Churchill hogs Canada’s polar bear glory, although not everyone has time or financial resources to hop aboard a tundra buggy. Enter the continent’s most comprehensive Arctic species exhibit to connect with the great animals of the north, including wolves, snowy owls, Arctic fox, moose, cougars, elk, caribou and of course, polar bears. Residing along a scenic walkway called The Journey to Churchill, the animals in Assiniboine Park Zoo live in large enclosures and stop visitors in their tracks.
Length of Trip : Full Day
Best time to go : Open year-round
Wheelchair friendly : Yes
Family friendly : Yes
Where to eat :
The Tundra Grill is located on-site, overlooking the polar bear enclosure.
Official Site :
Assiniboine Park: http://www.assiniboinepark.ca
Getting There :
Assiniboine Park is centrally located just minutes from downtown Winnipeg. Parking is free, with large lots located alongside the Nature Playground, Garden and Zoo.
Note from Robin :
The Journey to Churchill exhibit introduces you to the animals and landscape of the Arctic. The Zoo is an international conservation centre, and research is integral to the exhibit. $94 million was spent on the exhibit, but the looks of people standing in the Sea Ice Passage as polar bears swim above their heads is priceless.
The Assiniboine Park Conservancy is a 283-acre urban woodland that includes lovely gardens, a Conservatory, the zoo, art exhibits, a nature playground, steam train and an outdoor theatre.