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Thrill the animal-lovers in your family at these attractions featuring wildlife native to Ontario, as well as exotic creatures from afar.

Butterflies, Birds and Reptiles

Get up close and personal with butterflies at the Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory or Niagara Falls' Butterfly Conservatory. Learn all about indigenous and exotic birds at Bird Kingdom and Upper Canada Migratory Bird Sanctuary in Morrisburg or witness live crocodile and python feedings at Vaughan's Reptilia.

Animal Theme Parks and Aquariums

Check out Toronto's newest aquatic attraction, Ripley's Aquarium of Canada, featuring a moving walkway in a see-through tunnel, a tropical reef tank and over 45 interactive exhibits.


The mountain goats, Arctic wolves, Tibetan yaks and Japanese sika deer feel right at home at Spruce Haven Zoo in Sault Ste. Marie. You'll need a full day to visit the Toronto Zoo, with 5000 animals representing over 460 species. From Squirrel Monkeys to Meerkats, there are lots of wild animals to see at the Riverview Park and Zoo in Peterborough, or feed goats and deer at the Brantford Twin Valley Zoo.

Animal Parks

Drive through African Lion Safari near Hamilton and observe the animals roaming free, or photograph some of the world's largest felines at Jungle Cat World in Orono. Get close to bison at Cedar Meadows Resort near Timmins and meet Ganuk and Henry, the giant residents at the Cochrane Polar Bear Habitat. Meet a diverse collection of furry and feathered friends at Saunders Country Critters, just outside of Kemptville.

Panda bear chewing on bamboo at the Zoo.


Visit Er Shun and Da Mao, two giant pandas on loan to the Toronto Zoo from China. Giant pandas are listed as endangered species, and the Toronto Zoo supports a bamboo and habitat restoration project in China as part of this initiative.
Close up of polar bear swimming underwater.


Swim next to a polar bear and get a unique underwater perspective while the bears cavort in pools. Situated on five acres of northern Ontario landscape in Cochrane, this is the only captive bear facility in the world dedicated solely to polar bears.