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Edmonton Valley Zoo, Edmonton

#2 of 7 in Zoos & Aquariums in Alberta
World heritage site · Zoo · Zoo / Aquarium
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. Use our Edmonton day trip site to arrange your visit to Edmonton Valley Zoo and other attractions in Edmonton.
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  • Great smaller zoo. Well run. Not a huge number of animals compared to the Calgary Zoo. Still fun for a family. Plus, there are a ton of people lying about Lucy the elephant. She's inspected...  more »
  • I love my time at the Valley Zoo- Perhaps not as large as some other zoo's the staff are amazing and each time I go I learn something new about an animal, by talking to their caregivers. Interact...  more »
  • Very disappointed and would not recommend. The enclosures were either under construction or the animals were no where to be found. We were there 2 1/2 hours and not able to see Lucy the elephant and....  more »
  • Coming from a city with a large zoo, it was very surprising how great this zoo is. Everything is clean and the animals seem well taken care of. If you come at the right time, you can see an elephant being taken for a walk. The seal exhibit is wonderful. The red pandas have a great space too. I will definitely come back to this zoo. My only problem with this zoo is the area that the birds of prey are kept. The don't seem like they have enough room to spread their wings.
  • It is a small zoo, more of a local or regional attraction than a tourist attraction. It doesn't have a lot of big exhibits or showcases but I will give a plus rating for the staff, the cafe, and the programs that they put on. Perfect for a family and/or friends outing. The 2019 expansion/additions are really well done. The staff are great with kids. The food and drinks at the cafe are really good. It also does not take a long time to go through everything, an hour or two of walking.
  • Great place, great learning. Good exposure for both young and old. The zoo is well maintained and well laid out. I seen the addition of the urban farm animals which was very pleasing. Loved every bit. However, there's need and room for more species.
  • The zoo exhibits are very nice. Cleanliness is okay. The restaurant, food quality and eating area need some serious work. It took half an hour for the "fast food" type food to be placed on the pickup counter after ordering. We had an egg skillet, a salad and a kids burger, all pretty quick stuff to make. There was only one highchair in sight and it was being used. The rest were found outside later on. When we finally received our food, the egg skillet was not hot anymore, and we got an extra whole salad (which we threw out because we didn't need it). The indoor seating was completely full, and every table outside was not cleaned off. We cleaned a table off, wiped it ourselves and finally sat to eat. A few minutes into our meal an employee came by to clean the windows on the restaurant. There were 5 tables full of people in front of the windows and she said "maybe if I need to make you move I should come back another time" but then proceeded to go in behind us (barely any room to stand there) and wash the windows a couple of inches behind our heads. It was very unprofessional.
  • Excellent family entertainment. The staff here work hard to ensure it's a different experience each time you visit. Rental strollers available for the young ones and loaner (free) wheelchairs for anyone not able to get around so well. Excellent new petting zoo area along with several food vendors at reasonable park prices.

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