People of Canada are not new to the idea of parks but imagine a Park, zoo, art gallery, and event venue all at one place; how cool is that?!
One such park is Assiniboine Park and Zoo, open all year; Assiniboine Park Zoo is a good recreational place and a great learning venture for visitors worldwide.
Best Guide To Assiniboine Park
Spread over 80 acres of land, Assiniboine Park Zoo is located in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
Proudly owning about 200 animals, Assiniboine Park Zoo is specifically famous for its Polar bear exhibit-Journey to Churchill.
1. PAVILION ART GALLERIES
From its first original building, it has been nearly 100 years since the Park has remained famous amongst Assiniboine Park Zoo visitors every year.
The Pavilion is home to renowned artworks of Clarence Tillenius, Ivan Eyre, Walter J. Phillips. The exhibits of Ivan Eyre’s are presented as series of Silhouettes and Cutaways. And the visitors have free access to The Pavilion Art Gallery.
2. NATURE PLAYGROUND
Best for the children, this area has all the sand, water, tunnels, swings, and whatnot. One can even spend a picnic day in this area in Assiniboine park zoo.
3. CARGO BAR
Located next to Duckpond, CargoBar serves various drinks, including Craft beer, cocktails, and Wine. Apart from drinks, the Cargo Bar also features Burgers, Sandwiches, and snacks.
Other places of attraction like Terry Fox Fitness Trail, Lyric Theatre, Steam Train are all part of Assiniboine park zoo. Sports like skating and Ski Trails are noticeable activities at Assiniboine Park Zoo.
Assiniboine Park Zoo is located centrally in Assiniboine Park and takes just a few minutes to walk from downtown Winnipeg.
4. JOURNEY TO CHURCHILL
The awarding-winning exhibit of Assiniboine Park Zoo features habitats for
- Polar bears
- Arctic foxes
- Snowy Owl
- Harbour Seal
Visitors can see these animals moving above them in an experience like no other.
Inside the Journey to Churchill, there are other interactive components.
5. LEATHERDALE INTERNATIONAL POLAR BEAR CONVERSATION CENTRE (IPBCC)
Leatherdale Research center provides interactive sessions to visitors regarding the Arctic ecosystem, climate change.
Tundra Grill restaurant is a 150-seater restaurant with an exotic view of the largest polar bear habitat in the world.
6. AUNT SALLY’S FARM
Aunt Sally‘s Farm is an innovative feature of Assiniboine Park Zoo which showcases modern standards for animal welfare and care. Aunt Sally’s farm is one of the Zoo’s most beloved attractions.
Some animals which are taken care of here on Aunt Sally’s farm are:
- Nubian Goat
- Kiko Goat
- American Miniature Horse
- Pygmy Goat
7. DINOSAURS UNCOVERED
Dinosaurs Uncovered features 17-life size, animatronic dinosaurs. Visitors have to find these dinosaurs as they embark on a forested route. Inside the museum, people can discover the old loves of dinosaurs through their skeletons, fossils, and other artifacts.
How one dinosaur is connected to the consecutive ones is also a part of the exhibit in Dinosaurs Uncovered.
8. TOUCAN RIDGE
From learning about animals on Aunt Sally’s farm and Dinosaurs Uncovered to getting to know about plants in Toucan Ridge, visitors can enjoy a great weekend in Assiniboine park zoo.
Toucan Ridge is an indoor exhibit featuring plants from a tropical paradise with lush vegetation. Also, a variety of birds, amphibians, and reptiles can be seen in this exhibit.
9. SHIRLEY RICHARDSON BUTTERFLY GARDEN
This garden is a seasonal exhibit where visitors enjoy a magical experience amongst the colorful butterflies.
Early summer is the best time to visit the little creatures. The flowering plants lined up for the butterflies add more life to this exhibit. Visitors can also learn how to plant their butterfly gardens.
ADMISSION RATES AND TIME
Entry to the Assiniboine Park Zoo is free for all the Park and Zoo members
Adults within the age limit of 18-59 are charged $21.50. Seniors above the age of 60 and students with a valid student ID have to pay $18.75. Children between 3-17 years of age have to pay $12
Entry into the Assiniboine Park Zoo is free for children below two years.
Assiniboine Park Zoo is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for 364 days for the visitors except for December 25, and it works for reduced hours on November 11. Visitors, according to their convenience, can rent a wheelchair or electric scooter. Parents visiting with kids can rent Single or double strollers.
Assiniboine Park Zoo provides visitors ample opportunities to get creative and learn everything new. They arrange workshops for adults, children, and also for the family throughout the year.
Some workshops arranged by Assiniboine Park Zoo are:
- Zoo Photography
- Nature Tots
- Flow and Yin Yoga
- Fit Together
- Journeys through the Zoo
Visitors can also enjoy a sleepover at the Zoo. This feature has been both entertaining and educational. They can also book their sleepover night on Friday nights from September to April. The sleepover is arranged at Tundra Grill. The offer includes Animal Encounter, A Walk on the Dark Side, Journey to Churchill, and Polar playground. The staff will provide Evening and morning snacks.
A perfect location that serves an excellent breakfast and lunch to you and your family and friends is on Riley Duck Pond’s banks in Assiniboine Park.
The cafe is open to hungry visitors daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Park cafe also delivers your dishes and also offers to take away with a separate menu made.
The Leaf is a new venture planned by Assiniboine Park Zoo which will be a multi-seasonal indoor attraction of plants and trees found across the globe.
The gardens of the Leaf are now already open to the visitors. This is an outdoor feature that offers new surprises every season.
A similar yet more expansive and interesting idea is the Leaf which is yet to be opened.
REOPEN AFTER COVID-19 LOCKDOWN
The Assiniboine Park Zoo, closed for visitors on May 9, is now open from June 15.
The Assiniboine Park Zoo is currently not accepting any volunteers applications. Only workforce volunteers are open.
This feature is a great approach to learn new skills and make new memories and experiences.
Every year thousands of people help the staff to facilitate with the Park and Zoo working.
The volunteers have to make a long-term commitment to the Assiniboine Park Zoo and be physically active to stand for long hours and walk long distances.