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Assiniboine zoo to reopen, unveil polar bear exhibit on Thursday

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Hudson the polar bear will make his home at the Journey to Churchill exhibit at the Assiniboine Park Zoo.

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Hudson the polar bear will make his home at the Journey to Churchill exhibit at the Assiniboine Park Zoo. (PHIL HOSSACK / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS) Photo Store

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Assiniboine Park Zoo will reopen at noon on Thursday after being closed for 10 days, unveiling its new Journey to Churchill exhibit.

The $90-million exhibit is a 10-acre area that teaches visitors about wildlife in northern Manitoba, and also includes the zoo’s flagship display of polar bears – Hudson, Aurora, Kaska and Storm. It also has a model of the Churchill town site.

Though the exhibit is opening on Thursday, most of the big entertainment to celebrate the opening will happen on the weekend, when the zoo resumes its normal operating hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Thursday, the hours are reduced to noon to 5 p.m.

Prices will also increase for visitors starting Thursday. A daily adult admission fee will go up to $18.50, from $10.24. Seniors will pay $14.81, up from $8.24, and children from three to 12 will pay $10, from $6.62.

The entrance has also changed, to 2595 Roblin Boul., and an expanded parking lot along the road will be open.

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