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.
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!
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.
Make a Day of it!
A guided tour through the snow-covered forest by dog sled. Advanced reservations required.
Over 400 km of trails to explore by snowmobile or ATV. Advance booking recommended.
Click here for more info or to book your pass online.
The Cookhouse Restaurant
Refuel at our onsite restaurant.
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.
Feel Closer to the Wolves Through Haliburton Forest’s Wolf Howl Experience (No reservations required)
Many people will go their whole lives never hearing a wolf’s howl. Every Thursday evening in July and August join Wolf Centre staff for an interpretive program, followed by a short walk where your guide engages our wolf pack in a round of howls. We can’t guarantee a response from the wolves but we have a pretty good track record.
CANCELLED for 2020.
Hours of Operation:
Currently open Saturdays & Sundays, prebooked timeslots only.
From Wednesday, Dec. 16 – Sunday, March 28 We will be open daily.
Monday-Friday – Advanced reservations are required.
Saturdays & Sundays – Rolling admission (no reservations required) between 9 am – 12 pm & 1 pm-4:30 pm. Last admission is 30 minutes before each time slot ends. A maximum of 26 guests are permitted inside at any time for up to 1 hour each.
Summer: Daily from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Victoria Day weekend to Thanksgiving
Spring and Fall: Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Winter: Monday to Friday from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, mid- December until mid-March
Open daily throughout the Christmas Holidays, March Break, and Family Day Weekend.
Please note that last admission for the public is an hour before posted closing times.
When in doubt, please call ahead!
Phone 800-631-2198 option 3
1305 Redkenn Road, Haliburton, ON, Canada