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Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary, AB

In October of 2013, Sean and I were in mega-save mode for our upcoming volunteer trip to Southeast Asia.  When we managed to get a chunk of days off together, we threw around a few ideas of places we could go, but, deciding that we needed to save our funds, we opted for a “staycation”.  We looked into unique things to do in and around Calgary, and I stumbled upon the Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary on tripadvisor of all places.  After reading wonderful reviews, I booked a visit.

The sanctuary is located in Seebe, AB, which is just outside of Canmore.  We went at a time when the fall colours were absolutely spectacular.  ***Note: The Sanctuary has since been moved to a new location in Cochrane, AB.  Some of the details recorded in this post may be different at the new location.***

Taken from the parking lot of Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary

For $39/person, an incredible woman named Georgina will take you into the massive back yard behind her home, which doubles as the wolfdog sanctuary.  In a huge fenced area, she will take you to sit down in a row of lawn chairs.  (We later learned that when we’re seated we are not seen as such a threat to the wolfdogs).  She then proceeded to guide us through an incredibly informative and enlightening hour-long session with the wolfdogs.  Some of them were friendlier than others, coming right up to eat treats out of your hand, while others kept their distance curiously.  We took tons of photos and enjoyed our day immensely.

Nova & Zeus, two High-Content Wolfdogs
Sean & Kaya…she’s just a “baby” in this picture…
Sleepy Wolfdog. Note the tongue.
Kaya & I

I would recommend a visit to Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary to anyone in the area.  It was a true eye-opener for us to learn so much about these magnificent creatures, and it also talked us out of ever attempting to own one as a pet.  Georgina provides such an incredible service, experience, and education…you can tell that she’s very passionate about what she does.  These wolfdogs are her life.

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Ashley Dempster is a twenty-something Canadian Travel and Adventure blogger based in Calgary, Canada. Her passions include good food, minimalist packing, running, music, and chasing down every opportunity for adventure.


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