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Cochrane: Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary Tour

1. Cochrane: Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary Tour

Visit one of the largest sanctuaries in Canada and hear about the mission of this wolfdog rescue organization. Learn about wolfdogs during a 30-minute presentation and go inside one of the wolfdog enclosures behind a short barrier. An experienced staff member will safely lead you through the enclosure during the tour. Enjoy a self-guided sanctuary walk either before or after your tour.  Take photographs of one of the packs of wolfdogs from inside their enclosure and ask the wolfdog experts any questions you may have. Please note that there is no interaction with the wolfdogs on this tour.

From Banff/Calgary: Cowboy Country Tour with Museum Ticket

2. From Banff/Calgary: Cowboy Country Tour with Museum Ticket

Experience a day full of Western Canadian culture and landscapes and see how the locals work and live on this fun and educational Cowboy Country Tour. Departing from Banff or Calgary and traveling along the Trans-Canada highway, the first stop of your tour will be at the Chiniki Stoney Gallery, an interpretive gallery with a history of First Nations' relationship with the land. A short drive further, stop at the Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary, where dogs are rescued and cared for. After an interpretive tour of the sanctuary, the tour continues east along the Bow River and through the Wildcat Hills to the town of Cochrane, where the Cowboy Trail intersects the urban world. Enjoy a cowboy lunch and a visit to the historic downtown will be enjoyed along with some classic boutique stores. After lunch, head to the Stockmen Cowboy Museum for a build-your-own brand experience. Put your name or family logo on an iron, heat it over an open fire, and brand a piece of reclaimed barn board to take home.

Calgary: Scenic Cochrane and Canmore Sidecar Motorcycle Tour

3. Calgary: Scenic Cochrane and Canmore Sidecar Motorcycle Tour

This 5.5-hour adventure leads to the Rockies by way of a less-traveled, more scenic roadway. From your pickup location in Calgary, head to Cochrane and its quaint, old western downtown streets. The drive along the Cochrane Hill highway offers views into the mountains and over the ranch landscape that lies on the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains. From Cochrane, glide along the picturesque Highway 1A. The speed of travel is such that you’ll have a chance to enjoy the scenery and snap photos of wildlife as you pass by. Enjoy the ride past lakes and rock faces, as well as sweeping highway corners that reveal portions of the Bow River Valley. Arriving in Canmore, tour the townsite and visit the Alpine Centre, home of the 1988 Olympic biathlon and cross-country skiing events. A lunch stop at one of the local eateries, depending on your food preferences, is available at your cost. The return to Calgary can be along the 1A or along the Trans-Canada Highway as per your choice.

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This was a beautiful facility. The wolf dogs are captivating and the employees are knowledgable and friendly!

A beautiful facility. Great staff and gorgeous animals. A fun and interesting place to visit.

Excellent, meaningful, fun with dedicated staff. I would go again!