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Haliburton Forest Wolf Centre (Haliburton)

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If you are in the area, this centre is really worth the visit. Even better if you visit it along with another of Haliburton Forest & Reserve's attractions: camping, mountain biking, dogsled rides, telescope observation (which I have not tried myself), or their great Canopy Trail excursion. It is fun to arrive before feeding time (at around 1:30 p.m.). A big line-up of visitors stood by the large bay window overlooking a tiny part of the 15-acre enclosure when my family visited during the summer. We went back during the winter and had a great view of the beasts. Through speakers, we could hear the animals' growls as the alpha leaders grabbed the best pieces and the cubs patiently awaited their share. The clan has had more members but it is still very interesting to listen to the ranger describing for us each wolf and its place in the pack. Inside The Wolf Centre, there are many exhibits and some interactive displays (including a documentary) as well as a good wolf-themed store and a gallery featuring all kinds of art. In the summer they offer weekly Wolf Howl sessions in the evening.

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