We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre

Features Animals
Closed Now: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Review Highlights
Amazing center

Great place for yourself or your family to visit. They are doing an amazing job and you can tell... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Tina K
Great Visit!

So nice to see the effort being put in to help our wildlife. Take the time to take it all in. It... read more

Reviewed November 27, 2018
Powell River, Canada
Read all 219 reviews
All photos (161)
Full view
Certificate of Excellence
Traveler Overview
  • Excellent70%
  • Very good24%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
“bear cubs”(20 reviews)
“injured animals”(12 reviews)
“black beans”(21 reviews)
The North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre is located in a park-like setting with a peaceful rustic atmosphere. When visiting the centre you will be able to view eagles, several species of owls, falcons, hawks, ravens, and black bears. Rehabilitating...more
Closed Now
Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
See all hours
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
1240 Leffler Road, Errington, British Columbia V0R 1V0, Canada
+1 250-248-8534
Improve This Listing
Top Selling Tours & Activities in and around Errington
from $85.03
More Info
from $157.72
More Info
Reviews (219)
Filter reviews
210 results
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
More languages
Show reviews that mention
All reviews bear cubs injured animals black beans their lives various reasons permanent residents love animals human contact local animals all ages wonderful place to visit informative displays educational visit picnic area beautiful facility interesting place barred owl
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 210 reviews
Reviewed 6 days ago

Great place for yourself or your family to visit. They are doing an amazing job and you can tell the animals are well loved

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank Tina K
Reviewed November 27, 2018

So nice to see the effort being put in to help our wildlife. Take the time to take it all in. It has built up slowly over the years. Staff are great. Price is reasonable for what you get.

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Trip781314
Reviewed November 12, 2018 via mobile

Such a great afternoon spent. The center isn’t a zoo but a rehab for local animals to be put back into the wild. Some animals cannot be returned to the wild because of injuries but nice spacious enclosures for these residents. Plenty of paths and...More

Date of experience: November 2018
2  Thank Kayuo
Reviewed November 10, 2018 via mobile

This is a wonderful place to visit to see wildlife that is no longer able to live in the wild because of injury or human meddling. Some beautiful animals with great personalities. Talking with the staff, you can tell the animals are loved and well...More

Date of experience: November 2018
2  Thank BCtransplant
Reviewed October 23, 2018

There is so much to see here, it is definitely NOT a zoo but run by very caring people as we witnessed being there at the time a number of the enclosures were being cleaned with keepers talking to those birds that were happy to...More

Date of experience: September 2018
2  Thank TheGuv-and-Bolli
Reviewed October 17, 2018 via mobile

We just visited with our 8 year old son. What a wonderful place. Amazing work done to help the animals. Everything was neat and clean, the cages well maintained. One can tell that the donations go to the animals. So much to learn. We stayed...More

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank NikkyD
Reviewed October 11, 2018

My husband and I were visiting the south Island in September, and as I have supported NIWRA's work for a few years, we made the trip up Island to see the facility. We were not expecting too much, as they are not government funded. We...More

Date of experience: September 2018
2  Thank Heather W
Reviewed October 10, 2018

We went with our 2 grandkids 9 & 11 & they rated 5 star...so educational & really let them know about all the critters here on the west coast...highly recommend we will go again when in the area..very rainy that day but they provide umbrellas...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Sunshine552898
Reviewed October 1, 2018 via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the recovery centre. From the warm welcome we received from the lady in the shop to the friendliness of the staff around the centre the visit was educational and very enjoyable. The bears were lovely but the birds are...More

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank LoobyLou03
Reviewed September 30, 2018

There were no viewable bears, but we had a relaxing time just roaming the peaceful grounds and viewing their video. This is always a pleasant stopover. The small museum is interesting and informative and, of course, the gift shop is a pleasant walk through.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Sungron
View more reviews
Nearby HotelsSee all 204 nearby hotels
Travelodge Parksville
667 reviews
2.56 miles away
VIP Motel
47 reviews
2.59 miles away
Sandcastle Inn
142 reviews
2.60 miles away
Quality Resort Bayside
293 reviews
2.72 miles away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 3,177 nearby restaurants
Trail's End Restaurant
13 reviews
.63 miles away
Trees Restaurant
199 reviews
.89 miles away
Texas BBQ
9 reviews
.89 miles away
Back Road Java
5 reviews
.88 miles away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 1,723 nearby attractions
Englishman River Falls Provincial Park
475 reviews
2.11 miles away
Tiger Lily Farm
58 reviews
1.72 miles away
10 reviews
2.65 miles away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Posting guidelines
Travel Forum Posts
Exeter GB
North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre (7 Replies)
I wonderd whether anyone out there had visited this centre in Errington recently. They have a good website and the place looks very interesting yet they don't seem to make into some of the standard guide books (Rough G, Moon G etc). We will be visiting Vancouver Island primarily for the wildlife and this looked a nice stop en route for Tofino and the the North. Any comments?
March 03, 2011|
Response fromMuftiVancouver|
NIWRC cannot be listed on TA because it's seasonal, not year round. What I appreciate about NIWRC is the educational focus. Aside from the enclosures, there are people there with animals who stand nearby to educate people about them. They also give talks about animals in a presentation room. Any orphaned bears are kept in a large sports gym sized "building" with their own playground and wading pond. People look down on them through small windows. They have no idea that anyone is around...More