ONTARIO ZOOS, FARMS & AQUARIUMS

If you're an animal lover, Ontario is the right place for visiting creatures with fur, feathers or scales. Zoos in Ontario include a range of options from traditional zoos to petting zoos to real working farms. People who want to see a specific type of animal can check out butterfly conservatories, aviaries, giant cat and reptile zoos. Or check out one of many working animal farms or petting zoos throughout the province. 

Toronto, Ontario is home to some of Canada’s best zoos and aquariums. See over 5000 animals and 460 species as you walk the paths of the Toronto Zoo, Canada’s only zoo to host Panda Bears. Or experience life under the sea with Ontario’s only aquarium, Ripley’s Aquarium, home to over 16,000 aquatic animals.

Ontario has a variety of smaller zoos throughout the province, each offering unique encounters and unforgettable family experiences. Spend your summer days viewing wildlife and enjoying the family activities that many local zoos have to offer. Bring your lunch and enjoy a picnic alongside some of your favourite animals. Many small zoos offer a variety of extra activities like playgrounds & splashpads.

Ready to get up close & personal with some animals? Ontario has a variety of petting zoos, working farms, and family fun farms to suit even the youngest family members. Feed a llama, ride a pony, milk a cow, shear a sheep, pet a donkey or harvest some honey. There is never a shortage of things to do down on the farms of Ontario.

Are you looking for a more exotic animal experience? Ontario hosts a great variety of reptile zoos, birds of prey aviaries, and insect conservatories to suit the more adventurous animal-lovers. Pet a snake, learn the habits of local turtles, or watch a raptor demonstration. There is always something new to learn at Ontario’s most exotic zoos.

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Big Apple Attraction, The

262 Orchard Drive, Hwy 401 Exit 497 , Colborne, Ontario
Eastern Ontario

 905-355-2574  www.thebigapple.ca

Watch fresh apple pies get baked before your eyes in Bakery! Climb inside the World's Biggest Apple-Shaped Observatory to the top for spectacular views of Lake Ontario. NEW Whimsical Market Shoppes - treats for all ages! Restaurant, Gifts. FREE Petting Zoo, Mini-Golf, Ping-Pong & more! OPEN ALL YEAR

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Centreville Theme Park

Centre Island , Toronto, Ontario
Greater Toronto Area

 416-203-0405  www.centreisland.ca

Centreville Theme Park, located on the Toronto Islands, is the ultimate summer destination for families with young children. With 30+ rides & attractions, beautiful beaches & 14 casual restaurants, this theme park offers up a full day of family fun. Getting to Centreville is almost as exciting as the park itself!

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Jungle Cat World Zoological Park and Bed & Breakfast

3667 Concession Rd 6 & Tamblyn Rd , Orono, Ontario
Eastern Ontario

 905-983-5016  www.junglecatworld.com

Experience Canada's most unique Wildlife Park and Bed & Breakfast Inn. Spend the day immersing yourself in the zoo world, spend the night in the decadent Safari Lodge! Guests explore the zoo at twilight, after the park has closed to the public, as the nocturnal animals become active. 45 min E of Toronto - 11km N of the 401.

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Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

288 Bremner Boulevard , Toronto, Ontario
Greater Toronto Area

 647-351-3474  www.ripleysaquariumofcanada.com

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada is a world-class attraction in the heart of downtown Toronto, next to the CN Tower. Explore the Waters of the World with 16,000 aquatic animals! Birthday Parties, Camps, Sleepovers, Jazz Nights, and Stingray Experience available! Buy online and skip the line!

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African Lion Safari

1386 Cooper Road , Hamilton, Ontario
Greater Toronto Area

 519-623-2620  www.lionsafari.com

A FULL DAY OF FAMILY FUN! Go "On Safari" and get closer than you ever imagined to over 1,000 exotic birds and animals from around the world. Drive through 9 km of safari trail in your own car or take a guided, air-conditioned Safari Tour Bus. Open daily from May 6 to October 9, 2017.

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Bird Kingdom

5651 River Road , Niagara Falls, Ontario
Niagara Region

 905-356-8888  www.birdkingdom.ca

Take an unforgettable journey through the world's largest indoor free-flying aviary! Experience the enchanting splendour of the Lost Kingdom where guests have unique opportunities to interact with amazing birds and reptiles from around the world in our wheelchair accessible, multilevel rainforest.

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Brantford Twin Valley Zoo

84 Langford Church Rd , Brantford, Ontario
Southwestern Ontario

 519-752-0607  www.twinvalleyzoo.com

Learn about the wonderful animals of this world by experiencing them up close & in person. Exotic animals, reptiles, petting area & great staff. Creature Showcase. Visit our picnic area, nature trail & kids' play area while you're here.

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Donkey Sanctuary of Canada

6981 Concession 4 , Puslinch, Ontario
Southwestern Ontario

 519-836-1697  www.thedonkeysanctuary.ca

Spend a day in heaven at the Sanctuary Farm, home to 90 donkeys and mules. Meet sweet, gentle donkeys, learn about this ‘forgotten equine’, enjoy a picnic by the pond, walk the woodland trails. Open Sundays, May through October, 10-3, plus Wednesdays in July and August. Or book private tour.

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Elmvale Jungle Zoo

14191 County Road 27 (Highway 27) , Elmvale, Ontario
Central Ontario

 705-322-1112  www.elmvalejunglezoo.com

Discover an exciting & educational outdoor adventure. Walk along shaded & winding trails. View majestic lions, tigers & jaguars. Delight in the playful antics of monkeys & lemurs. Watch the mischievous baby animals play. Admire the beauty of rare & exotic birds and other wildlife. 25 acres.

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Help We've Got Kids

Toronto Hamilton Kitchener-Waterloo Ottawa , Ontario
Greater Toronto Area

 416-444-7678  www.helpwevegotkids.com

Help We've Got Kids is the most comprehensive directory for anything you need for your children. Classes, programs, services, childcare, camps, birthday party ideas and more! If your child needs it you can find it here.

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Killman Zoo

237 Unity Rd E , Caledonia, Ontario
Greater Toronto Area

 905-765-5966  www.thekillmanzoo.com

Over 30 species of animals on a 33-acre site. Winding trails, ponds & trees. Perfect for cycling along the rail trail from Hamilton. One of the largest Big Cat collections in Ont. plus exotic & domestic birds & animals. Interactive & intimate Big Cat feeding demos Sundays at 3pm. Petting Zoo. Season Pass.

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Little Ray's Reptile Zoo

5305 Bank St. , Ottawa, Ontario
Ottawa Region

 877-544-8440  raysreptiles.com

Little Ray's offers a zoological experience like no other. Feeding demonstrations, bird of prey shows, and hands on presentations where you can touch and hold animals from around the globe. Come experience the adventure today.

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Oshawa Zoo and Fun Farm

3441 Grandview St. N. , Oshawa, Ontario
Greater Toronto Area

 905-655-5236  www.oshawazoo.ca

A clean, green, interactive mix of friendly exotic & domestic animals. Over 40 species camels, macaws & monkeys to goats, potbellied pigs & mini donkeys. 22 fenced acres, Picnic area, refreshment & animal food kiosk. Opportunities for hand feeding & petting. Saving Orphaned Animals since 1993.

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Papanack Park Zoo - New Ownership!

150 County Road 19 , Wendover, Ontario
Ottawa Region

 613-673-PARK (7275)  papanackzoo.com

Just east of Ottawa, our newly renovated & rebuilt facilities will take you to a world of wildlife filled with all kinds of exotic animals & birds. Spend a day of unforgettable fun! Night Safaris & Senior Safaris, Camps & Birthdays, schools/groups too! Opens May long weekend.

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Parc Omega

399-323 North Rd , Montebello, Quebec
Ottawa Region

 819-423-5487  www.parcomega.ca

1 hr from Ottawa, drive through a Canadian safari, in your own backyard! Home to wildlife including moose, bears, raccoons & wolves. Open daily, yr rd. Summertime birds of prey shows. Feed carrots to 'safe' animals who come up to your car for treats!

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Promise Land Family Fun Farm

640 Hamilton Road , Belleville, Ontario
Eastern Ontario

 613-243-9533  www.plfarm.ca

An excellent environment for kids to learn & grow by interacting with farm animals in a safe, fully fenced, open concept space, where they can move freely between the animals, play grounds & other exhibits. Lots of different animals. Helpful staff. **New** Nan's Place - Good Food, Great Prices!

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Reptilia Reptile Zoo

2501 Rutherford Rd , Vaughan, Ontario
Greater Toronto Area

 905-761-6223  www.reptilia.org

Visit Canada’s largest indoor reptile zoo! See over 250 ultra cool reptiles & amphibians. Interact with the animals, learn from the Cast Members, see incredible live shows & watch scheduled feedings. Camps, Parties, Appearances & Programs also offered. Open yr round, 7 days/week.

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Saunders Country Critters Zoo

1058 County Rd #44 , RR # 1 Oxford Station, Ontario
Eastern Ontario

 613-258-1108  www.saunderscountry.com

There is always something new at the Zoo. Babies are born, new critters arrive, new facilities are built. See >60 species with new ones all the time. A is for Agouti, Z is for Zebu & all the in betweens like Kinkajou & Kangaroo. Bring your family to come out and meet our family. Come spend a lazy day and "Talk to the Animals".

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Scales Nature Park

82 Line 15 S , RR#1, Orillia ,
Central Ontario

 705-327-2808  www.scalesnaturepark.ca

View >300 animals of 60 species in our indoor reptile facility; the most complete live collection of Canadian species in Canada. Hold real snakes & lizards. Then hike our 21 Hectares of upland & wetland habitats & nature trails. School/group programs, workshops & birthday parties too.

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Spend a Day, Fly a Bird of Prey!

Hawkeye Bird & Animal Control, 5048 Erin First Line , Acton, Ontario
Greater Toronto Area

 416-HAWKEYE / 1- 855-393-4295  www.hawkeye.ca

An unforgettable Bucket List experience - actually fly a Bird of Prey yourself! See over 20 birds of prey at our 10-acre Acton, Ontario facility. Learn the basics of Falconry & the techniques used today. Enjoy incredible flight demonstrations and tour the Bird Run/Aviary.

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Toronto Zoo

2000 Meadowvale Road , Scarborough, Ontario
Greater Toronto Area

 416-392-5929  www.torontozoo.com

Explore one of the largest zoos in the world with over 5000 animals, and see Canada's only giant panda cubs before they leave in 2018! Enjoy daily keeper animal talks, plus our kids zoo, splash pad & animal shows (open seasonally). Visit 364 days/yr.

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519-986-3758
734762 West Back Line , Markdale, Ontario
Southwestern Ontario

Meet the alpacas, alpaca clothing, yarn & toys. By appt.

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705-322-6293
1922 County Rd 92 , Elmvale, Ontario
Central Ontario

Pony rides, animals, mazes, zip lines, waterslide!

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705-786-2023
363 Salem Road , Manilla , Ontario
Central Ontario

Come meet the alpacas & visit our retail store. Unique gifts for everyone.

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613-628-5409
78 Marquardt Lane , Eganville, Ontario
Eastern Ontario

Family run hobby farm with over 50 species of animals.

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705-487-2000
Hwy. #11, between Orillia & Barrie , Oro Medonte, Ontario
Central Ontario
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705-272-BEAR (2327)
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519-725-0511

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