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Toronto Zoo

Visit the biggest animal park in Canada and see land and sea creatures from all over the world in the zoo’s seven geographic habitats.

Spread across 710 acres (287 hectares), Toronto Zoo is the biggest zoo in Canada; it attracts around 1.3 million visitors yearly. In the first animal park in North America with a permanent nutritionist, the 5,000 animals that occupy the zoo’s spacious habitats have always received the best care.

Find animals representing over 450 species from seven geographic regions: Africa, the Americas, Australasia, Canada, Eurasia, Indomalaya, and the Tundra. Each sector replicates the animals’ natural habitats, so elephants roam across an open savannah, gorillas laze in a rainforest pavilion, and stingrays swim in a large pool. Don’t miss the pair of giant pandas, flown in from China in May 2013.

Spend all day walking the 6 miles (10 kilometers) of trails and watching the animals. Rent a stroller or pull-along wagon to take the children everywhere. Wheelchairs are available free of charge. In summer, the hop-on, hop-off service called Zoomobile stops at four stations spread throughout the zoo, a convenient way to see more of the park.

Start your visit at the African Savannah, the largest section of the zoo. The zone also includes the African Rainforest Pavilion, where you’ll find the biggest indoor gorilla exhibit in the world.

Explore the 10-acre (4-hectare) Tundra Trek with Arctic animals, including reindeer and wolves, and see a polar bear swim underwater from the special basement area.

Treat your children to the Discovery Zone with hands-on exhibits in the Kids Zoo and Splash Island. Take a seat in the Waterside Theatre for daily events, such as the Wingin’ It bird show. Kids Zoo is open May through October.

It’s only a 30-minute drive from downtown to the zoo, which is located in Rouge Park, in Scarborough district. There is a large parking lot available, but parking is expensive. Buses stop close to the main entrance.

The Toronto Zoo closes only once a year, on Christmas Day. It is open an hour longer from May to September and has shorter opening hours in November and December. Last admission is one hour before closing. Check the zoo’s official website for scheduled feedings and events.


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A Suite Escape Toronto

A Suite Escape Toronto

56 Blacktoft Drive, Toronto
3.0
of 5, from 1 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Located in Scarborough, this guesthouse is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Toronto Zoo and 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from University of Toronto Scarborough. Centennial College and Scarborough Town Centre are also within 6 mi (10 km).

Highland Creek Village Guest House

Highland Creek Village Guest House

23 Bobmar Road, Toronto
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Scarborough, this vacation home is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from University of Toronto Scarborough and 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Morningside Park. Toronto Zoo and Rouge Park are also within 6 mi (10 km).

$86
Comfort Inn Pickering

Comfort Inn Pickering

533 Kingston Rd., Pickering
3.2
of 5, from 144 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Pickering, this eco-friendly hotel is close to Rouge Park and Toronto Zoo. Area attractions also include University of Toronto Scarborough and Morningside Park.

Knights Inn Toronto Scarborough

Knights Inn Toronto Scarborough

4694 Kingston Road, Toronto
2.7
of 5, from 314 reviews
1.5 out of 5.0

Located in Scarborough, this motel is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from University of Toronto Scarborough and within 3 mi (5 km) of Morningside Park and Guild Inn Gardens. Toronto Zoo and Scarboro Golf and Country Club are also within 6 mi (10 km).

$71
New Plaza Motel

New Plaza Motel

4584 Kingston Road, Toronto
2.9
of 5, from 15 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Located in Scarborough, this motel is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from University of Toronto Scarborough and within 6 mi (10 km) of Toronto Zoo and Centennial College.

$88
Travelodge Toronto East

Travelodge Toronto East

20 Milner Business Court, Toronto
2.9
of 5, from 252 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Located in Scarborough, this hotel is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Centennial College and 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Scarborough Town Centre. Toronto Zoo and University of Toronto Scarborough are also within 6 mi (10 km).

$105
Holiday Inn Express Toronto East - Scarborough

Holiday Inn Express Toronto East - Scarborough

50 Estate Dr, Toronto
4.0
of 5, from 280 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Located in Scarborough, this eco-friendly hotel is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Centennial College and within 3 mi (5 km) of Scarborough Town Centre and University of Toronto Scarborough. Toronto Zoo and Morningside Park are also within 6 mi (10 km).

$108
Best Western Plus Executive Inn

Best Western Plus Executive Inn

38 Estate Drive, Toronto
3.8
of 5, from 208 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Scarborough, this eco-friendly hotel is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Centennial College and within 3 mi (5 km) of Scarborough Town Centre and University of Toronto Scarborough. Toronto Zoo and Morningside Park are also within 6 mi (10 km).