Our Canadian bucket list is a mile long but thanks to Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary and their guides we were able to cross wolf sighting off our list!
Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary is the only wolfdog sanctuary in Canada. It is home to 17 permanent wolfdogs, 1 Coydog (coyote/dog) and 11 ambassador wolfdogs who help educate the public about wolfdogs and the importance of wolf conservation.
HOW TO GET THERE
The sanctuary is located on 160 acres of farmland between the Rocky Mountains and Calgary and only about 10 minutes from Cochrane, Alberta.
We decided to go on the Interactive Tour. For only $46 you have full access to the sanctuary as well as a 45 minute guided tour and entrance into two wolfdog packs, the Yamnuska Pack made up of high content wolfdogs and the Cascade Pack of low to mid content wolf dogs.
The tour starts with the Yamnuska Pack allowing you to have up-close experiences with wolf dogs that are over 90% wolf. Kuna the alpha female of the pack will eat treats from your hands whereas Zeus, Nova and Rue will only accept treats when thrown a safe meter or two from you. The pack will play, eat, sleep and pace around you, showing off their quirky personalities while your guide provides tonnes and tonnes of information about the pack’s background, wolfdog difficulties and ownership, and the similarities between them and wild wolves.
TIP: Kuna’s favourite treats are jerky, your guide will make sure you each have some to give to her. By holding out your hand and showing the treat she will come up to you and take the treat from your hand, don’t worry though she is super gentle!
The next part of the tour takes you to the Cascade Pack. Upon entry you will be greeted by Loki, Rocky and Nikki who are only more than happy to accept cuddles and pats, Loki will even shake your hand! Your guide will again give out treats for you to hand out. Loki and Rocky will gladly accept treats from anyone whereas Nikki is a little shy and will pick people she wants to approach. Your guide will point out the differences between the two packs and how wolf content impacts the behaviour of the animals.
At the end of the tour, you will be extremely well informed and amazed by the experiences you just had with these incredible animals.
To find out more about the sanctuary, wolfdogs for adoption, how you can help or information on tours please visit their website by clicking here.