On our family road trips, I try to make sure I build into our itinerary some time to stretch our legs. While doing research for our recent Canada Powder Highway ski trip, I discovered an interesting diversion between Revelstoke and Kicking Horse ski resorts, just outside of Golden, B.C. It’s called the Northern Lights Wildlife Wolf Centre and the goal of the facility is to promote wolf (and bear) conservation throughout the natural environment.
“Wolves? Where?” It was exactly what was needed to pry my kids away from their digital devices for a few minutes and get them out in the fresh mountain air.
A visit to the centre includes a guided educational tour where you learn about the wolves in both their natural environment and in this well run habitat. You can’t help but be struck by how beautiful and strong these creatures are. These are wolves, not dogs, however, so naturally, they are kept in a large enclosure. For those who would like a closer encounter, the facility also offers the opportunity to take photos of the wolves while on a nature walk (must be booked ahead).
During our tour, I asked the owner about the recent (and very controversial) wolf culls in British Columbia and Alberta (It’s pretty much like Never Cry Wolf all over again, where the wolves are being blamed for the dwindling caribou numbers ). Obviously, if you run a wolf conservation centre, this would not be good news and my children pretty much left the facility chanting “Save the wolves ! Down with the caribou !” I had to explain to them that one must try to take these things with a grain of salt (there was no representative from a caribou conservation centre there), but I did 100% agree with the fact that many of our species are under strain due to development and loss of habitat. One look at these gorgeous creature and you couldn’t help but want to join in the fight.
northern lights wildlife wolf centre (website)
reviews: 4 / 5 stars on tripadvisor
location: 1745 short road, golden, b.c. (see map)
cost: adults $12, seniors $9, children 4-11 years $6, family of 4 $35
important note: the facility only accepts cash (ATM on premises)
for more: a 30 second video (or view in browser).