by Mark Gordon Brown on 08/09/12 at 11:51 am
My review of the Northern Lights Wolf Center in British Columbia. This is a roadside tourist attraction with live wolves. It also offers information on other wildlife such as bears.
On a recently holiday from our home near Edmonton, to Vancouver, we stopped at a few roadside attractions and tourist places. On our way to Vancouver we passed signs for “Wolves”, we picked up a brochure and made a plan to stop there and see the wolves on our way home.
The Northern Lights Wolf Center is between Golden, BC, and Revelstoke, being closer to Golden. It is about a 10 minute drive off the highway.
We were expecting something different so were slightly disappointed however overall we were still glad we stopped. We expect to see wolves moving around in a more wild setting but it was hot summer day and they were snoozing in cages. The cages themselves were not too bad.
They did have wolf puppies but the puppies were a few months old when we saw them. I would suggest anyone looking to see younger puppies to visit earlier in the year, perhaps May or June, as opposed to our visit which was in July.
We were impressed with the interpretive displays, they had lots of information on wolves and other Canadian wildlife. They also had lots of information regarding various petitions supporting protection for wildlife.
Additionally they had information on the Karelian Bear Dogs, and owned a couple of such dogs too. These dogs are used to teach bears to stay away from human areas and as such the goal would be to avoid fewer bear problems which sometimes result in bears being shot and killed.
Apparently they do also have “walks with wolves” available in which a person could get better pictures than we got. They are open daily, even in the winter, but I would advise you check the weather and road conditions before making a trip in the winter.
As far as roadside zoos and attractions go, I would rate this one as fair. I would say it is worth stopping at if you are driving through the area, but I would not make it a destination for an entire trip. Anyone who likes wolves will enjoy this. The enclosures were pretty good, they had trees, shade, shelter, and interesting areas for the wolves. Had I seen any signs of cruelty or suffering I would not encourage any visitors to this wolf center. The people at Northern Lights Wolf Center are clearly trying to do what they think is right; offering education, and are not just in it for the money.