Northern Explorer Month at Assiniboine Park Zoo

Manitoba PostLife

WINNIPEG, MB – Northern Explorer Month has returned to the Assiniboine Park Zoo starting today.

As part of the celebrations, visitors can pay one regular admission fee and visit the Zoo every day for the entire month of February for FREE! Additionally, a variety of family-friendly activities and zookeeper talks are planned where you will learn about polar bears, seals, and what actions they can take to positively impact the environment.

“Many of our animals thrive in colder weather so Northern Explorer Month is a great time to visit the Zoo,” said Stephanie Kababie, Promotions and Sponsorships Specialist at Assiniboine Park Zoo. “It will be an exciting month with extra activities taking place each weekend and we hope that visitors of all ages will be inspired to learn about northern species, their habitats, and what we can each do to help.”

Some of the activities you can enjoy during Northern Explorer Month from Thursday, February 1 to Wednesday, February 28:

  • Playtime in the Arctic – Learning is fun in the Gateway to the Arctic building! Every Saturday and Sunday in February, there will be:
  • Animal Encounters with polar bears and seals (11 AM & 2 PM)
  • Crafts and hands on bio-fact tables (10:30 AM – 2:30 PM)
  • Storytelling (1:30 PM)
  • Northern Explorer Expedition – Visitors can check out the nine “Cool” spots around the Zoo, like watching the polar bears swim and snow leopards play, and submit their checklist to Wild Things Unique Gifts located at the Zoo entrance and receive their Northern Explorer prize!
  • Heavy Horse Wagon Rides – Take a horse drawn wagon ride from the McFeetors Heavy Horse Centre located inside the Zoo and enjoy the sites on a trail through the Assiniboine Park. Rides run Monday – Friday at 1 PM from the barn. Tickets are $10 per person and can be purchase at the Zoo entrance. Shorter rides within the Zoo are available on the weekends at 1 PM, tickets are $3. Guests who arrive 15 minutes early can watch the horses getting ready for this charming experience.

There are many activities happening at The Zoo, for more visit

Kevin Klein, Manitoba Post

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