When we arrived we were greeted by a front desk employee who was very excited for us to experience the chalet. She showed us photos on her phone that she had taken of the wolves a few days prior. You could feel the excitement in the air around the new exhibit at the resort.
We were greeted by the owner and shown to our cabin. The cabin was small but provided you with everything you needed to unwind and relax. A gorgeous shower, gas fireplace, kitchenette, queen bed and a pull out couch. There is also a TV in the chalet, but I don't foresee it being used often as the show is in the back room. The back room furnished with a queen bed and a couple floor pillows is where we spent the entirety of our day and night. The room has 3 glass walls as well as a glass ceiling to give the illusion of sleeping under the stars. This back room is built in the wolf enclosure and allows for safe viewing of the pack.
The wolves have a 10 acre enclosure with dense forest, open plains and a pond as well. We were nervous we weren't going to see the wolves but they were out at all hours of the day patrolling their enclosure and letting their curiosity get the better of them. As exciting as it was to see the wolves during the day, the real magic happened when the sun went down and the bright moon came out. watching the wolves move around the edge of the bush in the shadows was ominous and powerful. They seemed to become more confident and brazen by the light of the moon.
When we decided it was time to call it a night and cuddle into our cozy blankets we thought we were settling in for a quiet night sleep.
We were wrong.
At 1:15am the entire pack was outside of our glass room barking and chasing each other around. Then we were privy to a sound that I've only heard twice before in the wild. We were front row centre for an entire pack howl. This howl sent goosebumps down my arms and actually caused my mouth to fall open. 11 wolves standing no further than 50 feet from where I was cuddled in bed were howling at the moon. It was something so beautiful and haunting, it is etched into my memory. I'm so glad I was able to share this moment with Carolyne and Zippy. I don't think any of us will forget that sound.
Cedar Meadows is not yet open to the public, but they do have a wait list on their website. This is a truly unique experience, allowing us to get up close and personal with one of the apex predators of Canada.