Capture the Beauty
of Wolfdogs

Wolfdog Photography TOur

Wolfdog Photography Tour

Calling all photographers! We have created a photography tour that allows you to photograph 3 different wolfdog packs without visual barriers. You will also have access to explore at your own pace photographing the wolfdogs from the outside of the enclosures. This program aims to run a few times per year at the most picturesque points of each season.

Itinerary & highlights:

  • Guided sanctuary experience
  • Ample photo opportunities of the wolfdogs without visual barriers
  • Exclusive access to the Sanctuary before opening to the general public
  • Includes general admission to the Sanctuary

Things to Remember:

  • Prepare for the weather, you will be outside for the duration of visit.
  • The wolfdogs are not trained to pose.
  • This is a standing tour; seating is not readily available.
  • Remember to review our Sanctuary Rules
  • This tour is currently not wheelchair accessible.
  • Tours run rain or shine, -30C or +30C. Please note that the wolfdogs' activity levels may vary throughout the day.

The Sanctuary rules 

You are a visiting a sanctuary, not a zoo, and our top priority is to protect the wellbeing of our wolfdogs. Many of our rescued wolfdogs have had negative experiences with humans prior to arriving at the sanctuary and therefore can be quite fearful of certain smells, sounds, and objects.

The wolfdogs are much more sensitive than regular dogs and therefore the following rules must be followed to ensure your visit to the Sanctuary does not disrupt the wolfdogs.

No Dogs permitted

No dogs are permitted on the Sanctuary grounds at any time. This includes service dogs and dogs in the parking lot. The wolfdogs are extremely sensitive to other canids, therefore bringing your dog (even in your car) is extremely disruptive to the animals living at the Sanctuary. If we see a dog in your vehicle we will immediately call Cochrane Animal Control to have the dog removed.

No smoking permitted

No smoking is permitted on the Sanctuary grounds (including the parking lot). This poses a major fire risk to the Sanctuary as well as also being very irritating for the wolfdogs sensitive olfactory senses.


Children are not allowed to run, wander, or behave loudly on the Sanctuary grounds. In order to ensure a stress-free environment for the wolfdogs, children must be monitored at all times and kept close by. Any parent or child not respecting our policies will be asked to leave immediately. Check Tour Descriptions for age requirements.

Dress Code

Tours run in all weather conditions; rain or shine, -30C or +30C. Please ensure that you dress for the weather as you will be outside for the duration of the tour, and wear appropriate footwear as this is a walking tour. On cold winter days, we highly recommend snow pants, gloves, a toque and a warm coat! We kindly ask you don't wear any fur products.

Umbrellas are not permitted on the Interactive Tour or Intro Tour, however, these tours do have shelters. While walking the general admission pathways on the Sanctuary Walk umbrellas are welcome.

Should you have any questions about the dress code, please feel free to contact us!

General Behaviour

Loud or unruly behaviour towards the wolfdogs will not be tolerated. Visitors must not whistle, call or otherwise heckle the wolfdogs. Visitors must be respectful of the wolfdogs and the facility at all times (i.e. do not throw things into the enclosures, do not climb over fences, do not go through restricted areas). Anyone found not respecting our policies will be asked to leave immediately.

Become an annual member

Get the following benefits as a Yamnuska annual member:
Unlimited access to our Sanctuary walk
50% off our Intro Tours
10% off merchandise in the gift shop
10% off Guest Admission
Invitations to special events

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