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Address: 2116 Alberni Hwy, Coombs, British Columbia V0R 1M0, Canada
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+1 250-248-5194
10:00 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 16:00

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Unnerving, but amazing.

Traveling through the World Parrot Refuge is an extraordinary experience. These birds are eerily smart & very intent on getting your attention. They're a world away from their... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 14 June 2016
Victoria, Canada
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Nanaimo, Canada
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31 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

Unfortunately the lady, Wendy Huntbatch, who ran it passed away and no one was willing to take it over. While it had close to 1000 parrots at one point, It was not a happy place at the end but now all the birds have gone to other shelters in BC and many adopted while some have been re-adopted by their... More 

1 Thank yvrbs
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22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016 via mobile

Went with my two daughters. The place was highly rated and recommended by the local magazines and by trip advisor who posted it as open. When arrived the place has shot down!! Wish the trip advisor and the local tourist guides we're updated

Thank Ana A
Victoria, Canada
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016

This facility has now closed. All the birds have been moved and are being taken care of by many amazing people and some truly fabulous bird organizations. The many sick birds are being treated and nurtured, and they are all in a clean, healthy facility. Many birds have been re-united with their previous owners and over 2000 applications have been... More 

2 Thank fitnessgirl99
Overland Park, Kansas
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2016

We left feeling very depressed. The place was dirty although it did look like they were attempting to keep it clean. The worst part was that it was so crowded, some of the birds had plucked a lot of their feathers out, I thought that meant they were under stress, poor diet or other things. some of then would try... More 

Thank Kansasperson
Grand Forks
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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2016

This was a beautiful place to visit. The birds were exquisite and so well looked after. Unfortunately it is now closing. So sad.

Thank 505jackief
Cochrane, Alberta, Canada
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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 2016

For everything you do for these birds thank you. So many needed your help. The birds seem happy and very well fed. Some have had so much tragedy in their lives. Worth the entrance price for sure, which is low enough you can also leave a donation.

1 Thank Micheline A
Langley, Canada
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2016

I have visited this sanctuary many times... it is one of the highlights of the trips we take over to the Island. I am sad to hear that Wendy, the owner and bird advocate, had passed away a few months ago. She was unreal with the birds. Once she took us into the hospital wing and we were able to... More 

3 Thank Katwoman1825
Victoria, Canada
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2016

Traveling through the World Parrot Refuge is an extraordinary experience. These birds are eerily smart & very intent on getting your attention. They're a world away from their homelands, they're ancient & they've been through a lot. I understand some other reviews discomfort: the onslaught of avian attention & loud calls is intense. It should be stated clearly: i would... More 

1 Thank dollsteak8
Winnipeg, Canada
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2016

We have visited the refuge 5 times in the last year. I commend what the people are doing there for the birds. In response to "Very traumatic experience" it saddens me that you don't understand about the refuge. The birds came to the refuge with the behavioural problems, plucking etc, NOT because of the refuge. Many of these birds were... More 

1 Thank Sheila J
Red Deer, Canada
Level Contributor
10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2016

If you like large parrot's this is a must to see. These large bird's fly around freely in very large enclosure's There are also area'S where you can interact freely with a lot of the very large Cockatoo's. I noticed a very large number of Moluccan, and Umbrella Cockatoo's in addition to Citron & Sulphur Crested and a few Goffin's... More 

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Perhaps all you folks need to do parrot research. The parrots have pulled their hair our from physiological issued or abuse from previous owners. If your not comfortable with birds... DON'T GO IN! I had parrots land on my, you put all your stuff away... IT'S NOT A ZOO The money isn't for what you can get it's basically a donation to the refuge and you touring is a perk to see what it's like. You don't understand rehoming parrots.This place is their forever home now. It's devastating for them. If this place can house with all that room, trust me, it's better than a 24 x 24 "cage, or having someone walking around a store letting you take pics while kids poke. Understand before you set judgement. I have read a few of these negative comments and it's all based off ignorance. Parrots are not like dogs or cats. They are not pets they are a hobby if one gets one...a huge commitment that people think are cool and then neglect them. They are a lot of work... many have said kids are easier. So before you say they are pulling the feathers out and spca should be involved etc. Do some research and stop the judging... or how about donate to help them out. I have had parrot bites...yup it sucks, yup it hurts, mine bit me in my face... they are technically a wild animal if you really think... so if your concerned... don't go... I personally loved having a giant hyacinth macaw slam into the back of my head onto my shoulders and loved it, part of the charm... don't be so judgmental when you don't know or undstand!

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