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15 Best Zoos Animal Lovers Should Visit in Canada

15 Best Zoos Animal Lovers Should Visit in Canada

15 Best Zoos Animal Lovers Should Visit in Canada

Going to the zoo is always a fun and educational experience, especially for students. It’s an excellent opportunity to teach them about ecology, and biology, and imbue them with a deep respect for all living creatures, big or small. 

This is why many schools usually plan field trips to the zoo. That being said, if you’re a teacher, guardian, or parent looking for a comprehensive guide on the best zoos in Canada, you’ve come to the right place. 

As animal lovers ourselves, we want to ensure that you and your children can have the best possible zoo experience. In this article, we listed down the best zoos in the country across different cities. 

We also included all the pertinent details so you can find them all in one place - pretty convenient, huh? We hope that this guide can be helpful for schools, towns, and even bloggers who are looking for the best zoos to visit. 

What are we waiting for? Let’s dig right in! 

1. Toronto Zoo



Toronto Zoo is the biggest zoo in Canada, spanning 287 hectares. 


As mentioned, the Toronto Zoo is the largest zoo and features over 5000 animals from 450 different species. It’s conveniently divided into seven zoo-geographical regions showing different animals from various continents flourishing in their natural habitats. 

Some of the animals you’ll see here are naked mole rats, turtles, different species of snakes, fish, hippopotamus, otters, lions, tigers, cheetahs, birds, hyenas, rhinoceros, alligators, flamingos, frogs, kangaroos, and many more. 

Aside from the wide range of animals you’ll get to see in the zoo, there are also a lot of other attractions, events, and programs available that will make your trip to this zoo a memorable and thrilling experience for both adults and kids! 

Granted, most of these attractions require a fee aside from the entrance fee we listed above. Check out this table and their prices below: 

Toronto Zoo Homepage
ADDRESS2000 Meadowvale Rd, Toronto, ON M1B 5K7, Canada
OPERATING HOURSMonday-Sunday (9:30 AM-4:30 PM)
CONTACT DETAILS+1 416-392-5900

Peak Season

Child (Ages 3-12) - $18.30

Adult (Ages 13-64) - $27.99

Senior (65 onwards) - $23.15

Non-peak Season

Child (Ages 3-12) - $13.50

Adult (Ages 13-64) - $22.20

Senior (65 onwards) - $17.35

ZOO MAPToronto Zoo Map
  • Africa
  • Americas
  • Australasia 
  • Canadian Domain
  • Tundra trek
  • Eurasia Wilds 
  • Indo-Malaya 
ZoomobileTrip around the zoo on the Zoomobile with engaging commentary$9.00
Conservation carouselNOTE: Kids ages 5 and under, or 36″ and under must ride with an adult 
Maximum weight capacity of each animal is 250lbs
GreenhouseShowcase of local and international plants arranged biogeographicallyFREE with admission
Tundra Air Ride You’ll fly over Tundra trek at 48 km/hr. The ride seats 1 or 2 people. $10.62
Splash islandSplash pad with waterslides, waterfalls, water-spouting animals, and tipping bucketsFREE with admission
Serengeti Bush CampOvernight experienceYouth and School Groups (minimum of  20 participants): $75.22+ HST per person

Family/Adult Nights:
Ages 13 and up: $106.19+ HST per person
Ages 6 to 12: $97.35+ HST per person

2. Calgary Zoo

Calgary Zoo Homepage
ADDRESS210 St. George's Drive NE, Calgary, AB T2E 7V6, Canada
OPERATING HOURSMonday-Sunday (9:00 AM-5:00 PM)
CONTACT DETAILS+1 403-232-9300
ADMISSION TICKET COST Child (Ages 3-15) - $19.95

Adult (Ages 16-59) - $29.95

Senior (60 onwards) - $27.95

ZOO MAPCalgary Zoo Map

Calgary Zoo is one of the oldest charities in Canada! They focus not only on wildlife but also on environmental sustainability.

Calgary Zoo has 6 wonderful divisions that contain different kinds of animals and collections: 

  • Penguin Plunge- This division has a display of a lot of different types of penguins such as King, Gentoo, Humboldt, and Rockhopper penguins.
  • Canadian Wilds- This division showcases a lot of local animals such as moose, cougars, bears, and more. 
  • Prehistoric Park- This division shows exhibitions of different dinosaurs. 
  • Destination Africa- This division simulates the wonderful savannah, and rainforests filled with lions, gorillas, hippopotamuses, giraffes, and lemurs.
  • Exploration Asia- This division demonstrates the forests and mountains of Asia.  Animals including Amur tigers, snow leopards, and red pandas can be seen here.
  • ENMAX Conservatory/Dorothy Harvie Gardens- This division is an immersive experience that has a lot of seasonal butterflies and a scenic outdoor garden.

They offer schools the option of having self-guided visits. If you’re a school group with 15 students or greater, you’re eligible for discounted rates!

Calgary Zoo also believes in preserving the safety and well-being of Canada’s students so together with the discounted rates, they offer free chaperone tickets. However, they require booking 3 days in advance for you to avail of this package. 

Schools that purchase tickets on the day will be charged the full price with an additional $25 late booking fee. The chaperone tickets can be used only on the day of the trip.

Calgary Zoo also offers a lot of events for families and even adults. See them here: 

Safari Sunday BrunchBrunch in the heart of Destination Africa every Sunday. Include a free-flowing chocolate fountain, fresh fruit, eggs Benedict, Canadian bacon, Belgian waffle bar, etc.Safari Brunch + Zoo admission
Adult (16-59): $44.95
Senior (60+): $41.95
Child (3-15): $27.95
Enchanted DinnerAdults-only 18+ event that includes a four-course dinner in the ENMAX gardens and a sneak-peek of ZOOLIGHTS.$115
ZOOLIGHTSThemed areas and activities with a multi-sensory experience with twinkling lights at every turn. Includes 200 light figurines, and interactive and choreographed light displays.General (16+): $21.95
Child (3-15): $14.95
ZOOLIGHTS: Snow GlobesA rental private oasis with twinkling lights and admission to ZOOLIGHTS. It includes your selected food and beverage package.Decadent Celebration Package (Charcuterie board, Prosecco, Chocolate dipped strawberries)
For 2: $250
For 4: $350
For 6: $450

Tipsy Elf Package (Mulled Wine and Artisan cheese board with crackers and fruits)
For 2: $175
For 4: $275
For 6: $375

Cozy Cookies Package (hot chocolate bar with whipped cream, oreo crumble, candies and mini marshmallows including miniature holiday cookies)
For 2: $150
For 4: $250
For 6: $350
ZOOLIGHTS: Adults Night OutAdults-only 18+ event that includes the magic of ZOOLIGHTS and beverage samplings, hot food snacks, and other activities.Early bird pricing: $69
Normal pricing: $79
Beary Merry Holiday PartyAdults-only 18+ event designed for small groups which is a holiday party for small business teams, friends, and family to celebrate the season in a unique way!$115

3. British Columbia Wildlife Park

British Columbia Wildlife Park Homepage
ADDRESS9077 Dallas Dr. Kamloops, BC V2C 6V1, Canada
OPERATING HOURSMonday-Sunday (9:30 AM-4:00 PM)
CONTACT DETAILS+1 250-573-3242

Day Pass

Child (3-17): $13.45

Adult (18-64): $17.45

Senior (65+): $15.45

Family 1 (2 Adults + 2 Children): $53.45

Family 2 (2 Adults + 3 Children): $65.45

Family 3 (2 Adults + 4 Children): $76.45

Annual Pass (unlimited regular day admission for 1 year, and other discounts)

Child (3-17): $52.35

Adult (18-64): $46.35

Senior (65+): $40.35

Family 1 (2 Adults + 2 Children): $144.30

Family 2 (2 Adults + 3 Children): $176.70

Family 3 (2 Adults + 4 Children): $206.40

Family 4 (2 Seniors + 4 Children): $176.70

ZOO MAPBC Wildlife Map

British Columbia Wildlife Park divides their animals into these categories: 

  • Arachnids and Insects  
  • Bears – The zoo displays grizzly bears, blackbears, and kermode bears, however the black bears and the kermode bear have denned down for the winter. 
  • Felines – They also have two rescued cougars and a bobcat.
  • Birds of Prey – Bald eagles, golden eagles, barred owls, great grey owls, great horned owls, red-tailed hawks, long-eared owls, and burrowing owls call British Columbia Wildlife Park their home.
  • Canines – Learn about arctic wolves and red foxes in the zoo.
  • Home Hardware Family Farm – See some of your favorite farm animals in the zoo such as goats, sheep, llamas, donkeys, and chickens.
  • Hoofstock – Bisons, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, mule deers, and white-tailed deers are seen in the zoo.
  • Small Mammals – The zoo is also home to small mammals such as the American badger, northern flying squirrel, porcupine, and raccoons.
  • Waterfowl – For waterfowls, they have Ralph Edwards the trumpeter swan, George the tundra swan, and Ferdinand the snow goose.
  • Reptiles and Amphibians – The zoo has a wonderful collection of rattlesnakes, rubber boas, gopher snakes, pacific chorus frogs, western toads, spadefoot toads, tiger salamanders, red-eared slider, and western painted turtles. 

What we love about this zoo is that they readily offer discounted prices for families! Aside from this, they also have a lot of things to do within the park:

Playground and Splash ParkA playground that incorporates different animal habitats. Everyone can also avail of the splash park to cool off.Free (via the zoo admission)
Home Hardware Family FarmOn some days, guests can go near their friendly goats and sheep. Free (via the zoo admission)
Bird Of Prey Flight DemonstrationsDuring August and July, you can have the chance to look at British Columbia’s birds of prey as they fly overhead at the Highland Valley Copper Amphitheatre. Free (via the zoo admission)
Wildlife ExpressA miniature train ride to go through the various areas of British Columbia Wildlife Park.$1 for each person

4. Edmonton Valley Zoo

Edmonton Valley Zoo Homepage
ADDRESS13315 Buena Vista Road &, 87 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 2R7, Canada
OPERATING HOURSThursday-Sunday (10 AM-4 PM)
CONTACT DETAILS+1 780-442-5311
ADMISSION TICKET COST Child​ (Ages 2-12)- $7.75

Youth (Ages 13-17)- $9.95

Adult ​ (Ages 18-64)- $10.95

Senior (Age 65+)- $9.95

Tot (0-23 months)- Free

ZOO MAPEdmonton Valley Zoo Map


This zoo has an application that can help you navigate the zoo during your trip called “Edmonton Valley Zoo Map”. You can download it for free on the App Store or Google Play. 

You can also have a copy of the zoo’s map here

Located on the banks of the North Saskatchewan River, the Edmonton Valley Zoo is an intimate zoo that allows your children to have an engaging experience with the animals. They have over 350 native and exotic animals of over 100 species. 

We love how this zoo focuses on animal conservation and aims to give an intimate experience through their animal interaction programs. For a fee, you can check out their live and pre-recorded virtual programs for example. 

As for the animals that you’ll see here, the zoo is divided into various habitats. Some animals you’ll encounter are the following: 

  • Red panda
  • North American River Otter
  • Meerkats 
  • Sultaca tortoise
  • Squirrel monkeys 
  • Emu
  • Kea
  • Lemur
  • Elephant
  • Arctic wolves
  • Amur tigers
  • Snow leopard
  • Red fox
  • White-handed gibbon 
  • Zebra
  • Sheep 
  • Hoenybees
  • Reindeer
  • Takin 
  • Guanaco
  • Camel

Aside from the different animals you’ll see, here’s a list of some of the various programs they have available at this zoo: 

Animal Senses1.5 hr$240 (Zoo admission included)
Animals Around the World1.5 hr$240 (Zoo admission included)
Endangered Species1.5 hr$240 (Zoo admission included)
Fur, Feathers, and Scales1.5 hr$240 (Zoo admission included)
Night Creatures1.5 hr$240 (Zoo admission included)
Winter Animal Adaptation1.5 hr$240 (Zoo admission included)
Zoo SleepoverOvernight $699 for up to 30 children and their supervisors.

The zoo also has a cafe, a restaurant, a picnic area, and an ice cream store. 

Sounds fun? You can book your tickets here

5. Granby Zoo

Granby Zoo Homepage
ADDRESS525, rue St-Hubert, Granby, Québec, J2G 5P3, Canada
OPERATING HOURSGenerally, they are open Monday-Sunday (10:00 AM - 4:00 PM; although they have a schedule that is posted in their website)
CONTACT DETAILS+1 450-372-9113

Web Rates

Toddler (2): $10.99

Child (3-12): $26.99

Regular (13-64): $38.99

Senior (65+): $31.99

On-site Rates

Toddler (2): $13.99

Child (3-12): $29.99

Regular (13-64): $41.99

Senior (65+): $34.99

ZOO MAPGranby Zoo Map

Granby Zoo has an amusement park called “Parc Johnny test Collection” which is named after the Johnny Test animated TV series.

Granby Zoo divides its animals into different continents. Check out the animals you’ll see per area here: 

  • Asia – Some animals you’ll see here include the snow leopard, amur leopard, red panda, amur tiger, yak, Bactrian camel, and Japanese macaque. 
  • Oceania – In this region, you’ll see the eastern grey kangaroo, cownose ray, blacktip reef shark, emu, green sea turtle, Bennett’s wallaby, barn owl, black swan, moon jellyfish, and rainbow lorikeet. 
  • African – Be amazed at the wildlife from Africa like the blue wildebeest, ball python, giant African land snail, white rhinoceros, Aldabra giant tortoise, grant’s zebra, guereza, African lion, hippopotamus, western lowland gorilla, giraffe, bateleur eagle, ostrich, slender-tailed meerkat, the African elephant. 
  • South America – See the Caribbean flamingo, golden lion tamarin, three-banded armadillo, red-footed tortoise, softshell turtle, American kestrel, Andean condor, long-tailed chinchilla, boa constrictor, blue and yellow macaw, alpaca, jaguar, American alligator, and llama. 

This zoo is very unique because of the different activities you can enjoy here: 

Sweet Springtime at the ZooSpringtime experience as more animals are going outside. They have ten stations all over the zoo’s continents about the animals’ babies.Free (via the zoo admission)
Amusement ParkA dozen free activities such as bumper cars, carousel, Ferris wheel, motorcycles, helicopters, roller coaster, and 7D Theater.Free (via the zoo admission)
Amazon Water ParkThe whole family can enjoy the water park inspired by an Amazonian village.Free (via the zoo admission)
Autumn at the ZooLots of presentations by their animal care technicians and see the animals eating snacks…Free (via the zoo admission)
Winter at the ZooA unique experience during the winter by viewing the zoo’s exotic animals. They also have indoor pavilions to meet your favorites Free (via the zoo admission)

6. Greater Vancouver Zoo

Greater Vancouver Zoo Homepage
ADDRESS5048 264 St, Aldergrove, BC V4W 1N7, Canada
OPERATING HOURSMonday-Sunday (9 AM-4 PM)
CONTACT DETAILS+1 604-856-6825
ADMISSION TICKET COST Adult (18-64) - $33.00

Child (3-17)- $25.00

Senior (65+)- $25.00

Student (18+ with ID) - $27.00

ZOO MAPGreater Vancouver Zoo Map

The zoo has a podcast about conservation that you can listen to on Spotify! Check it out here


The Greater Vancouver Zoo is home to over 140 species of animals. The whole zoo spans 120 acres and is located in Fraser Valley. 

The zoo is very passionate about conservation. In fact, it is home to many rescued, donated, and orphaned animals.

Some animals that you’ll see here include the following: 

  • Tortoise
  • Alpaca
  • Elk
  • Flamingo
  • Horse
  • Pelican 
  • Camel
  • Bison
  • Donkey 
  • Cheetah
  • Emu 
  • Giraffe 
  • Juguar 
  • Lion
  • Red panda
  • Tiger 
  • Deer 
  • Turtle 
  • Pig 

To see more information and the full list of the animals, check it out here

Aside from their collection of animals, they also have a lot of programs you and your child can enjoy such as the following: 

Behind The ScenesInteract directly with different animals such as red pants, grizzly bears, hippos, giraffes through this program.$375
Keeper Talks Spotlighting a day in the life of the Keepers in the zoo and 15 animals FREE with admission
Night in the WildNight tour of the zoo$62.00/per person
Jr. ZoologistCamp at the zooChild: $350.00/week
DIY Field Trip Experience the zoo with a self-guided education kit. This is best for home schoolers.$20 DIY Kit ($15 for members)
$80 Daily Admission + DIY Kit (1 adult, 2 kids) Additional students are $10 and parents are $15
Field TripDesigned to help you meet the British Columbia Ministry of Education curriculum and standardsChildren – $17.25
Teachers and Education Assistants – Free
Chaperones – Free (1 chaperone per 3 paying children)
Price include Admission, Train ride, and Education Program

7. Magnetic Hill Zoo

Magnetic Hill Zoo Homepage
ADDRESS125 Magic Mountain Rd, Moncton, NB E1G 4V7, Canada
OPERATING HOURSGenerally, they are open Monday-Sunday (10:00 AM - 4:00 PM; although they have a schedule that is posted in their website)
CONTACT DETAILS+1 506-877-7720
ADMISSION TICKET COST The rates are fluctuating based on the dates but generally the rates are:

Child (4-12): $4-$13

Teens + Seniors (13-18 & 60+): $6-$15

Adults (19-59): $6-$16

ZOO MAPMagnetic Hill Zoo Map


The Magnetic Hill Zoo was formerly known as the Magnetic Hill Game Farm, which was a home to orphaned and injured indigenous species until the city of Moncton took over the park and began acquiring more exotic species.

Magnetic Hill Zoo divides its animals into continents where you can find those animals just like Granby Zoo:

  • Asia – Amur tiger, barn owl, and serval
  • Africa – the African lion, black and white ruffed lemur, Dromedary camel,  siamang, watusi, white-handed gibbon, Geoffroy’s spider monkey, ostrich, Barbary sheep, Boer goat, Colobus monkey, Marabou stork, plains zebra, ring-tailed lemur
  • America – black bear, Indian blue peafowl, jaguar, Muscovy duck, rhea, squirrel monkey, white-collared peccary, red fox, western cougar, white-tailed deer, woodland caribou, alpaca, Andean condor, Arctic wolf, blue and yellow macaw, Canada goose, capybara, and fallow deer

And a special division:


  • Here you can see the emu, red-necked wallaby, reticulated python, African soft-furred rat, ball python, bearded dragon, North American river otter, Tarpan horse, African pygmy goat. 
  •  This area also shows the landing’s turtle, box turtle, budgie, Caribbean flamingo, Chilean rose tarantula, common marmoset, corn snake, domestic mouse, and domestic rat. 
  • In this region, you can also see the Dutch bantam chicken, dwarf caiman, emperor scorpion, goldfish, hermit crab, Madagascar hissing cockroach, Mali uromastyx, meerkat, Sicilian donkey, Silkie chicken, Sudan plated lizard, Sulcata tortoise, Bietnamese pot-bellied pig, and walking stick bug. 

The zoo offers unique things to do that are listed below:

Home School campsFor home schooled children between grade 1-5$20 per student per day (zoo admission included)
Enrichment workshopsEducational presentation about animal enrichment$35 per person (zoo admission included)
Behind the Scenes: Big catsEducational presentation about tigers, their endangered status and what actions to take to help them$55 per person (zoo admission included)

8. Riverview Park and Zoo

Riverview Park and Zoo Homepage
ADDRESS1300 Water Street North, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada
OPERATING HOURSMonday to Sunday (8:30 AM - dusk)
CONTACT DETAILS+1 705-748-9301
ZOO MAPRiverview Park and Zoo Map


Riverview Park and Zoo is Canada’s only free-admission accredited zoo.

Riverview Park and Zoo divides their animals into species. Check out the animals you’ll see here below: 

  • Reptiles – African dwarf crocodile, African plated lizard, African spurred tortoise, ball python, Burmese python, boa constrictor, Eastern box turtle, Malayan box turtle, Sulawesi forest turtle, yellow-footed tortoise
  • Mammals – Bactrian camel, Barbary sheep, pot-bellied pig, capybara, squirrel monkey, domestic yak, Eurasian lynx, river otter, red-necked wallaby, red-rumped agouti, reindeer caribou, serval, slender-tailed meerkat, Sichuan takin
  • Birds – chestnut-fronted macaw, common peafowl, emu, green-winged macaw, helmeted guineafowl, Muscovy duck, wild turkey
  • Fish

The zoo offers unique things to do that are listed below:

GardensRiverview Park and Zoo has butterfly gardens to promote native butterflies and monarchs. Floral gardens adorn the park and zoo Free
PlaygroundOne of the largest playgrounds in the city for children of all agesFree
Splash PadThe splash pads are open for people to stay cool while they visitFree
Miniature Train RideRide in an 1860 locomotive replica that goes for two kilometersFree

9. Vancouver Aquarium

Vancouver Aquarium Homepage
ADDRESS845 Avison Way, Vancouver, BC V6G 3E2, Canada
OPERATING HOURS Monday-Sunday (10 AM-5 PM) 
CONTACT DETAILS+1 778-655-9554

Ticket prices vary by day

Here’s a ballpark price:

Adult (Ages 13-64) - $37.95 - $49.95

Child -~ $23.95

Senior/Student- ~$33.45

ZOO MAPVancouver Aquarium Map

Vancouver Aquarium is the largest aquarium in the country. 


The Vancouver Aquarium features thousands of ocean species and aquatic life. It opened its doors in 1956 and since then it has been visited by over 40 million people from all over the world. 

Here you’ll see penguins, otters, frogs, turtles, seals, and thousands of fish, jellyfish, and other aquatic animals. They have 11 different exhibits you can visit: 

  • B.C.’s Wild Coast Exhibit
  • Canada’s Arctic
  • Frogs Forever?
  • Graham Amazon Gallery
  • Pacific Canada Pavilion
  • Penguin Point
  • Steller’s Bay
  • The Tropics
  • Treasures Of The BC Coast
  • Wondrous Jellies 
  • Wet Lab

You can check out specific details of these exhibits here

Aside from the different exhibits, you can also check out their other attractions: 

The 4D Theatre Experience®15 minute 4D filmFREE with admission
Touch PoolsGet to touch animals from British Columbia’s tidepools. FREE with admission
Clownfish CoveAnimal rescue centre, seaside dock with “underwater” tunnels to explore, touch table and reading nooFREE with admission

10. Assiniboine Park Zoo

Assiniboine Park Zoo Homepage
ADDRESS1300 Water Street North, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada
OPERATING HOURSZoo: Monday to Sunday (9:00 AM - 4:00 PM)

Park: Open 24 hours

CONTACT DETAILS+1 204-927-6000

Web Rates

Child (3-17): $12.65

Students (with valid ID): $19.55

Adults (18-59): $22.50

Seniors (60+): $19.55

On-site Rates

Child (3-17): $13.25

Students (with valid ID): $20.50

Adults (18-59): $23.50

Seniors (60+): $20.50

ZOO MAPAssiniboine Park Zoo

On September 24, the Assiniboine Park Zoo became one of only five Canadian zoos to be accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

Assiniboine Park Zoo divides their sections into different experiences:

  • Journey to Churchill – This is an award-winning exhibit with one of the most complete collections of northern species in the world. It has an interactive display to make visitors learn about biodiversity, climate change, and conservation.
  • It also features an underwater viewing tunnel known as the Sea Ice Passage that gives an opportunity to view polar bears and seals swimming below the surface of water.
  • Animals you’ll see here include polar bears, snowy owls, Arctic fox, muskox, reindeers, and harbor seals. 
  • Aunt Sally’s Farm –  This is a modern farm that encourages play and teaches about the standards for animal welfare and care.
  • It has parallel playgrounds where children can play alongside the goats. 
  • It has bridges with platforms so that goats can climb overhead. 
  • You can wish at the wishing well from the original farm. 
  • Animals: Nubian goat, Kiko goat, pygmy goat, Sardinian miniature donkey, American miniature horse, llama, Vietnamese pot-bellied pig
  • Toucan Ridge – This is a tropical oasis with a lot of plants and animals from South and Central America. It is an indoor exhibit that features lush vegetation and a collection of birds, mammals, amphibians, and reptiles. 
  • Animals here include:
    • Mammals such as Seba’s short-tailed bat, Indian fruit bat, Patagonian mara, common squirrel monkey, Geoldi’s monkey, cotton-top tamarin, ocelot, and red panda 
  • Birds such as suplur-crested cockatoo, sun conure, golden eagle, blue-throated piping guan, scarlet ibis, and monk parakeet
  • Reptiles and amphibians such as snakes, turtles, frogs, tortoises, and chameleons
  • Kinsmen Discovery Centre – This is a place where people of all ages can be one with nature. 
  • Animals include:
    • Fish, crustaceans, and insects such as anemone, corals, crabs, shrimp, snails, catfish, and clownfish 
    • Reptiles and amphibians such as White’s tree frog, New Caledonia bumpy gecko, Geyr’s spiny-tailed lizard, Solomon Island skink, Indian star tortoise
    • Mammals such as prehensile-tailed porcupine, Prevost’s squirrel, slender-tailed meerkat, greater spear-nosed bat, woylie
  • Animals of Asia – which is a section that has a collection of rare and exotic animal species.
    • Animals include:
      • Mammals such as domestic Bactrian camel, Sichuan takin, reindeer, domestic yak, Turkmenistan markhor, white-handed gibbon, snow leopard, Amur tiger
  • Birds such as Stellar’s sea eagle, emu
  • McFeetors Heavy Horse Centre – covers 4.7 acres which houses the majestic Percheron horses and Belgian draft horse. 
  • Grasslands and Boreal Forest – features a lot of animals native to North America. This section is an important haven for those that inhabit the canopies, lakes, and wetlands. 
  • Animals include:
  • Mammals such as American bison, American elk, Stone’s sheep, Turkmenistan markhor, cougar, Canadian lynx, grey wolf, red fox, rocky mountain bighorn sheep, striped skunk
  • Birds such as American white pelican, snow goose, greater white-fronted goose, sandhill crane, snowy owl, burrowing owl, red-tailed hawk
  • Open range –  is at the center of the zoo which has a collection of animals from around the world.
    • Animals include:
      • Mammals such as red kangaroo, common wallaroo, pronghorn, llama, and Japanese serow
      • Birds such as Demoiselle crane, common peafowl, and wild turkey
  • Shirley Richardson Butterfly Garden is currently closed for the season. However, from late spring to early fall, visitors can experience the spectacular world of butterflies. 

11. Jungle Cat World Wildlife Park

Jungle Cat World Wildlife Park Homepage
ADDRESS3667 Concession Rd 6, Orono, ON L0B 1M0, Canada
OPERATING HOURS Monday-Sunday (10 AM-5 PM) 
CONTACT DETAILS+1 905-983-5016


Adult- $20.00

Teens/Seniors- $15.00

Children- $10.00


Adult- $16.00

Teens/Seniors- $12.00

Children- $8.00


Family- $150.00

Individual- $50.00


Jungle Cat World was established in 1983 and was formerly known as “Orono Exotic Cat World”. This wildlife park is located in Orono and is home to over 150 animals. 

In this park, you’ll get to see animals such as: 

  • Gray wolf 
  • Amur tiger
  • Red fox
  • Ring-tailed Lemur
  • Cougar 
  • Spider monkey 
  • Lion 
  • Snow leopard 

There are also free-roaming animals that you can interact with. Just make sure that you respect them and treat them nicely! 

Aside from getting to see different animals, this zoo also has a comfy BNB and a campsite. They have three different rooms that cost around $200-$300 per night depending on the kind of room. 

They also have the following activities: 

Behind the ScenesClose and personal experience with professionals and animals$100
Zoo CampCamping for different age groups$1,200.00 + 13% taxper camper/session
Night Safari Overnight program for groups $75

12. Elmvale Jungle Zoo

Elmvale Jungle Zoo Homepage
ADDRESS14191 Simcoe County Rd 27, Phelpston, ON L0L 2K0, Canada
OPERATING HOURSOpen (May 21st through September 25th) Monday-Sunday (9:30 AM-5:00 PM)
CONTACT DETAILS+1 705-322-1112
ADMISSION TICKET COST Children (3-12): $15.95

Adults (13-59): $22.95

Seniors (60+): $20.95

Elmvale Jungle Zoo started with just 2 acres and exhibited mainly reptiles and birds. 


Although Elmvale Jungle Zoo started with only 2 acres of land, it has expanded to over 30 acres and now includes 300 animals from around the world. It doesn’t only provide animal viewing but also interactive displays.

You can feed the giraffes, alpacas, monkeys, and lemurs inside the zoo, which is an interesting experience. They provide the food, however. 

You can’t bring your own food to feed them! 

You’ll also be able to see the following animals in this zoo:

  • Tigers
  • Flamingos
  • Gibbons
  • Lemurs
  • Zebras
  • Red Kangaroo
  • Ducks
  • Mandrill
  • Giraffes
  • Brown owls
  • Red macaw
  • Cape porcupines
  • White lions
  • Peacock

13. Reptilia Vaughan

Reptilia Vaughan Homepage
ADDRESS2501 Rutherford Rd, Concord, ON L4K 2N6, Canada
OPERATING HOURSMonday-Sunday (10:00 AM - 6:00 PM)

Holidays (10:00 AM - 4:00 PM)

CONTACT DETAILS+1 778-655-9554

Adult (13-64): $19

Senior: (65+): $16


Reptilia’s Reptile Kingdoms are Canada’s largest indoor reptile facility.


The Reptilia Vaughan is a fully-indoor zoo that is capable of accommodating any size group at any time except on Christmas Day. 

Aside from different species of reptiles, they have colorful amphibians and arachnids as well. 

They offer services for kids to celebrate a unique birthday party experience. They can go to your location together with their professional hosts and safe residents. 

Also, Reptilia includes a very special gift for the birthday child, which would be memorable! 

These are the different packages: 

Geckofor up to 10 guests$199
Turtlefor up to 20 guests$299
Iguanafor up to 30 guests$399
Gila Monsterfor up to 40 guests$499

They also have options to upgrade by including more animals, and add-ons such as loot bags and balloons.

Reptilia also offers its space if you want to celebrate your formal events there. Their brochure for this can be found here.

BONUS: They also offer free parking all year round. 

14. Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada Homepage
ADDRESS288 Bremner Boulevard

Toronto, ON M5V 3L9, Canada

OPERATING HOURS Monday-Sunday (10:00 AM - 8:00 PM) 
CONTACT DETAILS+1 647-351-3474

Timed tickets

Child (3-5): $12.50

Youth (6-13): $29

Adult(14-64): $44

Senior (65+): $29

Annual passes

Child (3-5): $30

Youth (6-13): $75

Adult(14-64): $100

Senior (65+): $75


Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada also offers virtual experiences wherein you could have a virtual tour and virtual field trip.


The aquarium has 5.7 million liters of water and has a collection of marine and freshwater animals from all over the world. It is divided into ten galleries:

  • The Canadian Waters exhibit showcases animals from the waters surrounding Canada such as alewife, American lobster, giant Pacific octopus, and more. 
  • The Rainbow Reef exhibit features animals from the Indo-Pacific waters which is the reason for their namesake. It has colorful fish such as Picasso triggerfish, emperor angelfish, unicorn surgeonfish, etc.
  • The Dangerous Lagoon is a tunnel with a moving floor which has animals such as sand tiger shark, roughtail stingray, long comb sawfish, etc. 
  • The Discovery Centre has hands-on activities for visitors such as a research submarine, underwater viewing areas, and a touch exhibit.
  • The Gallery exhibit features the most delicate animals from all around the world such as archerfish, seahorses, and eels.
  • The Ray Bay focuses on three species of stingrays and you can even see the divers feeding them during their dive shows.
  • The Life Support System lets the visitors take a peek beyond the curtains and look at the aquarium’s life support room.

Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada also provides discounted rates for group reservations of 10+ guests:

  • Child (3-5): $11.05
  • Youth (6-13)/Senior (65+): $22.10
  • Students: $28.90
  • Adult (14-64): $33.15

You can even celebrate your birthday party here for a price of $500. You’ll get to enjoy it for up to 24 guests (including adults and children) and 90 minutes in a private party room.

An educator would also tour you and teach you some hands-on activities. Lastly, every child that would attend your party will be able to have a loot bag!

Aside from the different exhibits, you can also check out their other attractions: 

Dive showsSee divers feed and swim with marine lifeFREE with admission
Aquarist talksA chance to meet and talk with the husbandry team.FREE with admission
Virtual Field TripsA 45-minute educational hosting to feature the animals in the aquarium. They also provide activities such as crafts, experiments, etc to supplement your class’ learning$99 for up to 30 students
$225 for 3 classes (maximum of 200 students)
Jazz NightHappens every second Friday of the month wherein a live band will play songs while you drink your beverage of choiceChild (3-5): $12.50
Youth (6-13): $29.00
Adult (14-64): $44.00
Senior (65+): $29.00

15. Killman Zoo

Killman Zoo Homepage
ADDRESS237 Unity Side Rd E, Caledonia, ON N3W 2H7, Canada
OPERATING HOURSWeekdays (11:00 AM - 5:00 PM)

Weekends (10:00 AM - 5:00 PM)

CONTACT DETAILS+1 905-765-5966

Youth (12-15): $20

Adult(16-64): $22

Senior (65+): $20

Family of 4 (2 adults + 2 children): $65

The Killman family that operates the zoo descended from the Seneca, Onondaga, and Mohawk tribes of the Canadian First Nations.


Killman Zoo’s animals are divided into different species:

  • Canines such as timber wolves, coyotes, and foxes
  • Birds such as peacocks, kestrels, eagle owls, bald eagles, hawks, and horned owls
  • Big felines such as jaguars, cougars, and tigers
  • Small cats such as bobcats, servals, and lynxes
  • Primates such as snow monkeys, baboons and lemurs

The Killman Zoo is also home to one of the largest lion families which they call The Pride. Everyone who is a part of the pride is an African lion. 

They’ve recently added two new additions to the pride which are two white lions. Sometimes the whole pride roars throughout the zoo, so be prepared to experience that rare event!

The zoo offers free parking all throughout your stay. They also rent out wagons and single strollers, although you are welcome to bring your wagons and strollers.

Why not celebrate in the Killman Zoo together with the big cats? You can enjoy your special day at the zoo with your own private picnic area and even experience additional program packages such as:

  • Big Kitty Crunch Time which demonstrates feeding meat to the big cats. Because this event is graphic, they recommend this for older age groups.
  • Show and Tell is an event recommended for younger age groups that will introduce them to facts and even touch animal furs, porcupine quills, antlers, and other animal textures.
  • Fruit n Go is an event wherein you’ll join the keepers to feed the animals that eat fruits in the Killman Zoo. 

They encourage advanced booking for group gatherings in order to make your special day extra special.

FAQs About Zoos 

This concludes our guide on the best zoos in Canada. We hope we were able to help you identify which one you’re going to next! 

Did we miss out on any good zoos? Let us know!