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“Don't miss the show!!” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Raptors

The Raptors
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Owner description: Get up close and personal with some of the most amazing creatures on the planet... RAPTORS!! This unique tourist attraction is home to all types of BIRDS OF PREY including several hawk species, bald and golden eagles, several types of owls, peregrine and hybrid falcons and even turkey vultures! Open 7 days a week 10:30 a.m. - 5:00 pm from mid March until October 31st. Flying Demonstrations daily at 11:30, 1:30 and 3:30 from the May long weekend until the September Labour Day Weekend. See many raptors on display then watching a thrilling flying demonstration where anything can happen because these birds fly free! Take a Hawk Walk or Owl Prowl in the woods prior to or after and of the flight demonstations and experience the thrill of a raptor landing on YOUR GLOVE. Browse the gift shop where you can buy anything raptor related from in-depth falconry books to cute little stuffies and snacks. The Raptors also offers a variety of educational falconry courses and summer kids camp. Please check our website for details. Located in Duncan in the beautiful Cowichan Valley just 4k off the main island highway (see the map) 90 minutes north of Victoria and 60 minutes south of Nanaimo by car. Any trip to Vancouver Island would not be complete without this experience.
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“Don't miss the show!!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2013

I visited here in early July 2013 with friends.

It's a small place and doesn't take long to walk around. Due to this check for the display times, you won't be disappointed!

Pleasant, informative staff and plenty of birds to see. We were there when a group of children visited, excellent because many birds were available for seeing up close, there will be an opportunity for you to have one of the impressive animals perched on your arm.

The venue is clean and the animals well looked after.

The show is the highlight. Birds are presented individually in a large open field, watch open mouthed as they swoop down to the trainers. You will be a matter of feet away from these impressive birds. The show is around 30 mins so a good 2 hours can be spent here.

Well worth the money and a visit.

Visited July 2013
Thank sunseasandtequilla
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Whitecourt, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Great for all ages”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2013 via mobile

Two adults and two teenage children We all thoroughly enjoyed the raptors. We did the hawk walk where you walk in the forest with a glove on and get to call the hawk down to your arm and feed it. We got to do this multiple times !
Friendly staff who are great at answering all our questions. Watched one of the flight demonstrations, the birds were so close to our heads that my husbands hat got grazed more than once with a bird wing!

Visited August 2013
Thank Brenda D
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Beautiful birds, up close and personal!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2013

It was late in the day, my sister and I were tired, and I did not want to pony up the entrance fee but I am glad I did! A large selection of raptors of all ages, in a tranquil setting. Up close and personal is what you will find at the Pacific Northwest Raptor Center. The staff is friendly, accommodating and knowledgeable about the residents. The flying demonstrations are awesome! You can almost reach out and touch the birds. Set your camera on its highest speed and get ready for some great shots! The kids will enjoy the photo opportunity as a bird handler, near the entrance. Plan on using the bathroom facilities before you come. Due to the large amount of meat on hand to feed the birds, the flies are evident, especially in the bathroom.

Visited July 2013
Thank Diane M
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Victoria, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“A fantastic opportunity to see raptors up close, really close!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2013

When in the Cowichan area, you must plan to a trip to the Pacific Northwest Raptors. It will give you an opportunity to see the birds up close, really close...You'll feel the wings brushing past your hair as the eagles, owls, falcon, turkey vultures and hawks put on an ariel display.

There are two flying demonstrations each day. A different group of birds on each show.

While waiting to see the flying demos, there are a variety of enclosures and teethered areas to view. It is easy to get around to see all the birds. Great location for all ages.

Reasonably priced and really worth a visit!

Visited June 2013
Thank Karen B
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Amazing Raptors”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2013

Close-up and personal is how we viewed the well-cared-for raptors. Informative and entertaining show held twice a day...perfect photo op.

Visited July 2013
Thank RosalieBelmont
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