Canada Travel

Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary

March 23, 2017

 

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.

 

Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary - White Petal Travels

 

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.

Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary - White Petal Travels

 

THE TOUR

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.

 

Yamnuska Pack

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!

 

Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary - White Petal Travels

Nova – Yamnuska Pack

Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary - White Petal Travels

Zeus – Alpha of the Yamnuska Pack

Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary - White Petal Travels

Rue – Yamnuska Pack

 

Cascade Pack

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.

Loki and Rocky – Cascade Pack

Loki, Rocky and Nikki – Cascade Pack

 

 

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.

 

Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary - White Petal Travels

Shadow – Temple Pack

Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary - White Petal Travels

Nakita & Lark- Rundle Pack

Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary - White Petal Travels

Rango – Coydog

Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary - White Petal Travels

Kasha – Castle Pack

Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary - White Petal Travels

Kaida – Engadine Pack

 



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7 Comments

  • Reply Nina March 24, 2017 at 9:53 am

    Amazing pictures! What a wonderful experience this must have been, they look lovely.

    • Reply whitepetal March 24, 2017 at 12:28 pm

      Hi Nina!
      Thank you, it was the first time trying out my new camera!
      It honestly is a great experience and I highly recommend it if your in the area!
      xx

  • Reply Tasha March 26, 2017 at 1:54 am

    This looks like a fantastic experience. I love learning about animal conservation so I’m sure I’d love to do something like this when I one day visit Canada. It’s nice that you could interact with the wolves too.

  • Reply Olivia March 29, 2017 at 2:25 am

    Amazing pictures and post! Wolfs are beautiful it would be great to visit one day! Thanks for sharing!!

  • Reply http://whimsicalwolfblog.com/ March 29, 2017 at 9:02 am

    This is amazing, im glad that a place like this exists for wolves. Wolves are my favorite animal, also my spirit animal. Beautiful pictures. Thank you for sharing. . My name is Brandy, and im new to the blogging community, its very nice to meet you. I hope you have a blessed week http://whimsicalwolfblog.com/

  • Reply Chelf March 29, 2017 at 5:38 pm

    your photography skills are amazing!

  • Reply Zesty Olive April 3, 2017 at 11:28 am

    Gorgeous creatures! If I ever visit Canada (which is on my Life List!) this place will definitely be on it!

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