Tourist Attraction, the Northern Lights Wolf Center

Mark Gordon BrownStarred Page By Mark Gordon Brown, 9th Sep 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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A brief review of the Northern Lights Wolf Center, located near Golden, British Columbia. A small road side tourist attraction with real wolves.

The Northern Lights Wolf Center

The Northern Lights Wolf Center is a tourist attraction between Golden, BC, and Revelstoke, being closer to Golden. It is about a 10 minute drive off the highway.

The first thing we noticed was a "No Dogs Allowed" sign, so if you are traveling with your dog, please leave your windows open and keep your dog in your car. The concern is that the dogs may excite the wolves, or even spread disease. As well the owners keep special dogs used to scare away bears from areas where people frequent.

Visiting Wolves

We were expecting something different so were slightly disappointed however overall we were still glad we stopped at the Northern Lights Wolf Center. Having picked up brochures earlier we expected 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.

The wolf center 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.

Wildlife Education

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 the Northern Lights Wolf Center had information on the Karelian Bear Dogs, and owned a couple of such dogs too. The Bear 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 can sadly result in bears being shot and killed, click here to see such a bear.

More information on the Northern Lights Wolf Center

The Northern Lights Wolf Center does 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 the Northern Lights Wolf Center as fair. Our visit lasted just under an hour. 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.

If I saw any signs of cruelty or suffering I would not encourage any visitors to this wolf center. but it appeared the people who run this center were interested in helping wildlife and educating the public.

Other Links

About Owning a Pet Wolf

Tourist Stop, Emerald Lake, British Columbia

Tourist Stop, Johnston Canyon, near Banff, Alberta

Northern Lights Wolf Center

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Animals, Bear, British Columbia, Canine, Dogs, Golden, Karelian, Lights, Northern, Revelstoke, Tourist Attraction, Wild, Wildlife, Wolf, Wolves

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Raised in Michigan, I have a son who recently joined the Military. I am living in Canada with my wife where we have a hobby farm.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
9th Sep 2012 (#)

Nice one Mark.

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
9th Sep 2012 (#)

Great informative article.

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author avatar Christine Crowley
9th Sep 2012 (#)

Very nice article.

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author avatar Denise O
9th Sep 2012 (#)

I would for sure stop by if I just happen to pass by the place. Great information on the northern lights wolf center. Love the photos, I bet you were itching to get closer with that camera of yours. As always, thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
9th Sep 2012 (#)

a lovely thought filled piece Mark...thank you...

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
13th Sep 2012 (#)

bye the way, I love the direwolves in the Clash of Kings novel...(Game of Thrones)

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author avatar johnnydod
15th Sep 2012 (#)

These animals are fascinating, I have a friend who would love to visit the Northern Lights Wolf Center, we have a place here in the UK as well, it can be found here,
Thanks Mark, a great article

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author avatar krrymarie
2nd Oct 2012 (#)

Lovely write. I do love wolfs and would love to have something like that in England. perhaps we do and I just haven't came across it yet.

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