Winnipeg is probably one of Canada’s most underrated cities. But having lived in this city for a couple decades, I have seen it rise from a small prairie city to a multifaceted powerhouse. From the return of the beloved Winnipeg Jets through the ambitious improvements to the Assiniboine Park Zoo to the opening of the Museum of Human Rights, Winnipeg has quickly been moving up the ranks of Canadian cities. I truly believe that this success is due to the city finally embracing its northernness. Let’s look at the Winnipeg zoo as an example.
Assiniboine Park Zoo in Winnipeg
Up until recently, the Assiniboine Park Zoo was just another unremarkable zoo. But thanks to the vision of some forward-thinking people and a lot of hard work, in 2014, the zoo rebranded itself as a haven for Arctic species. How apt for a zoo located in a city with long and frigid Canadian winters, to embrace its identity and become a sanctuary for rescued polar bear cubs and other northern animals.
Our family has become a great fan of the zoo since the improvements of 2014. Our two favourite features of the new and improved zoo have been:
Journey to Churchill at the Winnipeg Zoo
This ten acre area recreates the native landscapes of the Arctic and lets the animals roam on this expansive terrain. You will find here many northern species, like polar bears, Arctic foxes and wolves. Our son’s favourite part of this exhibit is the aquarium tunnel where you can watch and even interact with swimming animals.
Dinosaurs Alive! at the Winnipeg Zoo
This is a fun way for kids to learn about dinosaurs. The animatronic dinosaurs move and roar, their real-life size making them that more realistic. Unfortunately this is not a permanent display but it has returned to Winnipeg a couple times. We’re keeping our fingers crossed that they will come back again. These dinosaurs are often “on the move” and can be found roaring at visitors in other Canadian zoos.
The Assiniboine Park Zoo has many other fabulous exhibits and seasonal events. We recommend you check their website for fun things to do before you visit.
P.S. We love this zoo so much we even wrote about it in this collaborative article about best international zoos.