North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre

North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre, Errington: Hours, Address, North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre Reviews: 4.5/5

North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre

North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre
4.5
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
About
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 eagles can be viewed through one way glass in the largest flight enclosure of its kind in Canada. The Centre's mandate is the rehabilitation of injured and orphaned native wildlife, with a focus on raptors and black bears. GUIDED TOURS: are available for groups of 15 or more. HOURS OF OPERATION: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 7 days a week. ENTRANCE FEES: $15.00.00 adults, $6.00 children aged 3-12, plus applicable taxes.
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1-2 hours
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Cristina C
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada75 contributions
Wonderful family fun
Aug 2020 • Family
This is a fantastic place to visit. The animals are beautiful; the talks, posters and information are interesting and engaging. It is perfect for toddlers and children, while parents will also have a good time. Totally worth the side trip if you're anywhere near the area.
Written April 16, 2021
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HKing2013
Victoria, Canada140 contributions
Great way to support the wildlife - Go Visit!
Mar 2021
Lovely family day out, amazing birdlife - the owls are beautiful. The bears were hibernating, trust it would make it an even greater visit. Great to know ticket sales support the wildlife.
Written March 15, 2021
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PrincessFi88
Vancouver, Canada244 contributions
A must see!
Sep 2020 • Couples
Came here not expecting much but wanting to support wildlife rescue. The place is huge and the enclosures have clearly been lovingly put together. Beautiful animals and nice to see why each one is there. Lots of eagles, owls, and other birds. Definitely recommend!
Written September 27, 2020
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Thank you so much for this great review Princess! Warmest regards, Joyce
Written December 18, 2020
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Marjorie D
5 contributions
Great place to visit
Sep 2020
Loved it...what a great place to spend a couple of hours. This place has an amazing number of eagles, owls and other birds who are permanent residents. They have had accidents or medical reasons why they can no longer live in the wild and these folks are to be commended for keeping the birds safe and healthy. There are signs that give you info on the birds, why they are there etc. The 2 bears were both sleeping while we were there, but there are so many other things to see including the flight barn where 8 eagles were inside, learning to use their wings again. Be sure to spend time watching the ravens, they can be quite entertaining. There are some nature paths and ponds on the property as well. Overall, a great place to visit.
Written September 25, 2020
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Thank you for the thoughtful and very positive review! We are so happy you enjoyed your visit! Warmest regards, Joyce
Written December 18, 2020
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DoubleL_NW
Vancouver, Canada2 contributions
Love of Animals & The Bear Necessities
Sep 2020
A must visit for children and adults. The bear enclosure for us was a highlight, the Bears were having a great time playing in the wooden enclosure. Also a great selection of items in the Gift Shop.
Written September 17, 2020
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Thanks for your great review! Glad you enjoyed your visit! Joyce
Written December 18, 2020
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Rob Hess Nanaimo
Vancouver Island, Canada1 contribution
Wonderful
May 2020 • Solo
Visited by myself on a sunny weekday afternoon in the spring when it wasn't busy. I had a wonderful time wandering around, mostly because the place is not a zoo & so knowing the bear cubs aren't on display because they're being groomed for release back into the wild... & the birds in the cages are injured so badly they simply cannot be released, meant the whole concept is a very good thing. To me the admission fee was just a pretty cheap donation, so I bought a membership too.
Written August 14, 2020
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Thank you for your awesome review Rob! We appreciate your positive thoughts. Warm regards, Joyce
Written December 18, 2020
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Teri S
Nanaimo, Canada18 contributions
A perrenial favourite!
Jul 2020
We are very spoiled to live so close to this wonderful exhibit. The bears were snoozing this time but the other animals were beautiful to see. Lots of owls! Must see if you visit Vancouver Island.
Written August 5, 2020
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Thanks for the 5 Star review Teri! We really appreciate it! Joyce
Written December 18, 2020
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Corrina
1 contribution
Birds, Bears, Guinea Pigs, Turtles, Mature, Its all here!!!
Jul 2020
North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre is a must visit place for people of all ages. The centre is well laid out easy for most people to get around in inside & out. Birds, bears, guinea pigs turtles, its all there! North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre aids wildlife in need with the main goal of returning the animals back to their natural habitat & when that is not possible the animals are kept & well taken care of. Every animal has a story that is told on the signs in front of their now homes, as well as information about the animal, such as sizes, habitats & why the animals are there.. There are live educational demonstrations, full of information & of course the beautiful animals themselves. The bear cubs that have been orphaned or injured have as little human contact as possible & there is live stream video where you can watch the cubs ongoing shenanigans! Eagles that are releasable can be seen through one way glass as they begin the healing journey of flight before their return to the wild. I highly reccommend North island Wildlife Recovery Centre on your trip today!
Written July 30, 2020
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Thank you for this beautiful review! We truly appreciate this! Warmest regards, Joyce
Written December 18, 2020
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Lynn Savoie
31 contributions
Beautiful and Relaxing
Jul 2020
A lovely place to visit. The staff were friendly and informative. The park had many fun and interesting things to visit and see. A great place to go for a relaxing walk. This would also be a fun place to take children to help them learn about animals and give them some places to explore.
Written July 23, 2020
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Thank you so much for the 5 star review! We are happy you enjoyed your visit and you are right, this is a great place to bring children! Warmest regards, Joyce
Written December 18, 2020
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Ellyn T
Nanaimo, Canada277 contributions
A RELAXING AND EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE
Jun 2020
We had not been here in many many years, but were doing a staycation in the area, so decided it would make a good outing. Staff are friendly and informative. We enjoyed watching the eagles in the fly-enclosure, up close looks at other birds and bears. The gardens and pond with the sun-bathing turtles was our favorite part. So serene and beautiful. Made a couple purchases in the gift shop at the end. We were told to be prepared for having to wait outside as only so many are allowed in at a time, but we arrived at a non-busy time and there was no waiting. No problems keeping safe-distancing with other visitors. This place does wonderful work and we were happy to support it by visiting.
Written July 8, 2020
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Thank you so much for your great review Ellyn! The turtles are so delightful!
Written July 14, 2020
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