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Edmonton Valley Zoo, Edmonton
(2.7/5 based on 300+ reviews on the web)
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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  • My family and I spent our last full day in Alberta at the Valley Zoo in Edmonton. It's a cute little zoo! It's not huge by any means (but we are used to the massive Metro Toronto Zoo), but it was a gr...  more »
  • We've been here a few times over the past couple years. Understand when you come this isn't the Calgary zoo or any of the big ones south of the boarder, but it entertains the kids and Lucy the elephan...  more »
  • This is such a nice zoo. Very friendly staff and lots of nice animals to look at. I love visiting here. 
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  • Escape from the city traffic and enjoy a refreshing walk through a wonderfully treed and landscaped oasis at the Edmonton Valley Zoo. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable. The Zoo is getting better every time we visit. The animal habitats are becoming more spacious and a greater emphasis is being placed on preserving endangered species and providing education on world wildlife. One of the prettiest spots in Edmonton, a real jewel!
  • This place, even at end of season, is an often overlooked gem for dates, random outings, and enjoyment of nature. Its good for about 2 hours or so of walking and exploring before you get bored, and has some really cool exhibits. Occasionally running into an elephant out on a walk is pretty amazing too. Surprisingly good prices on lots of items in the gift shop like wool animal theme mittens etc.
  • The squirrel monkeys alone give 5 stars, they pose for photos, play together, and love watching humans through the glass, they manage to make an everyday task funny, and they don't leave fecal matter everywhere. The baby meerkats are great too, the wallabies are amazing, and the alpaca and elephant are taken for walks. Free kid attractions too. Price is amazing, you won't regret a visit
  • Today I visited the zoo (from a total of four visits I am supposed to make) for a project in my university class. My school has corresponded with the zoo and provided a list of students who have unlimited visits with no fees. We were informed that the zoo was made aware of the arrangement and that we could go whenever we wanted. So I went to start my project today, I didn't know there as a large family event at the zoo today but of course it was fine. However after waiting 45 minutes in line, when I finally got to the admissions booths, the woman who served me was VERY rude and hostile. First, I explained the situation as described above. Her first comment was "and you picked today of all days to come here?" I was shocked, her tone was judgemental and it should not matter which day I decide to come to the zoo. I have paid for admission through my university. I don't know why she made that comment. I can come whenever I want, just like all of the families who were also there today. Then she said "well I have no idea what you are talking about, we were never given a list." And then she made a point of asking her coworkers loudly if they had heard of a list for students to get in free. Also unnecessary. She then said "just because your school talked with the zoo doesn't mean they told us anything." And the whole interaction was very weird. She treated me like I did not belong there, that I picked an inappropriate day to do a project for my degree, that I was making her day more difficult even though I had done nothing extreme, and lastly like I was trying to weasel my way into the zoo without paying the $10 adult fee. Like.. really? The whole problem with this interaction was her tone of voice and the way she spoke to me. It was extremely unprofessional and cruel. I have worked in a retail position for years and have never spoken to a customer in this manner. People deserve to be treated with respect :( Then she "let me in for free" because it was busy, and she "didn't know how to deal with this." Maybe simply taking down my name and phone number, with my school information would have helped her also cover her tracks in case she needed to inform someone. Overall I was treated really badly by this woman at the admissions booth and I hope I don't have to encounter her again, she treated me with no respect and acted as if I was bothering her with a simple request.
  • The zoo is the perfect size for an outing with little ones. There's lots to see and do without being overwhelming. My kids love the train and petting zoo. The new additions and feature areas look great and I can't wait to see the new changes as the zoo continues to upgrade and improve.