The Raptors

The Raptors, Duncan: Hours, Address, The Raptors Reviews: 4.5/5

The Raptors
4.5
Nature & Wildlife Areas
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Monday
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Tuesday
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Wednesday
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Thursday
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Friday
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Saturday
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
About
Birds of prey have always inspired awe. Sadly, they are threatened in many parts of the world. When you experience them up close, you learn that they are more than predators from the sky; they are essential to maintaining the delicate eco-balance of our planet. The Raptors offer compelling and interactive experiences with a variety of birds of prey species including eagles, hawks, falcons and owls. Get closer than you ever imagined to these majestic and intelligent creatures. Flying demonstrations, hands-on encounters and educational talks offered daily (March - October). The Raptors is located in the heart of the beautiful Cowichan Valley, just 60 minutes north of Downtown Victoria and 45 minutes south of Downtown Nanaimo by car.
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Kaylie B
146 contributions
Incredible
Oct. 2021 • Couples
Let me start off by saying I have a huge fear of birds but I love animals so when my husband told me we were visiting here, I was a bit nervous. Visiting here has definitely changed my fear of birds. The flight presentation was incredible. It was very informative, educating and immersive. They tell you all about the birds, what they do, why the birds are there and more. We also went on the Closest (I think that’s what it was called) experience and it was something out of a fairy tale. Being up close and personal with the raptors was an incredible experience. They are so sweet and loving. The staff are also incredible! The animals there are so loved and very well taken care of. If you get the chance to visit, please do. You won’t regret it.
Written October 8, 2021
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Roary
Vancouver, Canada2,796 contributions
Hawk Walk is Worth It
Sep. 2021 • Family
I don’t exactly remember how I found out about this place, but I’m glad we went.

I reserved tickets for their Closer experience which includes a 15 min Hawk Walk. This was definitely worth it and something my kids won’t soon forget. We enjoyed seeing the other birds as part of regular commission, although it wasn’t as big as I has expected. The flying demonstration is entertaining and educational, and shouldn’t be missed.

Overall, a great experience. I’m glad we went. If it’s raining, remember to bring an umbrella and something dry to sit on for the demo, otherwise you will get soaked.
Written September 6, 2021
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tove b
Seattle, WA205 contributions
Educational!
Aug. 2021
This experience is awesome! There are many different types of birds and they are absolutely beautiful. The hourly group show is highly informative and fun. The birds are not held in captivity and will fly down from trees, through the seated spectators to perch on display. Be sure to sit in the front row if you want to get unobstructed photos of these magnificent creatures. The 'Closest' experience is fantastic. Guides are super knowledgeable and ensure guests are safe at all times.
Written August 28, 2021
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shellmc2017
Victoria, Canada5 contributions
A safe and enjoyable experience
Nov. 2020
Such a great experience! Kaitlyn was a great host and so knowledgeable. She answered every question we had and provided many interesting facts. The Raptors has adapted amazingly and made these personalized experiences safe and enjoyable during this time. Highly recommend!
Written November 29, 2020
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Glad you had a fantastic time! Thank you for visiting us!
Written July 16, 2021
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tony l
Vancouver, Canada2,378 contributions
;;; Amazing Bird Experience ;;;;;;
Jul. 2020
Truly great experience of life time ,so many bids so health and in a safe environment ,like the owls ,eagles , hawks ,falcons , learn so much how they live ,friendly ,knowledgeable staff ,must visit .
Written August 31, 2020
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Glad to hear you had such a fantastic time! Thank you for visiting!
Written July 16, 2021
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Nihad E. K
Vancouver, Canada13 contributions
Memorable
Jul. 2020
A wonderful experience! and a must if you are visiting the area.
Learned a lot! not to mention an unforgettable experience with various raptors.
Written July 26, 2020
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Glad we we're able to help make some wonderful memories! Thank you for visiting!
Written July 16, 2021
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LarryTheRadioGuy
Victoria, Canada604 contributions
Awesome!
Jul. 2020
This is truly a labour of love for these people.....where the rescue and train large winged birds----peregrine falcons, eagles, owls, turkey buzzards. They seem to know each bird personally. The hilight was definitely the outdoor flying show, hosted by Tina.....who was both knowledgeable and entertaining. She could seamlessly include wild bird who just happened to be flying above into the show. And Luna the Barn Owl is something else----the most amazing face.
Written July 22, 2020
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So glad you were able to meet Luna and learn more about raptors! We sure do know each one of our birds personally- they're our coworkers after all! Thank you for visiting us!
Written July 16, 2021
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PookyCake
Victoria, Canada12,049 contributions
Unique and Educational Experience!
Sep. 2019
The Raptors centre had been on my “to do” list for a number of years. Having passed by this attraction countless times, it was bound to grab my curiosity. “What is it?” I thought. “What do they do there?” I knew you could have interactive bird experiences, but I didn’t know much else about it. That’s why, when I finally got the opportunity to visit, I was totally surprised and amazed by all that’s done here.

The Raptors was set up to educate. Typically, whenever we think of “birds of prey,” most people tend to view them as mindless predators and/or a nuisance. Vultures, for example, have been – and are – targeted in some countries for extermination via poisoned animal carcasses. As a result, their numbers have depleted. This, we learn at the Raptors centre, has a notable impact on our already fragile ecosystem. Everything relies upon everything else. Thus, the purpose and mission of The Raptors is to inform us that birds of prey are essential to maintaining a proper ecological balance.

When visiting The Raptors, you can expect to see a nice variety of these beautiful birds: Bald eagles, hawks, owls, falcons and vultures, to name just a few. While their enclosures aren’t the most aesthetically pleasing, we can live with the comfort of knowing that these birds – educational ambassadors – are well taken care of and are given ample opportunities to “stretch their wings,” unlike, say, a typical zoo. It’s nice to know the biologists and falconers view the birds more as colleagues than as wards.

When M took me to visit The Raptors, we arrived just in time to watch and observe the Flying Demonstration. This, for me, was the perennial highlight. Watching these majestic (and some not so majestic) birds silently swoop down from the sky – with razor sharp precision – was a visual feast for the eyes. Indeed, getting up close to these birds while the knowledgeable and charismatic staff told the crowd about the vital role these birds play in our world was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

If you want to enhance your experience even further, The Raptors does offer a variety of unique hands-on experiences, including the “Hawk Walk” or raptor “Encounter.” I did not participate in any of these opportunities, but for those who want to learn more AND take that Instagram-worthy selfie, you can!

At day’s end, if you’re visiting the Cowichan Valley area, I highly recommend a visit to The Raptors. It’s family friendly; it’s educational; and it’s pretty epic. What more could one want?
Written March 31, 2020
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Thank you for leaving such a fantastic review! Really appreciate you coming out to visit us and learn more about birds of prey, glad you had a wonderful time.
Written July 16, 2021
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Patricia A
British Columbia, Canada11 contributions
Fun day
Sep. 2019 • Business
Fun day with fellow work employees staff very knowledgeable and caring. They run a top notch and educational and awareness business
Written January 23, 2020
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Glad you were able to come out and learn more about birds of prey! Thank you for visiting us and leaving a wonderful review!
Written July 16, 2021
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Redkitewatcher64
Andover, UK1,322 contributions
Lovely little raptor centre friendly staff and well cared for birds
Sep. 2019
Stopped off here on our drive from Victoria to Campbell River. Small centre signposted from the main carriageway. Good selection of well cared for birds on display and very friendly staff. Involved in a lot of conservation rehabilitation and educational work which is always good to hear. Several displays held during the day , sadly do to time limitation we only caught 5 mins of a display but the presenter seemed knowledgable and teh birds flew well.
Written November 13, 2019
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