Would you like to have fun in the woods with one of the largest wolf packs of the Pacific Northwest? Well, this could be a reality if you live near Vancouver or plan to take a trip there.
You are invited by Predators of the Heart Sanctuary to visit the wolves and get an exclusive tour called the Wolf Encounter Experience that takes two hours. You can book your trip through Airbnb.
Max and Kakoa, the wolf ambassadors of the sanctuary, will greet you at the beginning of the tour and will guide you through the 10-acre sanctuary where there is plenty to see. Don’t worry, there will also be a human guide and someone who takes care of the wolves.
During the tour, you will learn a lot of interesting facts about wolves and their behavior in their natural habitat. Of course, you’ll also meet wolves in real life so you’ll get to see their unique personalities up close.
The wolves in the sanctuary are not separated by humans through fences, so you can actually get really close to the animals. If you’d like to take some snaps for Instagram you don’t have to stress as the sanctuary tries their best to make this possible. They have devoted one part of the tour to help you get the perfect shot of your interaction with the wolves.
Despite their efforts to help you get the perfect Insta story, their mission is naturally a lot bigger than that. Predators of the Heart’s mission is to protect the animals and their natural habitat and to give the wolves a safe home.
That doesn’t mean the pictures didn’t come out amazing. Take a look at the Instagram pictures below, taken by people who visited the sanctuary, to see the results of meeting these beautiful animals up close.
This incredible once in a lifetime experience will cost you $200 a person. This money will go directly to the sanctuary’s mission to help save wolves and conserve their natural habitat. The sanctuary is also working on wildlife education and exotic animal rescue.
In 1998 the organization was founded by Dave Coleburn. “I remember my parents saying go outside and play. So I did, it was then I came to love and respect nature,” Dave writes on the sanctuary’s official website.
The USDA has licensed and insured the sanctuary to guarantee that the animals are well cared for and humanely treated.
The sanctuary’s website reads: “Our goal is to educate children about wildlife, not only to teach the facts about the animals but to use an approach that leads to an appreciation, affection, compassion, and respect for these living creatures – to make it clear that an animal’s value is not determined by its similarity or services to humans.”
Without nature, the human race can also not survive. This is a message that the sanctuary likes to spread to its visitors.
Most of the animals at the sanctuary will stay at the sanctuary for the rest of their lives because they cannot be released back into the wild. Luckily they have a safe, healthy and loving home at the sanctuary.
However, wolves aren’t the only residents at the sanctuary. They also have reptiles, cougars, foxes, birds of prey and many others. They even have a sloth house! See the picture below to see the sweetie-pie that lives there.
Every day Predators of the Heart has two tours available except for Sunday. The morning tour starts at 10 AM and the afternoon tour starts at 1 PM. Make sure to book your tour through Airbnb because walk-ins aren’t an option.
Just a two-hour drive from Vancouver by car and you’ll arrive at the sanctuary, located by Fidalgo Island near Anacortes, Washington.
If you love animals, this is a must-do experience and definitely one for the bucket list.