Assiniboine Park & Zoo
2355 Corydon Avenue, Winnipeg, MB, R3P 2N6
Over 400 acres and nearly 200 species…Assiniboine Park & Zoo is your destination for adventure, discovery and four seasons of FUN!
2355 Corydon Avenue - Tuxedo
ASSINIBOINE PARK CONSERVATORY
The Conservatory is a year-round verdant, green paradise, featuring more than 8,000 flowers, plants and trees. With an ever-changing floral display and guaranteed great weather, it’s the perfect place to visit any time of the year. Enrich yourself with an endless array of programming, special events, and art displays, all within a venue that is a feast for the senses. There is no admission charge. Open year-round.
ASSINIBOINE PARK ZOO
Located minutes from downtown Winnipeg and airport area, Assiniboine Park Zoo provides visitors with the opportunity to interact with animal species from all corners of the globe. Open year-round, with over 80 park-like acres to explore, the Zoo has been a favourite destination with visitors for over a century.
Discover the magic of the North in the heart of the continent. The award-winning Journey to Churchill exhibit is home to polar bears, muskoxen, Arctic fox, wolves and other northern species. It is the most comprehensive northern species exhibit of its kind in the world. Visitors experience a variety of naturalistic landscapes and animal viewing areas. Interpretive signage and interactive displays invite visitors to learn about biodiversity, climate change and conservation. It is an educational classroom like no other, inviting exploration, challenging thinking and promoting personal action.
The Leatherdale International Polar Bear Conservation Centre opened at Assiniboine Park Zoo in 2012. A key component of the Journey to Churchill exhibit, the Centre is a hub for environmental and wildlife education, research and conservation. This state-of-the-art facility will ensure that Manitoba remains a centre of global influence in polar bear conservation while providing a unique experience for Manitoban families and visitors alike.
Located in the north area of the Zoo, the McFeetors Heavy Horse Centre covers 4.7 acres and is home to five Percheron horses year-round and includes a barn, pastures, paddocks and a carriage shed. Visitors to the Zoo have the opportunity to experience barn tours and learn about the pioneer era of our province’s history, when heavy horse power was relied on in industries such as agriculture, forestry, mining, and road construction. Wagons rides are offered in the summer and sleigh rides in the winter for an additional fee of $3.
For visitors to the Zoo, the 150-seat Tundra Grill offers affordable quick-service meals with plenty of kid-friendly items and incredible views of the Zoo’s largest polar bear exhibit through a 150-foot-wide wall of 9-foot-high windows. It’s like no other restaurant experience! Inside the Tundra Grill building is the Polar Playground, an indoor Arctic wonderland of active participation guaranteed to have children climbing, sliding, learning, exploring and begging for more! Two birthday party rooms are available for rent.
Two gift shops are located within the Zoo: Wild Things Unique Gifts (located at the Zoo entrance) and Arctic Treasures (located at the North end of the Zoo).
The winding paths and free-form beds of the English Garden are a feast for the senses in every season. The flowing layout is indicative of the English Landscape style, which sought to convey an idealized but approachable view of nature, as opposed to the regimented symmetry of the Formal Garden. One of the most notable statues in the English Garden, the Boy with the Boot was donated to the Park by the Winnipeg Downtown Rotary Club. The English Garden is now planted mainly with annual flowers but a program is underway to revitalize this historic garden to restore it and its original design intent.
LEO MOL SCULPTURE GARDEN
Combining artistic beauty with a natural setting, the Leo Mol Sculpture Garden offers a quiet retreat to enjoy the magnificent works of master sculptor, Dr. Leo Mol. A short walk from the Pavilion, the garden was created as a result of Dr. Mol’s generous gift of many of his wonderful bronze pieces and works of art to the community in which he lived. The garden is also home to the Leo Mol Gallery featuring works by the gifted artist and the Leo Mol School House Studio. The interior of the School House has been maintained intact complete with moulds and plaster casts or major works. It allows the visitor a glimpse of how a bronze sculpture is created.
The Lyric Theatre carries on the tradition of summer band shell entertainment in the Park. The large outdoor stage features performances for every taste and age, including jazz, the symphony, Ballet in the Park and the highly popular Movies in the Park. The Lyric Theatre is a fitting home for quality, family entertainment, all provided free of charge.
From your first steps down the tree-lined path toward the Nature Playground, you will be transported into a world of wonder that encourages children of all ages to run, jump, climb, explore, and play.Exercise your body and your imagination while you explore the sand and water play area, slithering slides, a sky-high crow’s nest, willow tree tunnels, basket swings, a giant robin’s nest, net bridges, and topiaries. These unique features are inspired by and incorporated into the area’s natural surroundings, which include two acres of trees, gardens, gently rolling hills, and colourful rubber mountains. Hours are 8 a.m. to dusk, daily.
PAVILION GALLERY MUSEUM
As the centerpiece of Assiniboine Park, the Pavilion Gallery Museum houses a gallery museum featuring the largest collections of works by three renowned Manitoba artists. The contemporary works of Ivan Eyre, the historical works of Clarence Tillenius and the watercolours and woodcuts of Walter J. Philips. As well, the rotation gallery features exhibitions by Manitoba’s premier and emerging artists. Located on the second floor of the Pavilion Gallery Museum, The Pooh Gallery houses a permanent collection of Winnie the Pooh artifacts and memorabilia including pop-up books, toys and figurines as well as the famous painting ‘Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Pot’ by Ernest H. Shepard, the original illustrator of A. A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh books. There is no admission charge.
QUALICO FAMILY CENTRE & PARK CAFE
Designed to blend in with its natural surroundings, the Qualico Family Centre serves as a central gathering place for Park visitors and is capable of accommodating a variety of events and activities, from Park programs and activities for children to corporate retreats and private celebrations. The Centre’s meeting and banquet facilities include a 220-seat reception hall and boast state-of-the-art audio and video technology. Executive Chef Heiko Duehrsen has created a banquet menu featuring an impressive selection of savoury soups, delicious salads, sumptuous entrees, and tempting desserts. The Centre also features The Park Café restaurant which offers family-friendly seasonal breakfast and lunch menus that will satisfy both your palate and budget. The Park Café is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.
WINNIE THE BEAR STATUE
Did you know Winnie The Pooh was named after Winnipeg? Formerly located in the Assiniboine Park Zoo, the well-known statue of Lt. Harry Colebourn and Winnie the Bear now has a new home inside the Nature Playground at Assiniboine Park. Originally unveiled on August 6, 1992, the bronze statue and plaque was donated by the Kinsmen Club of Winnipeg. Crafted by artist William Epp, the piece was created as a way to permanently commemorate the story of Lt. Colebourn and Winnie the Bear, the forerunner for the children’s storybook character, Winnie the Pooh.