Visit the Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary

Wolfdogs are controversially bred in as exotic pets for idiots have no idea what they’re getting themselves into. The hybrid animal tends to be aggressive and destructive, unpredictable, and can be dangerous.  Because they need large, secure enclosures, raw meat diets, and specialized veterinary care, wolfdogs are often abandoned or euthanized. Located about halfway between Calgary and Banff, The Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary has 43 permanent residents. It was founded to raise public awareness about both wolf dogs and wolves, becoming a safe haven for abandoned, rescued and donated wolf-dogs. Visitors can view the animals, learn about their behaviour and challenges, and get closer on an interactive tour.

Cost: You can book a Wolfdog Interactive Tour, a Wolfdog Intro Tour or a Sanctuary walk.  Click here for the latest tour prices.   Note that the minimum age for the Interactive Tour is 15 years old.  

Best Time to Go: The Sanctuary is open Thursday – Monday, 10am – 5pm, year-round. 

Where to Stay: I can recommend the Marriott Residence Inn downtown. Kids will go bananas for the included buffet breakfast.

Where to Eat:  Check out Fence and Post in nearby Cochrane. 

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Getting There:   If you’re driving from Calgary, the Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary takes about 45 minutes. It’s about an hour’s drive from Banff along the Trans-Canada Highway.

Notes from Robin: The sanctuary does a fantastic job educating the public, looking after the animals they rescue, and advocating for both wolves, canines and hybrids.   Believe it or not, there are idiots who still breed wolf-dogs for idiots who think it would be cool to own a wolf.  As you’ll learn, it not.  


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