The Bowmanville Zoo

Photo credits: Bowmanville Zoo

Take a walk on the wild side at the Bowmanville Zoo. It's Canada's oldest private zoo, established in 1919 and one of Durham Region's beloved animal destinations. There's so much to explore at the Bowmanville Zoo, but here's what makes this zoo really cool!

The Bowmanville Zoo is top tourist attraction in the Toronto region. The zoo offers many activities for families who visit. In addition to the one-on-one animal encounters, attractions include Animal Rides, Expedition Predator, and Splash Bash. Come talk with the animals! There are over 300 creatures to meet including elephants, zebras, yaks, reindeer, llama, lemurs, jaguars, wolves, and more. You can visit them amidst 42 scenic acres of untamed, natural parkland. You may even spot a celebrity or two as the zoo is home to many famous Hollywood Celebrity Animal Actors.

Expedition Predator

Expedition Predator
Getting up close and personal is what the Bowmanville Zoo has always been about.  Expedition Predator is an animal adventure that comes to life as you embark on a tram that takes you on a journey to discover some of the world's great predators: lions of Africa, tigers of Asia, jaguar of South America, and wolves of the Canadian high arctic.

The Animal's Splash Bash

Splash Bash
Get wet, go wild. The Animal's Splash Bash is a perfect chance to get wet, cool down, and relax. While kids slide and splash, parents can relax and rest for the next Bowmanville Zoo adventure. On those really hot days nothing beats family time in The Animal's Splash Bash.

Animal Rides

Animal Rides
Experience an elephant trek or saddle up and hop on a hump! Experience a very unique form of transit when you ride a camel or an elephant at Bowmanville Zoo.

When it’s time to take a break from the animals, take the kids to the playground or Funland! There are rides for them to go on and a big play area where they can burn off some excess energy!

Animatheatre of Bowmanville Zoo

You'll be amazed by the Animatheatre Shows. The Animatheatre of Bowmanville Zoo is one of two animal specific indoor theatre venues in the world. Every component of its design has been maximized to ensure the most complete and compelling of animal experiences for the audience. 

The Bowmanville Zoo has a number of on-site amenities. Browse through the Zoo Gift Shop full of unique zoological paraphernalia. The Zoo Cafe provides a delightful market ambience serving light meals, snacks, and drinks.

And for kids who can't get enough of animals, the zoo offers an Eco-Adventure Summer Camp for children aged 5 to 12 years old. The program extends for 9 weeks throughout the months of July and August. Kids will explore the natural world in an up-close and personal way, through games, hands-on activities, live animal visits, tours, and crafts. With each program, children will have the opportunity to go “behind the scenes” to meet animal experts and the animals they work with. Your 'Wild Ones' can also celebrate with their 'Wild Ones' as the Bowmavillle Zoo also offers Birthday Party Packages.

Kids Free Pass
Each Summer, Bowmanville offers a special promotion which gives kids Free Admission to the Zoo! Go to their website and print the coupon. You get one free kid's pass per paying adult.

Experience it all at the Bowmaville Zoo... The Bowmanville Zoo Adventure awaits!

The Bowmanville Zoo is located at 340 King Street East, in Bowmanville, Ontario. You can contact them at 905-623-5655 or visit their website at:

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