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Northern Explorer Month | February 1 – 28

On fee and the month is FREE! Starting February 1, visitors can pay one regular admission fee and return to the Zoo for FREE as often as they want during the month of February. We have also planned a variety of family-friendly event and activities for visitors to enjoy all month long!

Featured Events

Festival du Voyageur Day at the Zoo | Saturday February 4 | 10 am – 2 pm
All activities take place in the NEW Winter Adventureland outdoor play area.
•  Bring your camera and pose for a photo with official Voyageurs and Leo, the Festival du Voyageur mascot (12 pm – 2 pm).
•  Participate in Voyageur Games and enjoy a sweet Festival du Voyageur treat at the maple taffy station.
•  Collect a coupon for 10% off regular priced admission to Festival du Voyageur.

Louis Riel Day at the Zoo | Monday, February 20
Meet players from the Manitoba Moose hockey team when they make a special appearance at the Zoo. The players will present Assiniboine Park Zoo with this year's polar bear jersey at 2:00 pm in Gateway to the Arctic.

Visitors can meet their favourite Moose players from 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm throughout the Journey to Churchill exhibit. And there's more! Participate in a scavenger hunts and trivia games to win prizes and take part in a floor hockey shootout with Moose players in the Polar Playground.

International Polar Bear Day Celebrations | Saturday, February 25 & Sunday, February 26
•  Breakfast with the Bears – enjoy breakfast at the Tundra Grill located overlooking the Zoo’s largest polar bear habitat (Saturday & Sunday at 10 am) $
•  Conservation and Zoo Bear Trek – join one of our Educators as they share the stories about our bears as well as conservation strategies. These FREE 45 minute tours begin at the Gateway to the Arctic building and go through parts of Journey to Churchill. (Saturday & Sunday 11 am & 1 pm)
•  Check out bio-fact tables and an interactive art installation by Kal Barteski at the Gateway to the Arctic building.

And there’s more!

Playtime in the Arctic | every Saturday and Sunday
Learning is so “Cool” at the Gateway to the Arctic building!
•  Animal Encounters with polar bears and seals (11 am & 2 pm)
•  Crafts and hands on bio-fact tables (1 pm – 3 pm)
•  Storytelling (1:30 pm)

Northern Explorer Expedition
Pick up your activity map at the Zoo entrance and check out eight of the coolest spots around the Zoo. Submit your checklist to Wild Things Unique Gifts located at the Zoo entrance and collect your Northern Explorer prize!

Heavy Horse Wagon Rides
Take a horse-drawn wagon ride from the McFeetors Heavy Horse Centre. Longer rides into the Park are offered weekdays at 1 pm. Shorter rides within the McFeetors Heavy Horse Centre exhibit are offered on weekends from 1pm to 3 pm. Click here for more information.

Support the Polar Bear Rescue Team!
In February, supporting our polar bear rescue and conservation efforts and the continued care of these incredible animals is as easy as 1, 2, 3!
1. Add $2 to any purchase in our restaurants and/or Zoo gift shops.
2. Purchase a Sunshine Lollipops & Rainbows chocolate polar bear sucker or reusable Assiniboine Park Zoo bag at our Zoo gift shops.
3. Try our Candied Polar Bear Popcorn at the Tundra Grill. 50% of the proceeds will go to the Polar Bear Rescue Team

Plus Winston the polar bear mascot will be making appearances every weekend at the Zoo entrance!

percheron horse with keeper

Weekend Keeper Talks | October 2016 to March 2017

Fall and winter  are great season to get outdoors and learn about your favourite Zoo animals from the people who care for them. Join us for our new Weekend Keeper Talks, running every Saturday and Sunday from October to March.
Each month has a new theme!

Keeper Talks will be held every Saturday and Sunday at 11 am and 2 pm.
snow leopard
October - Snow Leopard Enclosure
Exciting world of snow leopards in honour of International Snow Leopard Day!
cotton top tamarin
November - Toucan Ridge
Jungle fun with plants and animals from South and Central America.
percheron horse
December - McFeetors Heavy Horse Centre
Join us for a keeper talk at 11 am and carriage rides from 1 pm - 3 pm.
January - Kinsmen Discovery Centre
Cool and creepy January with amphibians, fish, birds and more!

polar bear
February - Journey to Churchill
Northern Explorer Month with Arctic species.

March - Camel + Tiger Enclosures
Asian expedition with camels and tigers.