May 27, 2015


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Let the Journey begin: zoo reopens today

At noon today, Assiniboine Park Zoo will unveil the long-awaited Journey to Churchill exhibit.

After a 10-day closure to make final preparations, zoo visitors are invited to explore the four-hectare Journey to Churchill exhibit, which features multiple viewing areas for northern wildlife, including polar bears, muskoxen, snowy owls and arctic fox, with many interactive elements, such as a bowhead whale dig and the Churchill Northern Studies Shelter.

Members of the media get a closer inspection by one of the polar bears at the Assiniboine Park Zoo Thursday.

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Members of the media get a closer inspection by one of the polar bears at the Assiniboine Park Zoo Thursday. Photo Store

A floral polar bear greets  visitors at the  entrance to Assiniboine Park Zoo on Roblin Boulevard.

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A floral polar bear greets visitors at the entrance to Assiniboine Park Zoo on Roblin Boulevard. Photo Store

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Construction crews prepare for the opening of Assiniboine Park Zoo this Thursday.

Sarah Taylor / Winnipeg Free Press Construction crews prepare for the opening of Assiniboine Park Zoo this Thursday.

To avoid lineups, visitors are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance online at www.assiniboineparkzoo.ca/tickets. Tickets are valid for 90 days from the date of purchase. Visitors will enter through the zoo's new entrance at 2595 Roblin Blvd.

Parking is available in the zoo's expanded parking lot along Roblin Boulevard and in the overflow parking lot located on the east side of the zoo, which is connected to the zoo entrance by a new pedestrian pathway.

The price of admission ranges from $18.50 for adults to $10 for children ages three to 12.

To celebrate the zoo's reopening, special activities and entertainment are planned for the opening day and weekend. Visitors from today to Sunday will receive a free Journey to Churchill collectible polar bear pin while quantities last. The zoo's new mascot, Winston the polar bear, will also be making appearances and posing for photos with visitors.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 3, 2014 B2

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Updated on Thursday, July 3, 2014 at 8:42 AM CDT: adds live stream

10:16 AM: Adds photo

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