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“Great place especially if tou have young children.”
Review of The Papanack Zoo

The Papanack Zoo
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Great place especially if tou have young children.”
Reviewed August 22, 2013 via mobile

We visited with our 18 month old son and loved that we could let him run around and explore without having to stay on top of him. The open fields with animal enclosures all around were wonderful. Although small... if you take your time and really enjoy the animals, watch the feeding and have some fun you can easily spend a few hours there. The staff was polite and friendly. We will definitely visit again.

Visited July 2013
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1 Thank Carley M
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Nice!”
Reviewed August 15, 2013 via mobile

This place is unique and truly a jem to see. If your tired of over the top fancy zoos ... Come here:) the animals are in as natural as possible settings not painted cement! This place is all about education and continuing to do what is best for the animals not the people paying admission. I've been 3 times in the last 5 years:) get back down to earth people!!!!

Visited September 2012
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3 Thank Dravier
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Ottawa, Canada
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Not a good experience”
Reviewed August 14, 2013

We were led to believe that there was a petting area for my 2 year old. Not so. There are 4 chickens running loose but otherwise this does not have a petting zoo facility. They sell food to feed the animals and this can be misleading if you're used to proper petting zoos.
The animals were in cramped and run down enclosures. The price of entry (for what you get) is much too expensive. We had to pay $8 for my two year old! When in reality the only bit she enjoyed was the plastic slides in the kids park. Most venues like this would be free to under 3's. Also if this and other reviews don't put you off going and you have small children, make sure you take hand disinfectant. The toilets (porta potties) are a disgrace and when I asked for some hand sanitizer for my toddler, they said they had run out. The place is an E. coli outbreak waiting to happen. Overall, it was a waste of money, time and gas. And I felt sorry for the animals stuck there. I wouldn't recommend this place to anyone.

Visited August 2013
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7 Thank Tegan B
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Ottawa
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Not worth the time or the money”
Reviewed August 7, 2013

The admission price is not worth it. We didn't get to see many of the animals as they were hiding. Some we weren't sure they were even there - never saw them. Some of the animals were in rough shape and the enclosures in poor condition. The concession stand charges whatever price they want regardless of the posted prices on the menu. We mentioned it to the employee and got a yeah, so bottom line, pay & shut up or you don't get.
Do not recommend and will never go back

Visited August 2013
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3 Thank Denise P
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Ottawa, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Sucked!”
Reviewed July 31, 2013

This was not a zoo. It was more like a farm. It was boring and gungy and every time you turned around, there was some explanation about the conditions (e.g. "the animals do have clean water (not that we saw any anywhere), in addition to their ponds").

There wasn't even a nice clean walkway leading you from animal to animal. It was all grass, so going with our strollers was not easy. Plus the conditions were not nice at all AND all the signs were junky.

In addition, they only accept cash and the washrooms are portapotties. WTH?

The kids were young, so they didn't really notice how much it sucked but we will never be going back!

Visited July 2013
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9 Thank Emily R
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