Canada Day at the Zoo

Celebrate Canada's 150th Birthday at the Zoo | July 1 - 3

We're kicking off the first weekend of summer with three days of fun activities in celebration of Canada's 150th birthday. The first 150 people in the Zoo each day will receive a FREE polar bear token! And there's more ...

Visit our Canada Day Photo Op Station | Daily 11 am - 1 pm
Stop by the Kinsmen Discover Centre Barn and pose for a Canada Day photo with...
• Winston, our polar bear mascot (Saturday & Sunday)
• Courtney Mandock, Miss Manitoba World (Sunday & Monday)
• Lionel the Boston Pizza mascot and the BP Street Team (Saturday, Sunday & Monday)

Oh Canada Keeper Talks | Daily (see schedule below)

Learn about our animals from the people who know them best! We'll be presenting our Canadian creatures (lynx, polar bears, seals and pelicans) with some special enrichment gifts. Scroll down the page for the full Keeper Talk schedule.

Learn More with Parks Canada | Monday 9:30 am - 3 pm
Visit the Parks Canada Green Screen Photo Booth and picture yourself at one of Canada’s National Parks. Stop by the "Parks Canada and the Three Bears" table to find out which bears call a National Park in Manitoba “just right ”. 

And there's more...
• Face painting at the Parks Canada oTENTik (daily 11 am - 1 pm)
• Canada Day crafts in Gateway to the Arctic (daily 11 am - 1 pm)
• Write a birthday message to Canada on our giant chalk wall
• Stop by Wild Things Unique Gifts and check out our great selection of Canadiana souvenirs

Regular Zoo admission applies.

zookeeper with bird
little girl petting horse


Learn about our animals from the people who know them best! Starting May 20, we are offering a full schedule of 14 daily keeper talks. Each month, the talks will explore a different conservation theme.


10:00 am | Learn about our butterflies (Shirley Richardson Butterfly Garden)  - starting June 22
10:30 am | Spotlight on Leopards (snow leopard enclosure, Asia)
10:30 am | Tropical Adventure (Toucan Ridge)
11:00 am | Red Fox Talk (Grasslands & Boreal Forest)
11:00 am | Burrowing Owl Project (Grasslands & Boreal Forest)
11:30 am | Our Polar Bears (Journey to Churchill, Positive Reinforcement Training Station)
12:50 pm | Hitching up the Horses (McFeetors Heavy Horse Centre)
1:00 pm | In the Company of Camels (camel enclosure, Asia)
1:30 pm | Chilling with the Snowy Owls (Journey to Churchill)
2:00 pm | Discovery Experience (Kinsmen Discovery Centre)
2:00 pm | Tropical Adventure (Toucan Ridge)
2:30 pm | Hanging with the Gibbons (Gibbon Pavilion, animals of Asia)
3:00 pm | Learn about our butterflies (Shirley Richardson Butterfly Garden)  - starting June 22
3:30 pm | Pelican Feeding (Pelican Pond, near Toucan Ridge)

Wagon Rides at the McFeetors Heavy Horse Centre
Daily from 10:30 am - 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Tickets are $3/person and can be purchased from a kiosk at the Heavy Horse barn.

Kinsmen Discovery Barn
A zookeeper will be available all day to answer your questions!

Parks Canada
Parks Canada - Wapusk interpreters

Learn More with Parks Canada at the Zoo | JULY & AUGUST

Visit the Parks Canada outreach education team at the Assiniboine Park Zoo throughout July and August and try out wildlife games, quizzes and activities from Manitoba's two national parks.

Wapusk National Park protects one of the earth’s largest polar bear denning areas, and is home to the Cape Churchill Caribou Herd. This park, on the shores of Hudson Bay in northern Manitoba, is an important natural laboratory, attracting researchers from around the world.

Riding Mountain National Park, located about a 3-hour drive west of Winnipeg, is a great destination for viewing wildlife and an important ecological sanctuary for many of the forest and grassland species found at the Assiniboine Park Zoo.

  • MONDAYS | 9:30 AM TO 4:30 PM
  • TUESDAYS | 11:30 AM TO 3:00 PM
  • WEDNESDAYS | 9:30 PM TO 4:30 PM
  • THURSDAYS | 9:30 AM TO 4:30 PM
  • FRIDAYS | 9:30 AM TO 4:30 PM
  • SATURDAYS | 9:30 AM TO 4:30 PM
  • SUNDAYS | 9:00 AM TO 4:30 PM