About Assiniboine Park & Zoo
Initially named the “Suburban Park” in 1904, the 283-acre woodland and prairie along the south bank of Assiniboine River was later renamed as the Assiniboine Park.
What to Do at Assiniboine Park & Zoo?
Things to do:
Assiniboine Park, one of the largest city parks in Canada, is home to the Assiniboine Park Zoo, Qualico Family Centre, Leo Mol Sculpture Garden, Pavilion Gallery Museum, Lyric Theatre, and Nature Playground. In addition to these attractions, Assiniboine Park also boasts wide open green spaces, an abundant urban forest, gorgeous gardens, and scenic Duck Pond that turns into a natural skating rink in winter. In addition, at the south east corner of the park is the Citizens Hall of Fame honouring excellence in the community.
Pavilion Gallery Museum: Features works by renowned Manitoba artists in addition to a gallery of Winnie the Pooh artifacts and memorabilia.
Leo Mol Sculpture Garden: The Garden displays magnificent works of Dr. Leo Mol. Also in the garden are the Leo Mol School House Studio and the Leo Mol Gallery featuring works of various artists.At the School House studio, the visitors can see moulds and plaster casts using which beautiful bronze sculptures were created.
Lyric Theatre: Outdoor stage hosts many events including the annual Summer Entertainment Series.
Nature Playground: Jump, climb, run and explore the nature playground with its slides, tunnels, swings, mountains, bridges, and more fun.
Gardens: There are a number of gardens in the Assiniboine Park including the Streuber Family Children’s Garden, Abilities Garden, Herb Garden and The Garden of Life. Inspired by the board game Snakes and Ladders is the Streuber Family Children’s Garden located in the Nature Playground. Designed for visitors with limited and full mobility is the abilities garden. The Herb Garden features a wide variety of culinary and medicinal herbs. There is also a Garden of Life that depict the shape, colour or care of the vital organs used in human transplantation. The English Garden is designed in the English landscape style; The Formal Garden with its symmetrical flower beds and flower arrangement and the Water Wise Garden featuring more than 500 water wise trees and plants.
Shirley Richardson Butterfly Garden: Visit the Park from late spring to early fall and be wowed by the butterfly garden in a beautiful garden. Take part in programming activities to learn how to grow a butterfly garden.
Steam Train: Running daily from May long weekend to September long weekend is a miniature Steam Train.
Assiniboine Park Zoo: With animals from all over the world, Assiniboine Park Zoo is a great place for family fun. Greet kangaroos and emus at the Australian Walkout, see the beautiful butterflies inside the colourful Butterfly garden during spring, get in touch with nature at the interactive Kinsmen Discovery centre. Get to know Bisons at the Boreal Forest, the majestic lions and tigers at the Animals of Asia, and learn about pioneer era at the McFeetors Heavy Horse Centre.
Explore tropical paradise and its inhabitants at the Toucan Ridge and later undertake a take a trip to Churchill in the Journey to Churchill exhibit.
Journey to Churchill: This is a Canadian Signature Experience (90-minute tour) that takes you on a journey to Manitoba’s north to discover its wildlife, culture and geography. The exhibit is spread over 10-acres. Here, you can explore Churchill from its boreal forest to its tundra, and see majestic polar bears. Visitors can enjoy a personalized animal encounter with the Zookeeper. This is an amazing opportunity to understand about the care of polar bears as well as see them at close quaters. As you go along the exhibit see other tundra animals including Artic fox, wolves, snowy owl, seals, carobou, muskoven.
Head to the Aurora Borealis Theatre (360 degree domed theatre) to enjoy the wonder of Northern Lights during an 8-minute Rhythms of the North film. The tour also gives an exclusive tour of the Polar Bear Conservation Centre where you can learn about the work being done around the world for wildlife conservation and environmental protection. The final leg of the tour takes you to see the Churchill coast and town site.
Best time to visit: The polar bears rest in dens during summer. Visitors can see them through the viewing windows for a closer look. They are most active during winter months when you can see them swimming in the Sea Ice Passage underway viewing tunnels.
Assiniboine Park also offers high quality educational programs, diverse recreational opportunities, and hosts hundreds of public and private events, from weddings to Canada Day celebrations, each year.
Every summer, the Assiniboine Park Conservancy presents music and movies as part of Red River Co-op Summer Entertainment Series.
Summer Fun Zone: Features 3 animal-themed bouncy house for kids to burn off energy.
When to visit Assiniboine Park & Zoo?
Zoo hours: Open 364 days a year. Closed on 25 December.
Zoo Summer Hours:
mid-April to mid-October: Daily | 9:00 AM- 5:00 PM. Gates close at 4:30 PM
Zoo Winter Hours:
From mid-October to mid-March: Daily | 9:00 AM- 4:00 PM. Gates close at 3:30 PM
November 11 | 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Park Hours: Open 365 days a year.
The Park Cafe (Qualico Family Centre): Daily | 8:00 AM- 4:00 PM
Nature Playground: Daily | 8:00 AM – Dusk
Leo Mol Gallery & School house: – Good Friday – November 1 | Daily | 9:00 AM – Dusk . Closed November 1 – Good Friday.
Steam Train: May long weekend – September long weekeknd | Daily | Noon – 6:00 PM; September long weekend – mid/late October: weekends and Holiday Mondays.
Time required to visit:
3 -4 hrs, to a whole day depending on interest
How much will it cost to visit Assiniboine Park & Zoo?
Zoo Admission: Adults (18 – 59) – $20.50; Seniors (60+) – $17.75; Youth (13 – 17 years) – $17.75; Children (3 – 12 years) – $11.25; Under 3 years – Free. GST extra
Journey to Churchill tour: $75.00/person (includes guided Zoo tour, Zoo admission, and taxes)
Support persons (with ID): Free. When a person who requires a support worker attends the Zoo, that individual pays the full admission rate, however, the support person is admitted free of charge because they are accompanying someone who could not visit without support.
Summer Fun Zone: Single $4.00; Additional ticket $3.50; Socks $1.00; Bulk – 3 tickets $10.00
Steam Train: $3.00
Types of payment accepted – Cash, debit card, MasterCard and Visa accepted.
How to get tickets?
Online / At the Door
Zoo Guided walking tours: Available for groups. Tours are 60 to 90 minutes in length and require a minimum of 12 people.
How to get to Assiniboine Park & Zoo?
Assiniboine Park & Zoo, 55 Pavilion Crescent, Winnipeg, MB R3P 2N6, Canada
The Zoo is centrally located in Assiniboine Park, just minutes from downtown Winnipeg at
2595 Roblin Boulevard, Winnipeg, MB R3P 2N7
Lat: 49.8684467, Lon: -97.2757387
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Parking: Free parking. The Zoo entrance features two expansive parking areas and convenient access off Roblin Boulevard.
An additional parking lot at 54 Zoo Drive is for buses, Zoo overflow parking, and general Park use. A footpath connects this lot to the main Zoo lot. Additional parking is located throughout Assiniboine Park.
Domo Shuttle: From late spring to early fall, the DOMO Shuttle provides free shuttle service within the Park to and from all major attractions including the Assiniboine Park Zoo.
Zoo Tram: Runs on a route that connects the Zoo entrance with the north end of the Zoo, with stops along the way. The tram operates from late spring to early fall.
Public Transit Accessible: The Park Zoo is well-connected by the Winnipeg Transit.
What about amenities and accessibility?
Wheel chair accessible.
Service animals allowed (The animal’s vaccination papers must be presented)
Wash rooms/ family friendly
Wheelchairs, strollers and scooters (in the spring/summer/fall) available to rent during your Zoo visit.
Single Stroller – $4.50; Double Stroller – $6.50; Wheelchair – $6.00; Electric Scooter – $30.00
Park Café: Located in Qualico Family Centre.
Winston’s Ice Cream Shoppe: Located between Toucan Ridge and the Shirley Richardson Butterfly Garden, Winston’s Ice Cream Shoppe serves up a delicious selection of scooped ice cream, soft serve, banana splits and more.
Wild Things Gift Shop: Located in the new Zoo entrance at 2595 Roblin Boulevard, Wild Things offers a variety of Zoo souvenirs, art, clothing, and collectibles.
Arctic Treasures Gift Shop: Located inside the Zoo’s Journey to Churchill exhibt, Arctic Treasures offers a mix of traditional and truly unique gift items and a one-of-a-kind Arctic-themed shopping experience.