Assiniboine Park Zoo
Assiniboine Park Zoo
4.5
Nature & Wildlife Areas • Zoos
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9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Home to more than 150 animal species, the Assiniboine Park Zoo is a place for exploration and family fun every season. Located in beautiful Assiniboine Park, the Zoo has been a favourite destination for families, tourists, school groups, and animal lovers for over a century. With over 80 acres to explore, the Zoo is open year-round with indoor and outdoor exhibits, allowing visitors to interact with animal species from all corners of the globe. Assiniboine Park Zoo is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Canada’s Accredited Zoos and Aquariums, and the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums. As an accredited, modern zoological organization, Assiniboine Park Zoo focuses on meeting and exceeding the ever-rising standards of animal care and welfare, safety, and veterinary programs and as well as demonstrating a commitment to education, conservation and research.
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  • sonyah325
    Weyburn, Canada34 contributions
    Good activity for the kids
    This zoo is open everyday of the year. There was a bit of a line when we arrived over the long weekend and realized it would be faster to purchase tickets online. This was during COVID. Pros: Beautiful zoo with many picnic tables towards the end for families to enjoy. Lots of bathrooms and garbage cans spread throughout. Staff are very engaging. Nice dinosaur exhibit at the end. This was quite possibly the best part of the zoo! Kids loved the rainbow play structures near the farm and could probably have spent all morning here. Polar bears and seals in the walk through tunnel of the aquarium is nice (similar to Toronto’s walk through aquarium without the moving sidewalk) although it can get crowded in this area of the animals are active. All staff are informative and very engaging. Cons: many of the animals were hard to find when we visited in the morning. We are glad there were other exhibits. You could easily spend a few hours here. We went in the morning so it wouldn’t be as hot. Many locals brought a picnic lunch and this is a great idea as they have plenty of sitting space towards the end. On the way out, there was still a line at the entrance so I highly recommend buying tickets online.
    Traveled with family
    Written August 5, 2021
  • wolfbearj
    Edmonton, Canada200 contributions
    Well laid out zoo with lots of space for the animals
    I went to this zoo for the first time and was impressed with the amount of space available in the enclosures for those animals that like to roam a lot like the tigers, wolves, etc. There is a tank to watch the polar bears swim but, unfortunately, it was a warmer day and the time of day I went, they were sleeping. You need to arrive for your visit early in the day to really see the animals out and about and not sleeping, hidden from the sun. The site was clear and easy to follow with good paths. Check out the butterfly exhibit.
    Written September 8, 2022
  • Michelle H
    Spruce Grove, Canada170 contributions
    Great place to spend a day!
    This is a fantastic zoo and not just for the animals. The animals in the zoo were pretty standard ones found across North America. Time of day will help you see them. Large cages are still in place here so getting pictures is a little hard. They did have a white bison. (blonde actually) They had a butterfly house with lots if colorful butterflies. Great. They have a dinosaur display, indoor, yhat wss quite extensive. Don't know if it is there year round. Another area they have a forest walk with lifesize animated dinosaurs that was great. Scared a few kids though. I loved it. The area for Churchill was very well done. As well the underwater viewing areas for the seals and bears was great. Too bad the bears were sleeping, we didn't see them in the water.
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 26, 2022
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Destination511157
Winnipeg, Canada1 contribution
Aug 2021 • Couples
Just had a frustrating non-customer relations experience at the zoo. We had bought discounted tickets in Feb, good for 3 months. I tried to use them on May 9, but the gate said closed due to COVID. I immediately called the zoo office and they said that they would extend the tickets but did not tell me a new expiry date. Tried to use today, but were told the tickets expired 2 weeks ago. No credit given for what we already paid. Would have to buy new tickets. Really?! Did our $32 for 2 tickets just disappear into thin air?

Was told we should have phoned regularly or checked the website regularly to find out the new date. They had my email address and my phone number but could not contact all the people affected by the COVID shutdown.

For “good” customer relations, they could have given me credit for the amount already paid and charged me the difference. A gift card doesn’t expire. If you pay for a specific service like a facial and the price goes up, they can charge you the difference, but they can’t just grab the payment and say “sorry - you should have called us to find out the new expiry date”. Where did the original $32 we spent go??

Very annoyed. No help from speaking to onsite manager or office. Asked to have this complaint escalated to a high level of management as this is unfair.
Written August 1, 2021
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mrsbrittmarie
Moose Jaw, Canada3 contributions
Jul 2021
tickets were cheap which would be a bonus on a good day however, after visiting i would have rather paid $100 a ticket to be impressed with the zoo.
no landscaping was done, it was +35 outside when visiting, all the animals were panting from heat, no water holes for swimming appeared to be apparent for them besides the polar bears pool (small) & the pond we noticed in the tiger cage.
can see the walking path of the tigers everyday life (watching tiger king probably didn't help this review), the eagles were massive & there cage looked small & like they never actually get to fly. this wasn't the only small cage for what we did see but that was the first time i said it out loud was when seeing the eagles.
zoo's just wont be something i am supporting in the future.
Written July 22, 2021
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Gaynor h
Grafton, ND843 contributions
Oct 2021
I’m inclined to boo. We had tickets for 8:00 pm and after having our photo I’d and vaccination cards scanned, we were all allowed to enter. We spent almost 1 3/4 hours walking. For younger kids ( the youngest with us was 12), it would probably LTE be more exciting. It was extremely crowded for a Sunday evening and the line-ups were almost as bad as DisneyWorld at Christmas! Apart from the lights, skeletons and Halloween effects, there was a Ferris wheel, which nobody went on, a super slide which they waited ages for and the ride was 10 seconds, a merry-go-round for younger kids and a funhouse, again with ridiculous lines. The band we heard was really very good. Some of the animated giant bugs were good, but overall, it was disappointing for $12.75 a person. I do hope it does well and that they make it bigger and better next year. Parking was NUTS because it was free I suppose. The scariest thing was the person who scuttled out of the dark on all fours. We probably wouldn’t go back.
Written October 19, 2021
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Tami B
1 contribution
Jul 2021
I have trouble adding a star rating, because it's a mixed review. My grandkids had fun. HOWEVER. We planned this trip in advance as we were coming from out of province. My husband is disabled. Walking for any distance is quit painful for him. But, we noticed on the website that electric scooters were available for rent. Perfect! For once my husband doesn't have to be either left out or suffering to enjoy an outing with his grandsons.

We were there when the park opened, so imagine our surprise when we were told there were NO scooters left. We clearly saw 3 sitting there, and no one before us had rented any, since we were relatively close to the start of the line when it opened.

There were wheelchairs available, though the friction on them was terrible, so someone had to push him, which was difficult when our arms were busy with a 4 year old, 2 year old and 11 month old twins. He ended up walking most of the route, and suffering the rest of the day for it.

Basically, we spent a small fortune for a trip we preplanned that ended up being nothing but a hassle. I'm glad my grandkids had fun, but it was torture for all the adults involved.
Written July 27, 2021
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Gail K
Winnipeg, Canada56 contributions
Aug 2020 • Family
My husband and I visited with our granddaughter who is 4. The walk through the zoo was greeted with empty exhibits and crowds that were not well monitored especially in the Journey to Churchill building. There were no staff or volunteers present to direct people who crowded the hallways and stood for many minutes blocking the path and chatting without masks or physical distancing. We left the exhibit by backtracking because of the crowding. We saw a keeper cleaning an exhibit, 2 eagles, a lynx, a cougar sleeping and 2 owls. The butterfly exhibit was completely empty. We were told a bird got in and ate them by a volunteer after we were inside. The person at the entrance made no mention that the exhibit was empty. For $50 we would expect better😥 We will not be back in the near future.
Written August 8, 2020
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WingsOverWorld
Winnipeg, Canada291 contributions
Dec 2022 • Family
Zoo Lights is a phenomenal Christmas Light display set up through Assiniboine Park Zoo. Not only are there 1.5 Million Christmas Lights but also live entertainment, various bands playing in warm up tents, outdoor entertainment such as fire dancers, hot chocolate, food, bar drinks, mini donuts, and the animals at night such as the wolves to watch. It took about 2 hours to walk through the display. It is absolutely incredible. I highly recommend it when in Winnipeg at Christmas time.
Written December 29, 2022
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Stefanie H
Lincoln, NE1,465 contributions
Aug 2022
This zoo is small but very nice for a half day visit. The Journey to Churchill exhibit is the star, and it was really fun to watch the seals swimming overhead. The information about the town of Churchill was also very good. Be sure to also walk through the dinosaur exhibit, and the kangaroo walkabout is charming as well. There is a large parking lot right outside the front gates, and the gift shop is very nice as well. The zoo is a part of the AZA reciprocity program, so you can get a significant discount on admission if you have another zoo's membership card, even if it is a US zoo.
Written August 14, 2022
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Craig T
Roseburg, OR386 contributions
Oct 2022
We took the train from Winnipeg to Churchill Manitoba to see Polar bears. While on the train we heard about this zoo. We had planned to stay in Winnipeg for a few days after the train trip and that gave us time to visit the Zoo. We went here to see the polar bear exhibit, but this zoo has much more to offer. There is a good variety of animals and some well-done displays (including the Churchill area exhibit). The price is reasonable for what is included and the exchange rate when we were there was good. The cafe is very nice and overlooks the Polar bear exhibit. I would say this attraction is a must see when in Winnepeg.
Written December 31, 2022
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Thon
Ottawa, Canada715 contributions
Oct 2022
went to the zoo primarily to see the arctic exhibits but ended up seeing everything. Was interesting and a productive way to spend an afternoon. We particularly wanted to see polar bears as we were on our way up to Churchill and in case we didn’t see any up there at least we would have seen some on our trip.
Written October 17, 2022
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Jeri-lynn H
36 contributions
Feb 2020 • Solo
Winnipeg's zoo is a great place to visit all year round. This winter the polar bears, snow leopards, tigers, wolves are out and about. The zoo has a polar aquarium where you can watch the bears swim overhead.

The spring and summer more animals are outside. The zoo has special weekends designated for certain animals.

It is one of my favorite places in Winnipeg
Written February 13, 2020
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