North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre

North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre

North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre
4.5
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
About
The North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre is located in a park-like setting with a peaceful rustic atmosphere. When visiting the centre you will be able to view eagles, several species of owls, falcons, hawks, ravens, and black bears. Rehabilitating eagles can be viewed through one way glass in the largest flight enclosure of its kind in Canada. The Centre's mandate is the rehabilitation of injured and orphaned native wildlife, with a focus on raptors and black bears. GUIDED TOURS: are available for groups of 15 or more. HOURS OF OPERATION: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 7 days a week. ENTRANCE FEES: $15.00.00 adults, $6.00 children aged 3-12, plus applicable taxes.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • OntarioTravellers2
    Sarnia, Canada443 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous attraction
    This is a must see if you are in the area but you need at least 2 hours to enjoy it all ! There is something for everyone here from birds to bears to beautiful decor! A great deal of imagination was used to create this memorable attraction. The displays are well maintained with lots of useful information. The animals are well cared for and are in very large containment areas. There were a lot of driftwood creations, walking paths, picnic areas and peaceful spots to enjoy.
    Thank you for the wonderful review! We appreciate it! Our small staff and incredible , hardworking volunteers dedicate their time to make this happen. We hope you can come again soon! Cheers, Eden
    Written April 23, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written April 21, 2023
  • Terry J
    85 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place to visit and learn!
    A great way to spend the afternoon! This sanctuary is not only functioning as a recovery place for animals, it is also beautiful. Signage tells the story of the animal, what they are, and how they came to be in care. We appreciated one of the animal handlers taking time to talk to us about his work, the animals, and what they are doing at the Centre.
    Thank you for your incredible review. We appreciate it very much and are so happy that you enjoyed your visit. We hope to welcome you again! Cheers, Eden
    Written June 18, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written June 11, 2023
  • Coco M
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don't miss this opportunity to interact with wildlife in a beautiful setting!
    Beautiful concept, well executed! This wildlife recovery center is informative, friendly, clean and inspiring. Each animal has a name and their story (how they came to the center and why they have not been released) is posted as well as information about their species. Eagles, bear, owls, turtles and more, this is a pleasant visit for friends of all ages.
    Thank you for the incredible review! We are so happy that you enjoyed your time here. Cheers, Eden
    Written October 1, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written September 9, 2023
  • cymry
    202 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    great place and a worthy cause!
    This place was a hidden gem! We stumbled across it and decided to visit on a whim, and it ended up being one of the best places we saw. The rescue is doing some great work and highlighting the animals, explaining why certain ones are off-limits and why others are there (unable to be released). The animals were easy to see and clearly well cared for, and the staff were knowledgeable and friendly. Highly recommend!
    Thank you for the incredible review! We are so happy that you found us. We hope you can come again soon! Cheers, Eden
    Written October 8, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written October 1, 2023
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cymry
Montreal202 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
This place was a hidden gem! We stumbled across it and decided to visit on a whim, and it ended up being one of the best places we saw. The rescue is doing some great work and highlighting the animals, explaining why certain ones are off-limits and why others are there (unable to be released). The animals were easy to see and clearly well cared for, and the staff were knowledgeable and friendly. Highly recommend!
Written October 1, 2023
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Thank you for the incredible review! We are so happy that you found us. We hope you can come again soon! Cheers, Eden
Written October 8, 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Coco M
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
Beautiful concept, well executed! This wildlife recovery center is informative, friendly, clean and inspiring. Each animal has a name and their story (how they came to the center and why they have not been released) is posted as well as information about their species. Eagles, bear, owls, turtles and more, this is a pleasant visit for friends of all ages.
Written September 9, 2023
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Thank you for the incredible review! We are so happy that you enjoyed your time here. Cheers, Eden
Written October 1, 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

DALE U
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
Wow - we have not lived in Parksville that long so thought we would check it out. Wow - excellent place to visit. It's so well laid out, educational, very cool birds/raptors, great enclosures, a resident black bear and lovely places to walk around and sit. Even a beautiful pond with turtles and koi and a couple of quiet garden areas with all native plants. And lots of old skulls and skeletons for viewing. We were really impressed with the top quality and thoughtful touches. And if you have kids - they will like it too. Well done NIRWA - you do incredible work!
Written July 11, 2023
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Thank you for your incredible review! Our volunteers and staff work very hard to ensure that we give the very best care to our permanent, non-releasable residents and to also rehabilitate the many animals that come to NIWRA for their recovery before being released back into their natural habitats. We are so happy you had a such a wonderful visit and look forward to welcoming you again.
Written July 23, 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Terry J
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada85 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Friends
A great way to spend the afternoon! This sanctuary is not only functioning as a recovery place for animals, it is also beautiful. Signage tells the story of the animal, what they are, and how they came to be in care. We appreciated one of the animal handlers taking time to talk to us about his work, the animals, and what they are doing at the Centre.
Written June 11, 2023
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Thank you for your incredible review. We appreciate it very much and are so happy that you enjoyed your visit. We hope to welcome you again! Cheers, Eden
Written June 18, 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

FatalSwan
Southampton, UK26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
I took a visit here today with my family (children 7 and 9) on a short stay in the area, our host mentioned it to us but didn't know a great deal about it. It certainly kept our children excited and interested for a good couple of hours and left us with some good memories to take home.

We're from the UK and have seen quite a few of the bird species in different attractions/sanctuaries/zoos at home (OK, we don't have bears...), but the individual stories of why the animals are being cared for here really brought home the work that the NIWRA do. While we were visiting I saw two members of the public receiving advice from the staff here on different matters to do with wild animals that may have needed help, and they are clearly geared up to provide emergency treatment and longer term care to animals in need.

Aside from the animals, the grounds are very pleasant too and offer various types of pleasant areas to walk through.

The admission fee seemed great value to me, in the UK any similar kind of attraction would definitely charge a good 30% more.

Written June 6, 2023
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We are so happy that you enjoyed your visit here with us at NIWRA. Thank you for the incredible review and we hope that you will visit again from across the "pond". Have a wonderful day! Cheers, Eden
Written June 11, 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

OntarioTravellers2
Sarnia, Canada443 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
This is a must see if you are in the area but you need at least 2 hours to enjoy it all ! There is something for everyone here from birds to bears to beautiful decor! A great deal of imagination was used to create this memorable attraction. The displays are well maintained with lots of useful information. The animals are well cared for and are in very large containment areas. There were a lot of driftwood creations, walking paths, picnic areas and peaceful spots to enjoy.
Written April 21, 2023
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Thank you for the wonderful review! We appreciate it! Our small staff and incredible , hardworking volunteers dedicate their time to make this happen. We hope you can come again soon! Cheers, Eden
Written April 23, 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Hummingbird0888
Victoria, Canada40 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
My husband and I always check out the NIRC while up island and always have a fun time walking around. The prices have definitely gone up, however it’s for a good cause so we don’t mind paying. I was really upset today to see a full grown male wild Turkey, in the same enclosure as the two female wild turkeys. He was being VERY aggressive and it was hard to watch him taunt the females. They were trying to keep away from him and seemed very distressed. The male would come up and grab the females by the skin on their heads and rip them down to the ground and rip out their feathers. I understand “that is nature”, but not really something myself or kids necessarily want to be seeing in a recovery centre. This should be noted and taken care of for the sake of the two other turkeys.
Written April 15, 2023
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Thank you for your review. We do everything we can to prevent our permanent, non-releasable residents from being aggressive to the others. This was brought to the attention of our animal care team so that they could evaluate and rectify the situation. We appreciate your concern and thank you for bringing it to our attention.
Written May 28, 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Dayna_AnnNewOrleans
New Orleans, LA85 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
A fun afternoon experience. Saw so many neat animals and birds. Great experience! It’s an indoor & outdoor experience. They are doing great rehab work.
Written March 31, 2023
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Thank you Dayna for your wonderful review. We hope you can come again soon! Cheers, Eden
Written April 9, 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

cafeloverCanada
canada401 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
We thoroughly enjoyed seeing the centre's wildlife and learning about the animals there. Finally saw a bald eagle but the black bear stayed hidden and out of the sun.
Written September 20, 2022
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cafeloverCanada, thank you for the great review and 5 star rating! Our bald eagles are incredible! Truly majestic!!! It's unfortunate that you weren't able to see Rae, our black bear, she is a beauty but definitely has a mind of her own! We hope to see you again. Cheers, Eden
Written October 23, 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Luigi R
Milan, Italy42 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
We were happy to discover that the centre is very rich in animals, explanations and interesting facts for each one of them. It is centred around birds, but there are also other animals, including a black bear! Even if the animals are in cages, they have plenty of space and are assisted adequately by the workers.
The centre also has a big amazing garden populated by native flowers and plants which can be very relaxing to experience and walk through, while also learning new information.
Interesting and recommended if you have time and want to see and learn things about multiple different birds.
Written August 15, 2022
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Luigi, thank you for the incredible review and 5 star rating! We are so happy to hear that you had such a wonderful visit and were able to enjoy the gardens as well as seeing and learning about the animals in our care. We are fortunate to have such dedicated staff and volunteers. Thank you for supporting wildlife and we hope you can come again soon! Cheers, Eden
Written October 23, 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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