Golden’s wolf centre gets national nod

The Northern Lights Wildlife Wolf Centre received some high praise in Explore magazine's winter issue


The Northern Lights Wildlife Wolf Centre received some high praise in Explore magazine’s winter issue after the outdoor lifestyle magazine named the centre’s “Walk with Wolves” the second best off-radar adventure in Canada.

“Walk with Wolves” gives one or two people a unique chance to take a stroll and take photos through the wilderness with the centre’s grey wolves. The tours run all year but according to Explore, the “snowy environs, along with the animals’ thick winter coats” make this an activity that is especially worth checking out in the winter.

Shelley Black, the centre’s co-owner, was pleasantly surprised with the recognition, and hopes that it will boost their number of visitors during the typically slower winter months. She didn’t know that the centre would be included until she was alerted by a friend who saw it in the magazine. The inclusion in Explore is nothing new for the centre, which has received acclaim from numerous journalists over the years.

“We get phantom journalists all the time, so you get people who just come for an experience, and then like it and promote it,” said Black. “You never know where you’re going to end up in.”

The wolf centre has been profiled in Swiss and German magazines in the past as well as Canadian publications such as Canadian Geographic.

“Everytime we are in something, it’s also promoting Golden,” Black said. “Golden has pretty cool and unique animal activities. You can go and see the buffalo, the wolves, you’ve got a bear refuge,” Black said, referring to her centre as well as the nearby Rocky Mountain Buffalo Ranch and the Grizzly Bear Refuge at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort. “Where else can everybody get a taste of a little bit of everything?”

The centre, which was started by Shelley and Casey Black in 1998, currently houses eight wolves in two separate packs. The wolves live in large 1.25 acre enclosures and are exercised regularly off-leash. The wolves are also used for educational programs for groups and schools. More information about the centre is available online at