Journey To Churchill: discover the magic of the north in the heart of the continent
Go deep into the heart of Manitoba’s North – without leaving the city of Winnipeg! Join us for an exclusive tour of the Journey to Churchill exhibit at the Assiniboine Park Zoo, one of the world’s best Arctic zoo exhibits. This immersive experience offers travellers a convenient and comfortable opportunity to discover the wildlife, geography and culture of Manitoba’s majestic North and visit one of Winnipeg’s must-see attractions. It is ideal for large and small groups and those with limited time.
Your journey starts with a tour of the 10-acre exhibit, where you’ll get unobstructed views of a variety of northern species, including one of Canada’s most iconic animals – the polar bear. Then, join a member of the animal care team to learn about the care of our Arctic species including polar bears, muskoxen and snowy owls. You’ll visit the Sea Ice Passage underwater viewing tunnels where polar bears can be found swimming and playing in the water overhead.
During your tour, you’ll wander across authentic landscapes, from forests, tundra and ice, as you come face to face with the exhibit’s other animals: caribou, muskoxen, snowy owls, arctic fox, wolves and seals. Gaze at the northern lights dancing in colourful ribbons above you in the Aurora Borealis Theatre, Manitoba’s largest 360-degree domed theatre. You’ll feel as if you’re standing in the vast expanse of the Arctic while you watch the Arctic’s seasonal beauty unfold during a feature eight-minute film Rhythms of the North and learn about the people and animals that live in Canada’s North.
Next, get an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the laboratories of the Leatherdale International Polar Bear Conservation Centre (LIPBCC), the only facility of its kind in Canada. Here you’ll learn about the importance of polar bear research and how the work being done in zoos around the world is impacting wildlife conservation and environmental protection. The Centre is also a rescue and transition centre for polar bear cubs that have no hope for survival on their own in the wild.
The final portion of the tour takes you through the Churchill Coast and town site, inspired by the town of Churchill, Manitoba. Here, you will be transported to the northern frontier and discover how humans co-exist with polar bears and other northern wildlife. You’ll take home a Journey to Churchill souvenir along with the thrill of seeing and understanding the animals of Manitoba’s North.
- Refreshments, licensed beverages and/or full-catered meals
- 30-minute Zoo tour extension to glimpse the rest of Assiniboine Park Zoo’s wild residents and exhibits
- Motorized scooters upon request (based on availability)
- Tour length - 90 minutes
- Minimum group size - 6 participants
- Available year-round
- Cost - $81.43 +GST/person (includes guided Zoo tour and Zoo admission)
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