Assiniboine Park Attractions
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.
The Nature Playground is located just west of the Assiniboine Park Pavilion and south of the Duck Pond. Click here for current hours of operation.
Adventure Awaits Down the Garden Path
From your first steps down the tree-lined path toward the Nature Playground, you will be transported into a world of wonder that encourages children of all ages to run, jump, climb and explore!
Explore the sand and water play area, slithering slides, a sky-high crow’s nest, willow tree tunnels, basket swings, a giant robin’s nest, colourful rubber mountains, net bridges, and the Streuber Children's Garden inspired by the classic childhood board game of Snakes and Ladders. These unique features blend with the area’s natural surroundings, which include two acres of trees, gardens, and gently rolling hills.
Natural materials have been used wherever possible, from a larger-than-life robin’s nest constructed of reclaimed, naturally-felled oak to a troupe of topiary frog musicians and a living checker-board guarded by a giant wooden serpent.
Nature Playground Picnic Shelter
The Picnic Shelter is available for the enjoyment of all visitors on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no cooking allowed under the shelter. Cooking is allowed in the fire pits located in the Hummocks area just beyond the shelter. When using the shelter, we ask that large groups only take one table, so there is room for as many visitors as possible. If you have a large group and want to be assured of a designated spot for your gathering, we suggest you reserve a picnic site in the Park.
Winnie the Bear Statue
Formerly located in the Assiniboine Park Zoo, the well-known statue of Lt. Harry Colebourn and Winnie the Bear now has a new home inside the Nature Playground at Assiniboine Park.
Originally unveiled on August 6, 1992, the bronze statue and plaque was donated by the Kinsmen Club of Winnipeg. Crafted by artist William Epp, the piece was created as a way to permanently commemorate the story of Lt. Colebourn and Winnie the Bear, the forerunner for the children’s storybook character, Winnie the Pooh.
On August 24th, 1914, while en route overseas during World War I, Lieutenant Harry Colebourn, V.S., of the 34th Fort Garry Horse Regiment of Manitoba, purchased a black Canadian bear cub at White River, Ontario. He named her Winnie after Winnipeg, his hometown. The bear became the pet of the soldiers. While Lieutenant Colebourn served in France, she was left in the care of the London Zoo. In 1919, he gave her to the London Zoo where she was visited and loved by many, including the author A.A. Milne and his son Christopher. In 1926, A.A. Milne gave the fictional character Winnie-The-Pooh, named after Lieutenant Colebourn's bear, to Christopher Robin and his friends for posterity. Winnie died at the London Zoo on May 12, 1934.
Winnie The Bear by sculptor William Epp, was dedicated to the children of the world on August 6, 1992.
Nature Playground Rules
For the safety and enjoyment of the children, and all our visitors, the following rules apply in the Nature Playground:
Thank you for helping us keep the Playground a safe and fun place to play!
Winter at the Nature Playground
Parts of the Nature Playground are designed for year-round enjoyment. In winter, the hummocks, an open green space dotted with rolling hills next to the Playground area, becomes a great space for playing in the snow. The basket swings remain open as well, and when the snow arrives, the toboggan hill offers endless thrills.
For safety reasons, some structures and areas of the Nature Playground are closed and will not be accessible during winter months. The Sand & Water Play Area is now closed for the season as well as the washroom facilities located at the Playground. Visitors are encouraged to use the washroom facilities at the Duck Pond shelter or the Pavilion.