The magic of Canada's north has arrived into the heart of the nation with the opening of the 'Journey to Churchill' exhibit at the Assiniboine Park Zoo.
Located in scenic Assiniboine Park, the Zoo is spread over 80 acres and has been a favourite destination for families, tourists, school groups, and animal lovers for over a hundred years.
Opened in mid 2014, the 10-acre arctic exhibit 'Journey to Churchill' caught attention the world over with its innovative design and stimulating environment for the animals.
The most complete exhibit of northern species ever to be undertaken in North America has an interactive display related to modern issues such as climate change. The 'Journey to Churchill' exhibit is home to muskoxen, Arctic fox, wolves and popular for many visitors – polar bears.
The Gateway to the Arctic viewing point for polar bears and seals is a definite highlight. Interpretive displays helps visitors learn about life on and under the sea ice, and underwater tunnels gives you the rare opportunity to view these fascinating animals swimming via an underground cave taking you into the polar bears natural environment.
With only a clear wall bisecting the two species habitats, the polar bears and seals can see and smell each other, creating a dynamic and enriching environment.
Other attractions include the Butterfly garden, and it wouldn’t be a zoo without Tigers and Lions. In fact there are over 200 species in total on show at Assiniboine Park zoo, with total animal numbers over 1,500. New exhibits are always in the works, but original exhibits, like the 35-year-old Bald Eagle sanctuary, continue to fascinate.