I have visited the Discovery Wildlie Park in Innisfail Alberta 3 times now, traveling all the way from Idaho, with my most recent visit in July 2012. I totally love this place.
DWP is a zoo, but it's much, much more than that. It's an experience. All, or most, of the animals are orphaned, and DWP has provided a safe and loving santuary for them to flourish in. The goal of the Park is to educate the public about wildlife rescue and conservation. While DWP is not an exceptionally large, fancy facility such as you would find in larger cities, it is beautifully landscaped and very clean. The animals are very well cared for and loved. Unlike in most zoos, at DWP you are able to get up right close and personal with the animals, many of which you can pet through the fence. It is however, best to visit during cooler hours of the day if you want to see the animals when they are most active. The Park offers several different animal presentations throughout the day, including bear presentations that are awesome. After the bear presentations you have the opportunity to have your picture taken with one of the bears, who are all movie stars by the way, separated by a hot wire. The experience is completely safe, and well managed.
The Park owners, trainers, zoo keepers, and staff are all awesome, very friendly and more than willing to answer any questions you may have. For those with disabilities, they offer golf cart rentals to assist you in getting around the Park. The main Park building contains a small fast food area and a fully stocked gift shop with something for the whole family. In order to take in all of the animal presentations and experience the whole Park, you need to plan on spending the day. There are also other attractions as well along the stretch of highway between Calgary and Edmonton, so one could plan quite a vacation just visiting this part of Alberta. Plus, DWP is only a 2 1/2 hour drive from Banff National Park, and even less traveling distance to the Dinosaur Trail and the Hoodoos near Drumheller AB.
I highly recommend a visit to the Discovery Wildlife Park. It will truly be an experience that you and your children will remember for a lifetime. I am already planning my return trip during the summer of 2013.
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