Northern Lights Wildlife Wolf Centre, Golden

3.4
#2 of 19 in Wildlife in Kootenay Rockies
Hang out with wolves in their natural habitat at Northern Lights Wildlife Wolf Centre, a facility dedicated to the awareness and conservation of these creatures. You'll learn more about wolves and their role in the environment during a 25-minute guided tour. Many people like to bring their cameras and capture them among the dense Rocky Mountain wilderness. The site even offers photography tours for adults where you can walk alongside a wolf with no boundaries, fences, or leashes for 90 minutes. The center also features a gift shop and a seasonal burger shack. Work out when and for how long to visit Northern Lights Wildlife Wolf Centre and other Golden attractions using our handy Golden trip planner.
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  • It is definitely worth a stop if you are in Golden area. It is just few minutes drive outside of the city center. Very educational and very informative. You can tell that people working there are real...  more »
  • This is definitely a worthwhile stop if you are in the Golden area and a place I would take children for the educational experience. The wolves are rescue animals and the staff are knowledgeable and c...  more »
  • On a wet day we ventured out to visit Northern Lights Wildlife Wolf Centre. The amount of information our guide gave us was well overwhelming and very educational. Kids loved it. The centre is doing a...  more »
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  • I honestly CANNOT understand how people give this place good reviews. If you love animals, this is NOT a place to visit and support. The wolves seemed very sad and restless, pacing back and forth. They all looked miserable and there was not enough space for them to be energetic at all. My heart broke as soon as I saw them. They were all very dirty and have sad living conditions. It was VERY HEARTBREAKING. It was DISGUSTING and SAD. This place is clearly there ONLY to make money, because if they cared, their wolves would look better, healthier, and happier, with more space to run. I literally walked in there, saw how horribly sad everything was and out again. I almost cried seeing this and my heart broke to pieces for DAYS. I demanded to get my money back as I am not supporting this sad place. DISGUSTING. DO NOT SUPPORT THIS. Please. Animals are not your property and NOT to be used as objects for your profit. The point is to care, support and help them to live better lives, not be SUBJECTED to this FILTH and put on for show to make hundreds off photography tours. WHO actually signs up for that has to be heartless, because no one in their right mind would want to photograph these poor beings living so sadly. THINK ABOUT THE WOLVES AND HOW THEY FEEL. THINK ABOUT HOW THEY ARE LIVING. THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU ARE SUPPORTING. Again, I honestly CANNOT understand how people give this place good reviews. THINK ABOUT IT. Have a heart and understand from the wolves perspective. Instead of being excited to see a sad living animal. THIS IS NOT WAY FOR AN ANIMAL TO LIVE.
  • Fantastic experience in sanctuary! We had a great guide, despite the fact it was so cold outside! When we arrived, wolves came to check on us and were very interested. If we just knew that we could book a hike with wolves in a forest prior, we would do that for sure! Definitely will be back for hike experience!
  • Went for a walk on new years day with the wolves which was a really cool experience and worth the money. I will say we felt a bit awkward as the woman who runs it had had drinks the night before for new years eve and told us she was grumpy to have to go out. The owner had also brought her friend (previous employee) to walk with us as well and although it wasn't a big deal that she obviously didn't have to pay, we felt a bit annoyed that she had way more photo op time than we did. Her and her boyfriend had got to take pictures alone with the wolves and myself and my boyfriend did not get that chance and got rushed through. I could not help feeling some what offended. Id still recommend doing it as I think it was just bad timing for us but we just wish we didn't have to feel like it was an annoyance for her when we were paying quite a bit to go.
  • Wolves were really neat to see. Cages were bigger than expected. Staff was great. The owner on the other hand. I witnessed her trying to get control of one of the younger wolves that was being aggressive. Then the owner slammed he Wolfe to the ground and booted the wolf multiple times in the ribs. While wearing steel toe boots. Was not impressed one bit. I get it they have to show them who is the boss but this was excessive force. No animal should be kicked especially with steel toe boots. Continue to read horror stories about the owner and how she should not be in the tourism industry.
  • First...these are not rescued wolves, as stated in some other reviews (please note the staff/owners/website clearly state this is not a rescue facility). The talk was informative, although a bit preachy. It would be okay if you were looking for a short stop. I think we were there less than 30 minutes. It was okay...if you have seen wolves before (at a wildlife centre or zoo), do not expect this to better. They do offer a photography tour (we did not do) that does sound mire unique.
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