As a dog owner, a Siberian Husky owner to be exact, I was always a little hesitant about dogsledding tours. I have heard some pretty horrific stories about mistreatment and I certainly didn’t want to contribute to this in any way. As with all travel experiences though, with a little research and due-diligence it is possible to enjoy these experiences while practicing ethical and sustainable travel practices.
The company I found after long and careful research was Kingmik Dogsled Tours, a small locally owned and operated business located on the shores of Lake Louise in Alberta, Canada. Met by the energetic and feisty owner, Megan soon had us bundled in and ready to mush. The dogs were of course beautiful and as excited about the adventure as we were.
It was cold and it was wet, but it was also beautiful. My moment of Zen was when the dogsled erupted out of a copse of trees into a vast field that sparkled with new fallen snow. Without exaggeration I turned around to my partner and said, “Can you believe we’re here, doing this?” Any time you can say that on a trip means that you’ve done something right.
You can organize your own ethical dogsled tour with Megan, just contact Kingmik Dogsled Tours the next time you’re in either Banff or Lake Louise, Canada.