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 Assiniboine Park Zoo of tomorrow will keep what is good from the old Zoo and create something dramatically new and exciting. While the uncluttered, park-like atmosphere of the Zoo will remain, the visiting public will be treated to natural habitats focusing on distinct geographical areas including the boreal forest, the Arctic, our prairie home, and the vast area of Asia.
The orientation of the Zoo will change so that public entry will be through an inviting new complex off of Roblin Avenue. This will make the Zoo more easily accessible and reduce vehicular traffic in the centre of the Park.
The Kinsmen Discovery Centre will form a part of this education campus and host a walk-through animal contact area.
The International Polar Bear Conservation Centre (IPBCC) houses research, education, and interpretive programs about the Arctic environment and polar bear conservation. The Centre will house a rescue and transition program for orphaned and at-risk polar bears, insuring that these precious animals are conditioned to our care and that their final home is committed to their long-term well-being.
The acclaimed Journey to Churchill exhibit will be home to muskoxen and caribou, Arctic fox, and snowy owls that surround a world class polar bear exhibit including inside, underwater viewing and a range of other viewing opportunities.
Our primates and some new species will be housed in an expansive and very comfortable and entertaining new home that will feature many rare and endangered species from Asia, including leopards, red pandas, otters, reptiles, and birds.
New to the Zoo will be a heavy horse barn and paddocks. These large draft horses will be harness trained and will be used to draw wagons and sleighs for alternate transportation within the Park and for special events. The barns will be open to the public and people will have the opportunity to watch as the animals are cared for, trained, and worked.
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.