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North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre

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Address: 1240 Leffler Road, Errington, British Columbia V0R 1V0, Canada
Phone Number: +1 250-248-8534
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The North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre is located in a park-like setting...

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 cage if its kind in Canada. Live raptor presentations are regularly scheduled during July and August. 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 5 p.m. 7 days a week, from mid-March through mid- December. 2013 ENTRANCE FEES: $8.00 adults, $5.00 children aged 3-12, plus applicable taxes.

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Knowledgeable & quiet day trip to this wildlife sanctuary

The North Island Wildlife Recovery Association (NIWRA) is a place that provides shelter and care to animals that have been injured. Their goal is always to rehabilitate the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 25 October 2016
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We weren't really clear on this activity and found it a bit chilly as is primarily outdoors. We were hoping to see larger animals but it is mostly birds. The on site bear is in hibernation. Would've been an idea to have a camera so one could see the bear. Not a very exciting place in winter. Maybe better in... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

The North Island Wildlife Recovery Association (NIWRA) is a place that provides shelter and care to animals that have been injured. Their goal is always to rehabilitate the animals they receive but with some animals, their injuries are too severe and they cannot be released back into the wild. We did a quick day trip here after we arrived to... More 

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Saskatoon, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

A very cool mix of taxidermy animal displays, live bears, bald eagles, bunnies, stone sculptures, caves, peaceful gardens, knowledgable staff, and more. Admission was less than 30 bucks for a family.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

We had a great visit to the wildlife centre and we're excited to catch site of Knut the resident bear having his lunch before heading back to his den for another snooze. Pat at the reception and gift shop was lovely and nominate one of the kids tour guide and explained everything clearly and with a sense of magic. It's... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

Truly enjoyed the experience however had to stop for a moment & re-frame the aspect of wild animals that "appear" to be in captivity. Love the learning centre, love that those that can't be released into the wild have a safe place to be. Just wish that we as human beings would learn to respect the beauty of the wild... More 

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Langley City, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

Not what was expected. Nice grounds with a large amount of predatory birds in large cages that have been rehabilitated but cannot survive in the wild. You can spend a day wandering through speaking with the knowledgeable, friendly staff. You would expect it is government funded, but it is not.

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Pat M, Volunteer at North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting and for your kind comments. We really appreciate it! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

We were so impressed by the recovery center. Everything was clean, thoughtfully built and educational. Not only can animals recover or live there, but also people! They have a lovely stone garden and raised gardens with flowers. Very quiet place to spend some time. The staff was very pleasant and helpful. Every bird/animal that was there had an educational sign... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

We absolutely loved our visit. The grounds and habitats are beautiful with many cool places to explore and relax.

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Pat M, Volunteer at North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting and taking the time to post a review. It is so nice to hear that our visitors appreciate the Centre and the work that the few staff and many volunteers do! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

my hubby & I went there Sept. 26, 2016. It is exceptionally clean, the animals there appear well cared for with good accommodations. The staff are helpful & welcome questions. The museum is very educational with lots of hands on areas. Wear good shoes as this is a natural environment and heels would be a mistake. At $8 each adult... More 

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Pat M, Volunteer at North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting and for taking the time to post your review. We are glad you enjoyed your visit and hope you will come again. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

We saw this advertised at our hotel in Parksville and thought it worth a trip. Only 8$ entry and well worth it. They take in injured birds and bears and rehabilitate the bear cubs for eventual release back into the wild. The work they do is worth supporting and so interesting to see the birds that they retain due to... More 

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Pat M, Volunteer at North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to post your review! We are happy you enjoyed your visit and hope you come back again! More 

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