Wolf Centre: An Ontario Signature Educational Experience
Inspiring the Conservation of Canadian Wolves
Read more about the history of Haliburton Forest’s Wolf Pack or learn more about our Wolf Centre in this video.
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Educating the Public About Wolf Behaviour and Wolf Ecology
The Wolf Centre is a 5,000 square foot, all indoor facility that houses self-guided, museum-style exhibits, a cinema and classroom, a souvenir shop, a large indoor observatory, and it is wheelchair accessible! Our staff are onsite to answer any questions you may have, so don’t be shy! The wolves are viewed through one-way glass from inside the building. Visit the observatory and maybe catch a glimpse of Haliburton Forest’s wolf pack: permanent residents of Haliburton Forest since 1993.
With live wolfcams and wolf exhibits, you can almost always catch a glimpse of our wolves as they wander through their large, naturally forested environment. Plus, with our mission to educate, you can personalize your visit by asking our friendly staff more about our wolves.
Make a Day of it!
The Cookhouse Restaurant
Refuel at our onsite restaurant.
Enjoy breathtaking views on this 3.5 to 4 hour Canopy Tour. Your guide will take you on an adventure in 4 parts:
A scenic drive, paddle a canoe, a guided hike, and the Canopy Tour itself, where you’ll walk through the treetops at 10-20 metres above the ground.
Advance booking required.
Guided by one of our kennel staff, hike with one of our furry friends to MacDonald Lake. There you’ll have the opportunity to cool off, go for a swim!
Advanced reservations required.
Beyond the Forest
Explore more of Haliburton with an exciting custom experience with Yours Outdoors!
General Admission: Guide yourself through our indoor education centre and its many museum displays, watch a documentary in our theatre, visit the gift shop and of course, view the wolves from one of two indoor observation areas. Our friendly staff are on hand to interpret and answer the questions you have while visiting, so don’t be shy!
Special Experiences: Ask us about what special experiences may be going on during your visit, like Painting with Wolves or Evening Howls. View the availability calendar and book them now by clicking the “Book Online” button.
Currently admission is only being offered as 1.5 hr time slots. Some guests will use every minute of their time, and others may feel ready to depart before the time is up. You can use as much of your timeslot as you see fit.
During regular operation (pre-Covid) we typically recommend to plan to spend about 45 minutes just to see all the displays, read some info and ask a few questions. If you stay for a video presentation in the theatre, add another 20-45 minutes. Some guests spend hours watching the wolves, while other prefer a quick peek through. The choice is yours.
Our wolves can only be viewed through the one-way glass of our indoor observation rooms. The entire facility is indoors and does not offer outdoor viewing. If you would like to spend some time outside while you are here, visit our Main Office to speak with our staff about day pass options for using our spring to fall hiking/biking trails.
There is no particular time of day, or day of the week that is better than another to view the wolves. While most days, most of our pack chooses to hang out within sight, we cannot guarantee the wolves will be visible or active at the time of your visit. We recommend visiting in the winter to see the wolves in their thick winter fur. They are also typically more playful and active in the cooler weather.
Our wolves eat once every 5-10 days on a randomized schedule designed to mimic the feeding patterns of a wild pack. We do not publicize when we will be feeding the wolves, to prevent adding additional stress to mealtime.
Our wolves are fed 15-20 pounds of meat each at feeding time – a mix of beaver as well as roadkill deer and moose. All the food our wolves receive is already dead, as it is not humane to put in a live animal that has no chance of escaping, like it would in the wild.
No. Our facility is designed to mimic the wild as closely as possible, so we do not touch or interact with our wolves in any way. They are unsocialized and because of this they maintain their fear of humans like a wild wolf. This also means they maintain much of the behaviour and social structures of wild packs, and we are able to observe them in a way that is not typically possible in a zoo environment.
Just over 7 acres! There is a divider fence located near the building that sections off part of their enclosure and has four gates in it that are always open for the wolves to come and go through to the larger area. Because of the size of the enclosure, the wolves are not always visible from the observation areas, and we cannot guarantee you will see them.
Feel Closer to the Wolves Through Haliburton Forest’s Private Wolf Howl Experience
Many people will go their whole lives never hearing a wolf’s howl. This summer join us nightly for an interpretive program, followed by a guided evening hike where your guide will howl to our wolf pack to encourage a response. We can’t guarantee a response from the wolves but we have a pretty good track record. Available June 26-September 6th, 2021. Off-season dates available by request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Book your private experience now by clicking the “Book Online” button above, and selecting “Evening Howl”.
Hours of Operation:
As a result of the province-wide Emergency Brake, the Wolf Centre is currently closed. We will reopen when government restrictions allow us to safely do so.
If you require assistance during this time, please contact the Main Office of Haliburton Forest by phone (1-800-631-2198 option 1) or email (email@example.com).
Reservations required. When in doubt, please call ahead!
Phone 1-800-631-2198 option 3
1305 Redkenn Road, Haliburton, ON, Canada