and 1.25 hours from Banff. See our "Map Page" for more info.

  • Small Group Sizes, Real Adventure

    There are a number of dog sledding companies in the Canadian Rockies to choose from. At Mad Dogs & Englishmen Expeditions, we believe in providing an authentic experience, with small group sizes, usually with a maximum of 3 sleds unless more are required for larger groups. By choosing us, you will experience a more personable, relaxed, real adventure... Experience what mushing is really like!

  • Sled Booking info

    This tour cannot be booked online. If interested in booking this tour, please fill out the inquiry form provided for you or call our office directly.

    We run our tours with the following configuration:
    Guide-Driven Sled + Client-Driven Sled + Guide-Driven Sled and so on...

    • For sled configuration purposes, children 10 yrs and up will be considered as an adult. A child 4-9 yrs of age will be considered a child. Infant is any child under 4yrs of age. Please see configuration examples in sled loading document for details.
    • Please call or email our office if booking a group of 10 or more participants. We do offer group discounts and may be able to move sleds around if it appears that we do not have availability for your tour of choice.
    • If your party does not fit in these outlined parameters or you are unsure, please call or email our office. We will be happy to look at your specific needs.

IMPORTANT - THE SLED LOADING DOCUMENT MUST BE READ BEFORE ANY BOOKING

 

For the safety of our dogs and you the humans, please read open and read this document BEFORE you make a booking.

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