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Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary

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Address: Range Road 53, Cochrane, Alberta T4C 1B3, Canada
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+1 587-890-9653
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Thu - Mon 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary is dedicated to providing educational programs...

Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary is dedicated to providing educational programs regarding wolves and wolfdogs in order to foster a greater understanding of the importance of preserving wild wolves in the natural environment, as well as providing rescue and safe sanctuary to wolfdogs that have been neglected, abandoned, or otherwise displaced. We provide visitors with a unique opportunity to interact with our wolfdogs and learn all about them.

Guided Tours:

A 45 minute visit to the sanctuary allows visitors to come right into the enclosures and interact with the wolfdogs. This is a great opportunity to learn the key differences between wolves and dogs, and dispel some of the many myths surrounding wolves and wolfdogs. It also gives visitors a fantastic photo opportunity to photograph the wolfdogs without obstructions. A reservation must be made as there is limited availability for this tour. Guided tours are offered at 10:30am, 12:00pm, 2:00pm and 3:30pm. Minimum age limit is 12 years old. These tours are $46 per person.

Self Guided Tours:

An interpretive walk around the sanctuary allows visitors to see our various enclosures and the wolfdogs that reside within them. It is a great opportunity to learn interesting facts about wolves and wolfdogs and explore the sanctuary at your own pace. As space is not limited, no reservation is required and drop-ins are welcome. Minimum age limit is 6 years old. These tours for a limited time are $21 per person.

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Awesome experience

If you love wildlife and love dogs, you must visit here. It was the highlight of our Banff trip. The guide (Scott) was excellent and we enjoyed every minute. We want to go... read more

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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you love wildlife and love dogs, you must visit here. It was the highlight of our Banff trip. The guide (Scott) was excellent and we enjoyed every minute. We want to go back!

Thank JLindsVan
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It was our second visit. If you like dogs, and like wolves, then you must go. Very professional set up and Scott was incredibly knowledgeable and enthusiastic as our guide. We will be going back 😀😀

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Sussex, England
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Don't get me wrong, this is a great place doing a good job. But charging $21 per person and calling it a "tour" when it is basically just an admission charge is a bit much - if it had cost half that, it would have been about right - and I would have spent more in the shop. That said,... More 

Thank Fudge03
Oakville, Canada
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Reviewed March 21, 2017 via mobile

This is one of a few places I will make time to go back to, the wolfdogs are amazing from 20% dog to 80% dog mixtures. Plus you can feed them as you sit, I never realized they wolfs are not like in the movies and are really afraid of humans. It was an eye opener to see a wolf... More 

Thank mitchd117
Billerica, Massachusetts
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Reviewed March 3, 2017 via mobile

We loved this! So informative and the animals are gorgeous! Well worth the trip for an up close experience with these animals!

Thank zwicka0069
Bucharest, Romania
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Reviewed February 17, 2017

During a recent visit to Calgary, my mother suggested that we visit this sanctuary. I'd never heard of it before so I went there with no idea of what to expect. What I found was: a purpose built facility which had the animals' welfare at heart; deeply committed and knowledgeable staff; and an experience that puts you as close to... More 

Thank MrsCommons
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Reviewed February 16, 2017

The sanctuary is absolutely fantastic. Everyone is so knowledgeable, I highly recommend doing the guided tour!

Thank Chrissy W
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Reviewed February 13, 2017 via mobile

They have a passion for their animals. Very informative and educational. A must visit for anyone considering a wolf dog.

Thank Karen B
Belleville, Canada
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Reviewed February 6, 2017

Stopped by on the drive from the Rockies back to Calgary. We were greeted by a very friendly giant dog. We had not booked ahead and also did not have the time to wait for the next tour to start so we did the self-guided walk. Staff was very friendly and very enthusiastic to answer any questions about the place... More 

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Reviewed February 3, 2017

Took my daughter and a friend on a cold and snowy day, the wolf dogs were interested in the girls so stayed close, the staff are really friendly and knowledgeable and want to share that knowledge with you. We went for the mid price tour where you wander around yourself then get a guided session at the end - we... More 

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