Top 10 Zoos in Canada

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1. Toronto Zoo - Toronto, Ontario
The Toronto Zoo has been one of the top attractions in Ontario for many years. The Toronto Zoo is set in the beautiful Rouge Valley and features over 5,000 animals representing over 460 different species. Each year, over 1.2 million visitors spend a day walking over 10km (6mi) of trails in one of the largest zoos in the world (710 acres). - Read More

2. Granby Zoo - Granby, Quebec
With a collection of over 1,000 animals from over 200 species, the Granby Zoo is large. Every single year, over 500,000 visitors pass through the entrance gates at Granby Zoo to explore it's wonderful aniamls and exciting exhibits. Spanning over 60 acres, the zoo grounds provide separate areas based on the geographic homes of their inhabitants: Africa, America, Asia, Ocenia and the Village. - Read More

3. Calgary Zoo - Calgary, Alberta
The Calgary Zoo was established in 1929 and is currently the second largest zoo in Canada. A world-class facility, the Calgary Zoo is focused on education and conservation efforts in relation to the world's wildlife. The zoo's exhibits are divided by continent to best represent the global regions in which they habitate. - Read More

4. Magnetic Hill Zoo - Moncton, New Brunswick
Right next to the famous Magnetic Hill and the Magic Mountain Water Park, The Magnetic Hill Zoo is the largest in Atlantic Canada. Home to over 400 animals, the Magnetic Hill Zoo is dedicated to protection of animal species and raising public awareness about the environment and animal habitat. The animals on display to visitors include Black Bears, Arctic Wolves, African Lions, Jaguars, Zebras, Baboons, Lemurs, Burmese Pythons, Squirrel Monkeys, Tarantulas, and much more. - Read More

5. Edmonton Valley Zoo - Edmonton, Alberta
Located in the heart of Edmonton, the Edmonton Valley Zoo is home to over 350 exotic and native animals from over 100 species. The Valley Zoo is organized into several smaller regions that try to replicate the natural habitat for the variety of animals. The Inner Zoo, Carnivore Alley, Makira Outpost, Saito Center, the Elephant House, Birds of Prey, Back Paddocks, and the African Veldt. - Read More

6. Greater Vancouver Zoo
- Aldergrove, British Columbia
The Greater Vancouver Zoo started to become what it is today back in 1999 after a lengthly past spanning over 40 years. Although it's history was that of a game farm, the Greater Vancouver Zoo now focuses it's efforts on conservation and is actively involved in several wildlife recovery programs. One such program is the Oregon Spotted Frog Recovery Program which has shown considerable success. - Read More

7. Assiniboine Park Zoo - Winnipeg, Manitoba
The Assiniboine Park Zoo is contained within Assiniboine Park in Winnipeg. This highly regarded zoo spans over 90 acres and offers visitors enounters with over 1200 animals from 275 different species. One of the largest zoos in Canada, the Assiniboine Park Zoo attractions include a Discovery Center, a petting zoo, and an indoor learning park. - Read More

8. Bowmanville Zoo - Bowmanville, Ontario
Bowmanville Zoo is Canada's oldest privately owned zoo with 42 scenic acres of untamed, natural parkland. Children will get the opportunity to ride an elephant or camel, feed wildlife, and see animals which have appeared in movies, TV shows, and in commercials.  Visit the Animal's Splash Bash for a chance to get wet and cool down. - Read More

9. BC Wildlife Park - Kamloops, British Columbia
The BC Wildlife Park is a zoo located in Kamloops, British Columbia. The largest breeding facility for burrowing owls in North America, the BC Wildlife Park plays an important role in educating the public about the variety of wildlife found throughout British Columbia. The Park features over 65 species of wildlife on a 50 hectare site. - Read More

10. Cherry Brook Zoo - Saint John, New Brunswick
The Cherry Brook Zoo is the first accredited zoo in the Atlantic Canada dealing only in exotic and endangered-animal species.  The zoo is a registered non-profit charitable organization and maintains strict Accreditation Standards as outlined by the Canadian Association of Zoos and Aquariums (CAZA). The zoo houses over 38 species and over 100 animals and has exact replicas of extinct birds and animals that can be viewed in a natural setting.  - Read More


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I don't think the Greater Vancouver Zoo should even be on the list, given it's lengthy list of controversies.

Instead, I think Mountain View Conservation and Breeding Center should be on the list. Located in Fort Langley, one exit past the Greater Vancouver Zoo, Mountain View provides an opportunity to view animals in a more natural environment. Because Mountain View's focus is on breeding and reintroduction, tours are prescheduled and exposure to the public is limited. Animals can be seen acting as they would in their native lands, and many endangered animals can be seen with young following behind.

Mountain View's most successful breeding and reintroduction efforts are with the endangered African Hunting Dogs, Oregon Spotted Frogs, and Vancouver Island Marmots.

I spend 3 hours every week working at Mountainview, and have also worked for the veterinarian at the Greater Vancouver Zoo. I think Mountain View is far superior, and would recommend a tour to anyone who will be in the area.

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Thanks for the information.

Thanks for the information. We will soon submit a new day trip idea for Mountain View Conservation and Breeding Center.

Day Trips Canada

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If you collect Air Miles, you can get free admission to the zoo by redeeming a few hundred airmiles. Well worth it!

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Re: Top 10 Zoos in Canada

The Mountain View Conservation Centre should definitely NOT be on the list of best zoos in Canada. It should be on the list of worst zoos in Canada. Run a quick Google News search on them to get an idea of what they are all about and look at the attached videos and photos to see what crippled and dying animals you will come across there. I agree with your choices as long as you don't add that horrid place. It reminded me of a Third World country when I was there, and there were rats running all over everything and animals were limping in cages all around the zoo. That's apart from the fact that the SPCA is charging them with neglect and it sounds like all their staff are alleging animal abuse from the highest levels. It's a millionaire's private zoo, and it looks like the millionaire (Gordon Blankstein) is more interested in showing off that he has the animals than in taking care of them.

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Re: Top 10 Zoos in Canada

If Edmonton valley zoo is no. 5 I'm scared to know just how disgustingly horrible 6 and beyond are. Valley zoo is the most depressing zoo I've ever been to, really bad

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Re: Top 10 Zoos in Canada

agreed! I live in Edmonton and I'm embarrassed when friends visit and ask about going to the zoo..

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Re: Top 10 Zoos in Canada

Thanks for that comment. I happen to BE FROM EDMONTON.

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