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Sanctuary amenities

In addition to our amazing wolfdogs, we have a brand new visitor centre filled with souvenirs and additional information and resources on wolfdogs and wolves. All proceeds from the sale of merchandise go directly towards caring for our wolfdogs, as well as supporting incoming rescues. Nestled in the foothills of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, there’s ample parking for buses and RV’s as well as outdoor picnic tables. 

The Sanctuary grounds

Pathway

Enclosures

Visitors Centre

Entrance

Restrooms

Visitor parking

Range Road 53

Picnic Tables

Getting here

Follow the link below to get directions from your location to Yamnuska. Simply click on the directions icon, then enter your starting address.

Google map directions

What our visitors have to say

This was one of the most informative, awe inspiring, humbling experiences of my life. The amazing animals & the passion of our guide Angie was fabulous. Not only will I go back again, highly recommend for all dog lovers.

I was extremely impressed at how they want to do as much as possible to educate the public about the plight of these wolfdogs. Thank goodness there is a place like this to help them. I am planning on returning yearly if not more often.

This was by far one of my favorite activities to do when I was on vacation in Banff.
The staff was knowledgeable, friendly and really impressed. The entire experience exceeded my expectations.

Absolutely amazing, certainly a hidden Alberta gem. We participated in an interactive tour where Angie shared her stories and knowledge of working with the wolfdogs. It was great, we got to feed them treats. Nova performed tricks. Loki welcomed us into the enclosure, eventually shaking my hand.

Can't even explain how amazing this experience was. The staff were so kind and knowledgeable. The wolfdogs were so beautiful and friendly to meet. Gift shop is a must if you want to support this non profit place.

The wolfdogs were majestic animals and it was amazing to have them eat treats out of our hands. We even got to participate in a wolfdog howl. So much fun, so interesting and really enjoyed the beautiful animals!

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.

Visitor accessibility 

Currently we can accommodate individuals requiring walkers or carts on our Sanctuary Walk, but due to the minimum age limit, strollers aren’t allowed. We are currently fundraising to build paved paths to become more wheelchair accessible, but don’t have the facilities in place as of yet. Wheelchairs are permitted on the Sanctuary Walk, however, please keep in mind that our pathways are natural ground and therefore are uneven in sections. Our Interactive Tour and Intro Tour are not wheelchair/walker/cart accessible. There aren’t any service dogs allowed on the site as they would negatively impact the wellbeing of 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

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. The minimum age requirement to visit the Sanctuary is 6 years old.

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.

Dress Code

  • If participating in the Intro or Interactive tours, for your safety please follow our dress code below:
  • No pom poms or dangling lures on clothing, shoes or accessories
  • No clothing, shoes or accessories with fur or faux fur including sheepskin and feather coats
  • No open toed footwear such as sandals or flip flops. Laced shoes must have laces tucked

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

COVID-19 RULES FOR YOUR VISIT

  • Please practice physical distancing while onsite.
  • If you are sick or not feeling well, do not visit the Sanctuary.
  • Masks are required while visiting the Sanctuary. This includes while outside.
  • Please use provided hand sanitizer upon entry and exit into the Sanctuary.
  • Please ensure you are prepared for the weather for your visit as we have minimal indoor facilities