Is walking with wolves on your bucket list? If it is, you will want to head to Girardville, Quebec where Gilles Granal has imprinted wolves on humans and offers visitors a chance to walk with wolves.
To read more about what you will experience while walking with wolves, check out my story at MyItchyTravelFeet.com. This blog is aimed at Boomer Travel but anyone will enjoy time with wolves. You may not feel like Kevin Costner but wouldn’t enjoy time walking on the wild side?
Wolves are not the aggressive animals portrayed by Hollywood. Yes, I wouldn’t want to be an injured elk in the vicinity of a hungry wolf pack, but humans are not attacked by marauding wolves. The reality is humans are attacking wolves. Outside of national parks, most wolves don’t see their fourth birthday.
Wolves have a lot in common with introverts. Unlike domestic dogs, wolves are not friendly, attention-seeking critters. In the presence of humans they avert their gaze, looking furtively at the two-legged creatures in their vicinity.Learn about wolves by walking with them
There is lots to learn about animals from books or movies but I think one of the best ways is to get your feet (and sometimes your bottom) dirty by walking near animals or sitting on the ground and quietly observing them. At Aventuraid you may get the chance to walk among wolves but Granal makes it clear the adventure is for the animals’s benefit, not the humans. If it’s not a good day for the pack, people don’t get to go in. Not ideal if you are only able to stay for one day but when you consider it is for the well-being of the animals, it makes sense.
Walking with wolves and getting to learn more about their true nature was one of my favourite wildlife experiences. Here’s hoping you get the chance to do it too and cross it off your bucket list!
Also published on Medium.