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Edmonton Valley Zoo, Edmonton

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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. 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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TripAdvisor
  • The zoo has a bunch of exhibits and areas that are in the process of being updated and renovated. Visitors should be aware that some of the animals may not be out for viewing. We visited with a 2 year...  more »
  • Good small zoo to visit with young kids and get them walking. Quite a few animals to see. I would recommend getting a family pass if you live in Edmonton. We visited there so many times while we lived...  more »
  • Upon arrival we were quite impressed with the new entrance with restaurant and gift shop. Unfortunately, it was all downhill from there. We could hardly see any animals and when we could see them the ...  more »
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  • 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!
  • 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.
  • I love this place, I know that most people don't want to visit because the elephant is in bad shape and it seems that is not getting appropriate care but this time we saw her taking strolls through the paths and taking a shower outside, it was great being that close to an impressive animal. The rest of the zoo was great as usual. It would be nice to have more animals but I'm pretty sure that will make the zoo even more expensive
  • Great small zoo, great for families and date nights. Looking forward to the next phase of development. Only zoo I know where they let an elephant walk around the grounds openly.
  • Terrible. We were there as family on 21st of May 2017. Outdated, old, not so many animals, dirty, not so many resting areas, just walking and walking and closed animal areas. Animal shows not on intended schedules and were like a joke. two honey bee nest as animal?! Not worthy of Canada and city of edmonton. Not worth 50$. I do not recommend it to anyone at all. Waste of time.