To see animals from far and wide up close and personal, there’s no better place than a zoo. Here’s a list of the most beautiful zoos in Quebec.
1. Zoo de Granby
Zoo de Granby, the largest zoo in Quebec, welcomes you to the fauna of four continents. Along its lush trails, you can see 1500 animals from nearly 225 exotic species—elephants, giraffes, gorillas, tigers, anacondas, hippos, snow leopards, giant kangaroos and tiny baby sharks. Watch over 20 presentations from zoo keepers and educators and be sure to have fun on the rides! Not to mention the Amazoo water park, which offers a wave pool, river adventure and water games. Zoo de Granby has it all for a memorable family day out!
2. Zoo sauvage de Saint-Félicien
Located in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean area, the Zoo Sauvage de St-Félicien is one of the most diversified zoos in North America, with 75 species of northern wildlife. But you won’t just be discovering the inhabitants of the vast boreal wilderness: you’ll find exotic species such as the Japanese macaque, the Siberian tiger and the Bactrian camel from Mongolia. For children, there’s entertainment of all kinds: water games, educational tours and a petting zoo with animals just waiting to be fussed over. You can explore 7 km of the nature trails by train (caged, naturally) and observe the majestic North American mammals roaming at large in the park, including caribou, musk oxen, lynx and bears, as well as the Siberian tiger, the most northerly dwelling species of its kind. The Zoo Sauvage de St-Félicien offers a real face-to-face with nature!
3. Parc Oméga
At Montebello in the Outaouais region, discover wild animals roaming freely in their natural habitat, recreated to perfection at Parc Oméga. Here, a 12-km road snakes through 2200 acres of extraordinarily varied landscapes, with lakes, meadows, valleys, forests and rocky hills. Naturally, the park is an ideal site for photography. From the comfort of your car, watch elk and deer nibble carrots in visitors’ hands and sometimes even poke their heads in the windows for a closer look. The park is open year-round. Footpaths, a shop, a snack bar, picnic areas and seasonal entertainment will enhance your visit.
4. Parc Safari
For 40 years, Parc Safari has taken visitors to the heart of Africa. Enter its glass tunnels for a truly unique encounter with the big cats. Try out the water park with its 40 or more water games, eight slides and picnic area. Reach up and feed a giraffe at the Terrace Afrika. Or opt for the Safari Adventure, a 4-km ride among 33 species from five continents. These activities and many more guarantee an absolutely exceptional day.
The Montreal Biodôme houses over 4500 animals from 250 different species and 500 different species of plant. It’s an oasis of nature in the heart of the city and an unrivalled family destination. Plants and animals, rocks, bodies of water and the climates themselves are recreated with stunning realism. Here, you’ll find miniature representations of some of the most remarkable ecosystems of the Americas: the tropical rainforest, the Laurentian maple forest, the Gulf of St. Lawrence, the Labrador coast and the Sub-Antarctic islands. Discover the Biodôme's ecosystems on a self-guided tour: interpretive signs dot the path, and nature interpreters are on hand to answer visitors' questions. The Biodôme is getting a makeover! It will be closed from September 5, 2016, to spring of 2018. Visitors will be treated to an enhanced, immersive and sensory experience in its new incarnation.