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Edmonton Valley Zoo, Edmonton

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Opened in 1959, Edmonton Valley Zoo houses 350 exotic and native animals across its many indoor and outdoor exhibits. Situated along the North Saskatchewan River, the zoo is small, making for a more intimate visit. The zoo has replicated an arctic shoreline and showcases appropriate animals for this habitat. With recent conservation initiatives and endangered species networks, the zoo is taking steps to improve upon its sometimes criticized past. Check reviews before visiting. To visit Edmonton Valley Zoo and get the most from your holiday in Edmonton, create itinerary details personal to you using our Edmonton travel itinerary maker.
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  • August 15, 2017
    It was a waste of time and money. hardly any animals available to view. An ice cream and donuts stand that was sold out of donuts and most of the ice cream by noon.  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    I went to the Valley Zoo today to see what it was about. Overall I would say it was good. Would be very good for little kids as it is not too big but still lots for the little ones to see and do. Olde...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    It was a hot day when we went and we managed to find many big trees to rest at. My sons loved it, especially Lucy the elephant. There was construction going on which is a pain but understandable as th...  more »
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  • June 14, 2017
    This is a small zoo with lots of features. For the price, it's worth getting an annual pass just to go for a nice walk and play on their awesome climbing structures. I think we enjoy the grounds more than the actual animals, but I never give up a chance to see the seals and sea lions (and a hidden gem climbing area in that spot). The cafe is nice and I love the outdoor seating by the fountain. It is very wheelchair friendly and has accessible bathrooms, though their change tables do not accommodate anyone larger than a toddler. I would love to see an adult change table near the cafe. That would put it over the top for me!
  • July 26, 2017
    I've been to the Edmonton zoo a couple times, and been disappointed at the quality of the environment. Meaning the attractions are poorly located, the available animals aren't around when we visited, as well as dirty washrooms, outdoor sidewalks, gravel parking lot and lack of activities. Save your $$ and go see the Calgary zoo. 10 times worth your experience and money, and great variety of animals. Amenities are clean and the folk are nicer! Not sure if city of Edmonton staff realizes how much better it could be if their was good effort and efficient dollars spent.
  • July 4, 2017
    A small zoo but fun to walk around. Has a great petting zoo for the kids. Toy train ride a few food concessions, along with the animal displays. Relatively inexpensive admittance, $11 for adults and you get 10% of with CAA and they offer 2 for 1 specials,m family for $45 etc and best of all free parking. Located in the River valley right beside lots of bike and walking trails. A real nice way to spend a sunny afternoon.
  • June 1, 2017
    If you are expecting exotic animals and amazing interpretive displays don't bother with this zoo. However if you want a local and affordable outing for your family I think it is great. My two year old absolutely loves the petting zoo, the "train" and watching the seals. I think she would be content going daily all summer. Considering the cost of the naturally Edmonton pass (which includes the zoo) I think the zoo is great value for families with small kids. And the petting zoo really is amazing compared to what I expected.
  • July 2, 2017
    This was my first time at the zoo in a number of years. I love the renovations that have been done. I look forward to when they have completed the renovations. The staff are really helpful and fill of information. Lucy was out of her enclosure, eating fresh grass and her keepers were very good at answering my son's many questions.

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