Lions and tigers and bears (and ostrich and hippopotamus and giraffe and flamingos). Oh, my! There’s awesome animal fun for the whole family at the Greater Vancouver Zoo.

The Zoo has been a fixture in the Fraser Valley since 1970. Over the years it has evolved into an impressive facility dedicated to conservation and educational activities, promoting respect and connectedness to the natural world. It covers an impressive 120 acres and has animals, reptiles, and birds.

greater vancouver zoo grizzly

Take a stroll along a mostly flat, wide, paved path that takes you from African Savannah through South America, the North American Wilds, the Arctic, and finally Asia. Be make sure to bring your walking shoes (and bikes and scooters) and anticipate spending at least two hours exploring the expansive exhibits.

While much of the Zoo is a DIY experience, you walk from enclosure to enclosure, read signs, and search for the animals within, the Zoo also hosts a series of Keeper Talks throughout the day. You might be able to see a lion feed or learn all about turtles. We highly recommend catching the Radical Raptor Keeper Talk, if you can. It’s a super informative show that has a cool interactive element for brave adult volunteers.

radical raptors

Definitely make a point to hop on the Safari train; it’s a 20-minute narrated trip around the perimeter of the Zoo. It’s a fabulous way to see the entire Zoo when little legs get too tired. Just make sure to buy your train tickets at the front gate when you enter, the train rides book up early.

When the adults need a break from walking, take a seat under a tree at the playground and let your kids loose. It’s one of our kiddo’s favourite playgrounds, it has lots of places to climb, slide, and hang — only the baboon enclosure rivals for coolest play apparatus!

greater vancouver zoo playground

The Zoo is more than just a place to see wild and exotic animals; it’s a wonderful place to learn about animal conservation. We love the many conservation efforts the Zoo is involved with. From local wildlife rehabilitation for the Oregon spotted frog and western painted turtle, to their latest program, Quarters for Conservation, which funds conservation efforts through Wildlife Preservation Canada, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, and the International Rhino Foundation.

Tips and tricks for an awesome Zoo visit:

We hope you and your little monkeys get a chance to spend a day at the Greater Vancouver Zoo.


It might be a bit of a trek to Aldergrove from Vancouver, but while you are out in the Fraser Valley, you could pick some berries, visit Fort Langley, or check out the brand new Otter Co-Op Outdoor Experience in Aldergrove. Make a day of it!

Greater Vancouver Zoo
5048 – 264th Street, Aldergrove

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