Assiniboine Park and Assiniboine Park Zoo are open year-round.
There are no admission fees for Assiniboine Park, the Assiniboine Park Conservatory, or the Pavilion Gallery Museum.
In June 2009, the Assiniboine Park Conservancy unveiled a comprehensive $200 million redevelopment plan for Assiniboine Park & Zoo that will be completed over 10 years in three distinct phases. Watch our Imagine a Place video to learn more about the magical transformation that is now underway at Assiniboine Park!
Phase 1 of the redevelopment plan, aptly named Heart of the Park, included the Nature Playground, expanded Duck Pond, and Qualico Family Centre. These improvements have been welcomed by Park visitors and are now valued parts of the Assiniboine Park experience.
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Phase II of the redevelopment plan consists of a dramatic transformation of the Assiniboine Park Zoo, with significant renovations, new exhibits, enhanced facilities for visitors, and a more visible and active contribution to environmental and wildlife education, research, and conservation in Manitoba. This phase is in progress with some projects already complete and others in various stages of planning and construction.
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The new Assiniboine Park Zoo will celebrate the unique beauty and history of our city and province. The main focus of the Zoo will be on native species and the recreation and celebration of Manitoba wildlife, geography, and culture.
The orientation of the Zoo has changed with public entry through an inviting new complex off of Roblin Avenue making the Zoo more easily accessible and reducing vehicular traffic in the Park.
The International Polar Bear Conservation Centre (IPBCC) houses research, education, and interpretive programs about the Arctic environment and polar bear conservation. The Centre also houses a rescue and transition program for orphaned and at-risk polar bears.
The acclaimed Journey to Churchill exhibit opened in July 2014 and has set the standard for future redevelopment at the Zoo. The expansive exhibit is home to polar bears, muskoxen, caribou and other northern species. Visitors are treated to a variety of exciting indoor and outdoor viewing experiences including underwater viewing tunnels that offer the unique opportunity to watch polar bears and seals as they swim.
In the summer of 2015, Zoo visitors will be able to step back in time to the days when heavy “horse-power” was relied on by pioneer-era industries such as agriculture, forestry, mining, and road construction. The McFeetors Heavy Horse Centre will include a barn, pastures, paddocks, and a carriage shed. Visitors will also have the opportunity to enjoy wagon rides in summer and sleigh rides in winter.
Phase III will see the development of the new Assiniboine Park Conservatory to be situated in the south east corner of the Park near the Formal Gardens.
A newly constructed Conservatory will be a signature piece of architecture for the city. It will house a world of plants that tell the story of how living ecosystems sustain our health and well-being. There will be four distinct areas in the Conservatory.
The Rainforest of tropical plants will feature rocks and waterfalls, and will allow visitors to experience the areas from the ground, as well as an elevated level. The Mediterranean will tell the story of plant adaptation, housing warm temperate and desert and dry region plants and crops.
The Floral Display Glass House will be used for changing exhibits that highlight a geographic region, ethnic or regional event, holiday or celebration, and seasonal displays of flowering plants. A small teahouse will be integrated into this area. A unique event space designed to accommodate up to 400 people and serve multiple purposes such as wedding ceremonies, company Christmas parties, business meetings, conferences, and workshops will also be integrated in the Conservatory.
As part of the redevelopment, the Park will also develop major walkways linking key attractions and areas, while emphasizing pedestrian routes. It will be easy to move from the parking lot to footpaths, which will be landscaped with trees, shrubs, and flowers in keeping with the Park’s overall appearance. The existing network of pedestrian and cyclist pathways, trails, and monkey trails will be enhanced and throughout the path system there will be dedicated areas for entertainment, casual buskers, food services, and displays. There will also be enhanced parking, with a greater number of parking spots located closer to the exhibits.