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Plan Your Visit to the WILDLIFE CENTRE

Visitors to our 8-acre, park-like setting can see Vancouver Island wildlife in peaceful and rustic surroundings. While at the Centre, you can also enjoy:

  • observing eagles, several species of owls, falcons, hawks, ravens and black bears
  • a map with a Self-Guided tour to do at your leisure
  • a chance to sit and watch a documentary about our work at the Centre
  • live raptor presentations (July & August – Mon/Wed/Fridays 1:30pm)
  • a visit to the Learning Centre, Museum of Nature, Bear Den Gifts and more…
  • special events (Go to our Events page to check out our calendar)
  • parking, washrooms and wheelchair-accessible trails throughout the grounds
  • diverse areas promoting learning, interaction with wildlife and nature, contemplation and appreciation
Things to See During Your Visit
Videos About Our Work at the Centre
Adults $10 +tax
Children 3 – 12 $5 +tax
Children under 3 Free
Public Viewing: 9am – 4:30pm 
7 days a week | (Gates close at 5pm)
Office: Monday-Friday | 9am-5pm
Year-Round Wildlife Drop-Off
Locate Us On Google Maps


Our Animal Ambassadors

Our animal care specialists and veterinarians do everything possible to ensure that injured and orphaned wild creatures can be returned to the wild. Sometimes, however, that is not possible. These animals become permanent residents at our facility. Your symbolic adoption of a bird or mammal that must remain with NIWRA will support that animal’s ongoing care: food, annual check-ups, medical care, even “toys” to enrich and stimulate natural behaviours.

Adopt An Animal Ambassador

Our Temporary Guests

We are a world-class wildlife rehabilitation facility specializing in raptors and black bears. Whenever an ill, injured or orphaned animal is brought to the Centre, our goal is to rehabilitate and release it back into the wild. These animals are our temporary guests and we are always happy when they are successfully released.

Learn About Our Black Bear Programs

Aboriginal Artist in Residence: Bill Helin

Bill Helin is currently the Aboriginal Artist in Residence at NIWRA, representing the Aboriginal arts, culture and children’s education. He is in charge of the 40ft red cedar Ravensong Canoe. He will also be working on large wood carvings and doing traditional painting of Tsimshian Indian art.

On special days when Bill’s schedule allows him to be at the centre, he will be performing drumming songs.

Read Bill Helin’s Family History and Bio

Upcoming Events

Animal Encounters

July 2 - August 31


The more the merrier!

Groups and Tour Company Bookings
Download a tour application (PDF)
School Groups – Click Here!

Visit Regularly? Why Not Become a Member?

Membership Types

We offer four types of memberships, each with its own benefits. Proceeds from membership sales go directly to the care of the animals at the centre.

Learn More

Purchase Online

So you’ve looked over the membership types and you’re ready to make your purchase. Please proceed to the shop and make your selection.

Purchase Membership Online

Purchase By Mail

Fill out our membership form and mail it, along with your payment, to the address listed on the form.

Download Membership Form (PDF)