Albertans have a few secrets to ensure that winter is warm, cozy, fun and safe. And when those locals have four legs and an eagerness to share, winter gets even better. The dogs of winter in Alberta are more than just companions. They make sure we stay safe on the ski hills, take us on memorable rides through the snow, and show us the best ways to cozy up by the fire. Here are three canines proving the dog days of winter are the best time of year in Alberta.
Rosie is the friendly four-legged ambassador of Storm Mountain Lodge in Banff National Park. She’s found her happy place there, and it’s her job to help guests find theirs too. During the day, find her soaking up sunny afternoons playing in the snow. At night, she’s most content curled up by a crackling fire. Be sure to join her – she likes the company.
Heidi is an avalanche rescue dog-in-training at Sunshine Village in Banff National Park, and she’s a puppy with big goals. She’s still mastering the green runs, but one day she’ll be ready to tackle black diamonds and even rugged backcountry terrain. Heidi is on her way to keeping skiers and boarders safe for years to come.
Aldrin is the leader of a seven-dog sled team with Snowy Owl Sled Dog Tours in Canmore. He works hard, but he plays harder. He’s the type of dog others look up to. He also loves taking visitors for exciting rides down breathtaking mountain trails, breathing in the fresh air and chasing his next adventure.