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Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary
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Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary Guided Tour
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Zurich, Switzerland
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4 reviews
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“you have to go!”
Reviewed April 2, 2014

When you love wolves you have to go! I will go again shortly. You can take pictures of wolfdogs and sell them as wolf pictures. :-)

Visited March 2014
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46 reviews
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“A great experience”
Reviewed March 11, 2014

We loved our visit. Really nice setting to learn more about wolfdogs. Very informative. Good to sit in the enclsure whilst the dogs were around us

Visited March 2014
4 Thank BoardergirlSurrey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“So glad we went!”
Reviewed February 19, 2014

What an outstanding way to spend an hour immersed in a wolfdog pack's environment. The trip was worth the $40 ticket many times over. The lady who runs the experience was very knowledgeable about wolfdogs (I must have asked her fifty questions!), but most importantly she was very passionate about her pack (which is made up by several rescue wolfdogs).

We got to sit on nice chairs inside the enclosure and whilst some of the higher content wolfdogs were quite weary of us and took their time before coming close, other wolfdogs were more open to human contact.

It was a lovely experience which I recommend everyone going in or near Canmore!

QUICK TIP: Do not book with a tour company. We were quoted CA$400 for the two of us for transport + tickets. Instead we called a local cab company (MTN - Jim was our driver - a very lovely man with a passion for linguistics!) and they drove us there and back for $90 + $80 for both our tickets = $170, meaning we saved $230 by not going with a tour!

Also, make sure you book ahead because they only keep the visitors to a maximum of 6 per tour and they don't run tours every day as the wolfdogs need their rest and time to digest their big meals!

Visited February 2014
9 Thank el_ser83
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Perth, Australia
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“Amazing experience for anyone interested in animals!”
Reviewed February 11, 2014

We were running a little late but there was no problem at all as we were the only tour for 10.30. Having met the friendly 'guard dog' we were greeted by the friendly owner and signed some waiver forms before entering the pen. We sat down as it was less intimidating for the wolf dogs and spent a good 45minutes having an informal talk about the history of the wolfdogs and the talk followed the questions we asked. We were lucky as both the Alfa female as well as the thee high content wolfdog Nova (part arctic wolf) both ate from our hands (as well as the other two low/mid content girls who were literaly all over us). Such a good experience! Just remember to wear extra layers as it does get quite cold as you're not moving around. All of us want to go back and have recommended it to friends.

Visited February 2014
2 Thank Macy286
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East Sussex, United Kingdom
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“Would go again and again”
Reviewed February 2, 2014

We went for the 14:00 session (the warmest of the day, however in January this does mean the sun is in your eyes a little for the photos... however this also means you can get some very atmospheric photos).
I went to visit a friend in Canmore and I had heard of the sanctuary and found it again via the "Visit Alberta" page on Facebook. Three of us went, myself, my friend and my partner, we were very lucky to be the only people booked on for that session (although I believe the sessions are not massive, I cannot imagine you would ever have a bad experience on this tour).
We were welcomed and signed out waivers and then taken into the enclosure where we sat (less intimidating for the wolfdogs) and got to see them and find out lots of information on them and feed them some treats.
You get to find out their histories and how the sanctuary came about, my partner received a lot of love from two of the female wolfdogs as they were trying to flirt with him so I got some brilliant photos. All the wolfdogs interacted with the host and came close enough to get a really good look at, and one of the higher content dogs (the alpha female) even took some of the treats from our hands too.
The price is not much and goes to support the work they are doing to help re-home these beautiful animals as well as look after the residents.
I recommend this place so highly, you honestly will not regret going

Visited January 2014
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