Our most popular dog sledding tour! Lake Louise, in Banff National Park, is an icon for Canada and a stunning place to visit. Dogsledding is the most popular winter activity and an adventure suitable for anyone.
Combined these are bound to create the most memorable experience of your holiday.
Dogsledding the Great Divide Tour takes you along the base of giant peaks in Lake Louise nearly 8km to the Continental Divide the high point separating the east from the west.
Guests have the opportunity to get to know the dogs, their guides, learn the basics of driving a team and are encouraged to drive the team home, covering 16km (10 miles) in total!
Please arrive 15 minutes before your tour time to meet the guides and dogs! The dogs love visitors and welcome the pre dog sled attention.
You will be mushing in Banff National Park, one of Canada’s World UNESCO Heritage Sites.
The far end of this tour arrives at the historical Great Divide Arch, which marks the watershed division between the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans.
After the tour you have the opportunity to toss the dogs their frozen chicken popsicle.
Allow 1.5 to 2 hours for this tour.
Q: How long does the tour last?
A: The tour lasts about two hours with an hour and a half of dog sledding.
Q: What should I wear?
A: We would suggest that you wear ski gear to this activity, including ski pants and ski jacket. We would also suggest hiking boots or snow boots to keep your feet warm.
Q: Does it get cold in the sled?
A: It can get cold in the sled, we do have you wrapped up in blankets but if you wrap up with appropriate clothing, you should be fine.
Q: Is there an age limit?
A: There isn’t an age limit; we will take guests of any age.
Q: What is the weight limit?
A: We do have a weight restriction of 400lb per sled. If the weight is over the limit you would need to book another sled and there would be a single supplement charge.
Q: How many people can fit in a sled?
A: We can fit two adults in a sled with an infant (under 5 years old) as long as the total weight is under 400lbs.
Q: Is there a height restriction?
A: No there is not a height restriction; taller people may have to bend their knees slightly to feel more comfortable in the sled
Q: Can an infant fit in with two adults?
A: Yes as long as the weight limit is under 400lbs.
Q: How much is an infant?
A: An infant is $30 + Tax if they are going in a sled with two adults. If it is one adult and one infant, the sled is the normal price of $330 + Tax.
Q: What is the age limit for an infant?
A: The age limit is under 5 years old.
Q: Is there transport available?
A: Unfortunately Kingmik does not have any transportation to get to the dog sledding from Banff. However, Discover Banff Tours has a package with Kingmik called the Winter Adventurer which is $199 + Tax per person, based on two people sharing a sled. This includes hotel pick up and drop off from Banff. We will drop you off and pick you up from the dog sledding location for your chosen time (12noon or 2pm) and also give you free time to spend in Lake Louise. We pick up from hotels between 10am and 10:15am and you will be back around 5pm. This will also included guide commentary from Banff to Lake Louise.
Q: Do we sled along the Lake Louise shoreline?
A: Unfortunately not, we head along the Great Divide Trail, and we turn round in British Columbia. We head back along the Great Divide Trail and turn off onto something that looks like Narnia. It is covered with untouched snow and the only evidence that there has been there is the trail that the dogs are running along.
Q: What times does it run?
A: We have three tours a day.
We have 9:30am, 12noon and 2pm. The only day the dogs have a day off is a Thursday.
Q: What is the difference between Mushing 101 and the Great Divide?
A: The difference between Great Divide and Mushing 101 is Mushing 101 is a shorter tour of 30 minutes. It is a taster for dog sledding. It is great if you only have a short amount of time while in Lake Louise or have small children. During Mushing 101 you are unable to mush the sled due to the time limit. Mushing 101 only runs once a day at 4pm with no transport provided. The Great Divide is an hour and half long and runs three times a day. It has a longer trail and gives you a chance to mush as well.
Q. Is it cruel?
A. No it is not cruel, Alaskan Huskies have lots of energy and we harness their energy into dog sledding. The dogs love it and it burns all the excess energy they have.
Prices are based on two adult rates per sled
Maximum two adults and one small child (under 5 years) per sled
Maximum weight per sled is 400lbs (please advise of weight for each guest when booking)
Children 6 and over are charged at the adult rate