Tag: Zoos

Bowmanville Zoo

The Bowmanville Zoo has the claim to being the oldest private zoo in North America, starting in 1919 with the unscientific name of “Cream of Barley Park”. The last time I was there was when I was a child and thus my ability to compare visits is non-existent. However, one should be prepared for a difference between zoos of this sort and ones like the Calgary or Toronto Zoos. This zoo is in the business of education but also of providing animals for use in television and film. This makes some people uneasy but for others provides an opportunity to […]

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Riverview Park and Zoo Peterborough

Tucked away at the end of Peterborough Ontario is a park with a zoo. It’s not a gigantic zoo like Toronto’s but it has its own charm. Tortoises, wallabies, lemurs, meerkats, monkeys, camels, otters, bobcats and a couple of sloths that I’m told came from the Calgary Zoo when it was hit with a flood. The park itself has other really good features. The playground for kids is not lame. There’s lots of structures to play on and there’s a cool slide that’s a tube downhill, through a hill that is long. The kids and their adult supervisors love it. […]

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Six ways to get the most out of the Toronto Zoo

The Toronto Zoo is huge.  I remember its hugeness from the time when I visited in 1974, shortly after it opened.  I was a kid and felt overwhelmed by the place.  It was a time when zoos were changing from cages to enclosures.  All the animals from the old Riverdale Zoo were in the iron bar cages you see in old movies.  I remember a poor tiger pacing back and forth. In July 2012, I brought my kids to the Toronto Zoo and they were faced with the same massive size and a new treat:  really hot weather.  My kids […]

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From Auto Racing to Museums: Peterborough Has It All

In Peterborough and the surrounding area, you’ll find enough attractions to keep you busy for weeks, or even months, on end. With splendid natural features, plenty of cultural activities, and wonderful dining and entertainment opportunities, the region offers something for everyone. Let’s take a closer look at just a few of the many destinations around Peterborough. Lang Pioneer Village What better way to learn more about a place, than by stepping right into its history? Lang Pioneer Village, located a quick 10 km east of Peterborough, offers a trip back in time to the 19th century. Created as an interactive […]

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Take a Safari in the City at Toronto Zoo

One of the premier jewels in Toronto‘s crown, and without a doubt the best zoo in Canada as well as the nation’s largest, the Toronto Zoo was first opened in August of 1974. Located near the Rouge river, and bordering Rouge Park, it is in the former borough of Scarborough and encompasses an incredible 710 acres. Divided into seven stunning zoogeographic regions, with indoor tropical pavilions and natural outdoors environments, the zoo is home to over 500 separate species, with more than 16,000 members of the animal kingdom, including fish, birds, and invertebrates, in attendance. Zoo Highlights While the zoo […]

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Meet Amazing Animals at Bowmanville Zoological Park

Bowmanville Zoological Park, which is also known as Bowmanville Zoo, was established in 1919. Not only is this beautiful forty-two acre zoological park home to just over three hundred incredible animals, the animals that live here are often used in Hollywood productions. When you visit, you just might come face to face with someone amazing! Let’s take a closer look at the park’s history as well as its residents, plus some additional attractions which have been added in recent years. If you remember visiting Bowmanville Zoo when you were a child, you’ll be surprised at the way things have changed. […]

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Toronto Things to Do

This article is a call to all Toronto residents, former residents and visitors to share experiences about this city. Sign up on this site and let us know. I am an ex-Torontonian and have some fond memories of what you can do in and around the city. For example, there’s a terrific walk or bike ride through the parks that I used to start at Alexander Muir Park, which is near Yonge and Lawrence. (By the way, Yonge St. is the dividing point between street names that have East and West as suffixes. E.g. Lawrence Ave. West and Lawrence Avenue […]

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