About Calgary Zoo
Operated by Alberta’s oldest charity, Calgary Zoological Society, Calgary Zoo is the second largest zoo in Canada. The zoo which had its origins in early 1900s, suffered extensive flooding during June 2013 Calgary floods. The zoo was closed during this period and reopened in November 2013.
Calgary Zoo is also a leading Canadian Centre for conservation and is home to Centre for Conservation Research with many endangered animals in its care.
What to do at the Calgary Zoo?
Things to do at Calgary Zoo
Meet giant pandas Er Shun, Da Mao and cubs Jia Panpan and Jia Yueyue in their brand-new home at the Calgary Zoo.
Visit the penguins at the Penguin Plunge, meet Canada’s impressive animals at the Canadian Wilds, explore the tropical rainforest pathways, see the gorillas, snakes and crocodiles at Destination Africa and greet the tigers and the red pandas at Eurasia.
Take a trip back to the prehistoric times in the prehistoric park, let your kids have a wild time in the zoo-nique playgrounds and learn about the flora and fauna in Dorothy Harvie Botanical Gardens and ENMAX Conservatory.
There are many events and programs including summer camps for kids, family programs like sleepovers, Behind the scenes and Enrichment.
Daily visitor programs – details
ZooLights – Zoolights at the Calgary Zoo presented by ENMAX is one of western Canada’s most spectacular Holiday light shows. Surround your family with the beauty and splendour of over 1.5 million twinkling lights.This interactive light show immerses you in the spirit of the season and will tempt all five senses. Gates close at 8:30 pm
Join for Breakfast Programs with Zoo Animals and Safari Brunch on Sundays.
How much to visit Calgary Zoo?
Calgary Zoo Admission/Tickets
General Admission: $29.95
Senior (60+): $27.95
Child (3 – 15): $19.95
Infant (2 & under): Free
Paid Parking: $10
Rates for Breakfast programs & other activities vary. See the Calgary Zoo Website.
There are many ways to reduce the cost of the zoo tickets, including showing your calgary transit ticket and Air Miles. Check the following link to see all options.- Check for coupons for Calgary zoo.
Save 20% on regular admission – AMA/CAA membership
Calgary Coop occasionally have special offers/promotions for Calgary Zoo. Check the website.
Calgary attractions.com has coupons for most Calgary attractions including Calgary zoo.
Entertainment coupon booklet coupon has $10.00 off regular admission & free zoolights when a second zoolights admission of equal or greater value is purchased.
Where & How to get to Calgary Zoo?
Calgary Zoo Location & Directions
Located in Bridgeland, Calgary zoo is just east of the city’s downtown and adjacent to the Inglewood and East Village neighbourhoods.
The zoo is accessible via Calgary’s C-Train (McKnight/Westwinds) route 202, by car via Memorial Drive and by bicycle and footpath via the Bow River pathway. A large portion of the zoo is located on St. George’s Island on the Bow River.
West entrance Directions- Start at the Eau Claire Trans Canada Trail Pavilion.Travel east along the Bow River pathway (with the Bow River on your left) and walk past two bridges. When you come to the third one – the Old Langevin Bridge, Cross the river and continue traveling east along the pathway. You will pass by one more bridge and walk under yet another one. Shortly after you pass the Bridgeland/Memorial CTrain Station it will be time to cross the river once again at the Baines Bridge. Continue south on Zoo Road N.E. until you reach the west entrance of the Calgary Zoo.
North Entrance (Main Gate): On St George’s Drive.
In DMS:51° 2′ 47.547″,-114° 2′ 13.0848″
In DD: 51.046541,-114.036968
Click on map tab for directions.
How long will it take to see the Zoo?
Time Required to Visit – Two hours to a half a day.
When to go to Calgary Zoo?
Calgary Zoo Hours
The Calgary Zoo is open every day, except for December 25th and Zoogala .
Daily Hours of Operations
Main Gates: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Park hours : 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Penguin Plunge last admission at 4:45pm
What about Calgary Zoo Amenities, Access & Parking?
Dining options available.
Rest rooms. Family friendly.
Guided tours. Gift shops.
Wheel chair accessible.
Pets not allowed. Service/Guide animals are allowed.
Calgary zoo parking
There are two parking lots, North Lot near the main entrance & West lot near the west end of the island.
A $10.00 daily parking fee is in effect. Engage and Inspire Members receive FREE parking after 8:45a.m. – See here
Event Parking: $7.00
North Parking lot GPS : 51.049313, -114.023915
West Parking lot GPS : 51.045812, -114.035738
Calgary Zoo, Calgary
Date: April 19, 2019 To April 20, 2019
Timing: 9:00 AM To 3:00 PM
Calgary Zoo, 1300 Zoo Rd NE Calgary
Date: February 14, 2020 To February 15, 2020
Timing: 12:00 AM To 11:59 PM