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November 2014

After trekking several kilometres accross the lake, the guide’s sled veers up the bank and into the forest where the teams run on an old, snow-covered service road. A hill lies ahead. This means the humans have work with the dogs and push the sled up the incline in the shin-deep snow. Man and dog become a team. This realization is the goal for Mad Dogs and Englishmen, the company that has organized this half-day journey into Kananaskis country.
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The Globe and Mail
February 2012

Few things beat skiing a snow-covered trail with your canine companion in tow, except perhaps when you’re the one in tow. Skijoring, literally “ski driving” in Norwegian, is a sport in which a skier travels with the help of one or more dogs.

Travel Age West
January 2011

This short, easy ride is perfect for families, budget-minded clients or anyone who is hesitant about dogsledding. It includes about 40 minutes on a gentle route with a stop at a native teepee along the way.

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Travel Alberta
September 25, 2009

Dog sledding is one of the coolest winter activities. But when the snow’s gone, there’s downtime for the hundreds of dogs at Alberta dog sled operations. During the spring and summer, you can tour these sled dog kennels for a hands-on look.

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The Insider Magazine, US
by Rita Cook - June 2009

Mad Dogs and Englishmen is really the best place for dog sledding in the area. The dogs pulled us over a frozen lake and believe me, they have more energy than I did when we were finished. Anyone who says dog sledding is easy hasn't done it, as i stood behind the basket in the musher position I was exhausted.

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The Insider Magazine, US
by Rita Cook - January 2009

Dog sledding can be one of the best outdoor winter activities you will ever experience. From the sound of the dogs barking as they beg to be chosen to pull the sled to the sudden quiet as each dog runs in unison with only the sound of the snow under their paws and the wind rushing through your hair. Indeed, it's a picture of calm and beauty that is hard to forget once you have explored the frozen tundra with man's best four-legged friends.

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Fall Line Skiing Magazine, UK
by Yves Garneau - January 2006

Only a twenty minute drive from Banff, one of Canmore's finest adventures has got to be dogsledding. We meet up with Russell Donald, owner and operator of 'Mad Dogs and Englishmen' (maddogsexpeditions.com), not really expecting to be greeted by a real Englishman who'd just spent several days out in the bush training the British army. "The dogs have been out four days but they've still got plenty of juice," Russell explains as he gives us a crash course on preparing the sleds. "Put on something warm, we'll be out there for a few hours," he continues, releasing the hatches on Oreo and Alaska's cages. The snow crunches under the dog's paws and their excited whimpers accentuate their eagerness to keep running. Soon, they're hurtling across a frozen lake in Kananaskis country, fearing only one disappointment... being stopped!

by Debbie Olsen, for the Calgary Herald

Mushing Through the Snow: Dogsledding

It's an almost magical experience -- dogsledding in the mountains. I snuggled up to my 11-year-old son, Dylan, as we rode inside the sled driven by our guide Dave.

The scenery was a winter wonderland and we tilted our heads up to see the snow-capped evergreens against the vivid blue sky. Riding's great, but to feel like a real musher, ask your guide for a turn at the reins, and learn to lean in and out of turns as you drive.

Cool Caper: Mad Dogs and Englishmen Expeditions co-ordinates Canmore.

Prairies to Mountains of Southern Alberta

December 31, 2007 by Jerry (Calgary, AB)

(...) I made a number of stops for photo-ops as the lighting was wonderful with soft dreamy images presented on all the cardinal points of the compass rose. I was making good time as I knew that the sled dogs with their human cargo would not get underway till probably around ten. I reached the Spray Valley and had pulled over for a photo-op when I was passed by the "Mad Dogs & Englishmen" dog sledding truck with its load of dogs and sleds making its way to the off-load point. The name of this dog sledding operation makes me think of the 1970's live album by Joe Cocker, featuring a fusion of rock and soul. I hate to date myself by telling you that I saw Joe Cocker in concert when I was much younger. I will have to ask Russell, the owner of "Mad Dogs & Englishmen" about the name sometime.

I arrived to total bedlam as dogs and handlers with a topping of excited visitors all were milling about the five sleighs being made ready to get underway. With orientation on dog-sledding, dog handling and equipment out of the way and the dogs harnessed to their sleds, it was time that each team hit the trail for a tour of the Spray Lakes in Kananaskis Country, some of the most spectacular scenery in the Canadian Rockies. I shot many more photos on this day of the many activities happening in and around the Spray Valley, however I will have to save them for another day as its time for me to make my way into Canmore for a planned lunch at the Crazyweed. See-ya on the trail.

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