Riverview Zoo and Park
For decades now, the Riverview Zoo and Park, located in Peterborough has attracted a quarter of a million visitors per year. This zoo has been described as one of the most ethical zoos in Canada. It features 27 exhibits, and is home to over 49 species of animals, including yaks, camels, wallabies, emus, macaws, lemurs, squirrel monkeys, cougars, pated lizards, and meerkats.
The Zoo also features a primate house that accommodates approximately 20 monkeys, reptiles, and birds that was made possible through private donations from community members. The River Otter Exhibit has a land area, two large pools, a waterfall, and a slide for the entertainment of the public and the otters. From May to September, you can meet the zoo staff and ask questions as they care for the animals. This is available Monday to Friday at 1:00PM. The 'Meet the Keeper' program helps educate visitors on the animals.
There are 137 animals and 49 species call the Riverview Park and Zoo their home. You can check this page for animal updates and fact sheets.
Play and Splash
The Riverview Park and Zoo features one of the largest and most modern play centres in the area, including an 80-foot super slide, integrated play structures, and a contemporary splash pad. Dumping buckets, water cannons, geysers, and bubblers will amuse kids and help cool them down on hot Summer days.
Miniature Train Rides
You can also take an exciting ride on a vintage miniature train! The train is pulled by an iron horse replica of an 1860 locomotive and winds its way across the dam over the Otonabee River. While riding the train, kids can also check out the Riverview Miniature Village which was created by local volunteers. The train operates from Victoria Day weekend to Labour Day weekend - 10:00AM to 6:00PM, weather permitting. Tickets for a 15-minute ride is only $2 each, children under 2 years of age ride free.
The park features a large picnic area along Otonabee River. Take a leisurely walk along the river, relax in the shade and enjoy a picnic. There are many benches and picnic tables available throughout the park area.
Activities are not limited to the Summer months – Wintertime offers tobogganing and cross-country skiing, and most of the animals can still be seen in their exhibits. Roadways and pathways are plowed to keep them clear of snow. Visitors are invited to bring their cross country skis though trails are not groomed. You can also bring your toboggan! The north end of the park boasts a perfect hill for children to slide down in the snow.
Want to Help Out?
The Zoo has an "Adopt-an-Animal" program which helps pay for the food and care of the animals. They are looking for donations. Contributions over $100 are recognized with a certificate and addition of your name to the donation sign in the middle of the park. You can call 705-748-9301 ext. 2303 to inquire or participate in this program. Donations are gratefully accepted at boxes throughout the park. Since the Zoo is free of charge, it might be a good thing to help out!
This amazing 55.5 acre zoo and park is the largest and most diversified playground for kids in the city. It is open year-round, from 8:30AM to dusk. Admission and parking are free. The park is wheelchair accessible and also features equipment for physically-challenged children. Also enjoy ornamental fountains, sundials, as well as gardens just a short walk from the Zoo.
For more information, call 705-745-6866 or visit www.peterboroughutilities.ca.
This makes for a great day trip getaway with the kids at only 1.5 hours from Toronto. Information is subject to change. Check the website before making the trip!