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Enjoy Assiniboine Park’s many amenities this summer

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Hudson the polar bear will no doubt be a major attraction at the Assiniboine Park Zoo this summer.

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Hudson the polar bear will no doubt be a major attraction at the Assiniboine Park Zoo this summer. Photo Store Photo Store

My opinion may be biased, but having grown up moments away from Assiniboine Park, I feel we had an amazing getaway minutes away from home.

Depending on their ages, activity levels or interests, people use different parts of the park, but here’s a quick look at some of the new and returning elements that will have you enjoying time in Winnipeg’s Favourite Park this summer.

I think it’s appropriate to dive into the highlight for many, and that is the Assiniboine Park Zoo.

The zoo holds almost 200 species in its 80 acres and that would include its newest resident, Hudson the polar bear.

After May 17, keep your eyes open for the Australian Walkabout Exhibit, which will host kangaroos and emus.

Once you’ve visited with the 14 female red kangaroos from Australia, you’ll want to visit with the little guys that came all the way from the southwest coast of Africa. Penguin Cove will feature a unique, up-close experience with a group of African black-footed penguins. These two new exhibits, along with recent favourites such as the Butterfly Garden and Toucan Ridge will definitely keep you and your family busy for hours.

Outside the gates of the zoo, your entertainment options are endless, and most are free of charge.

The spring and summer months play host to hundreds of events — from numerous charitable walks and runs to family favourites such as Canada Day festivities and the Teddy Bears Picnic.
Here’s a quick run-down of what you’ll want to pencil in your calendar:

• Sunday, May 26 – Teddy Bears Picnic (Lyric Theatre);
• Sundays at 3 p.m. (June 23-Aug 25) – Jazz Series (Leo Mol Sculpture Garden);
Monday, July 1 – Canada Day Festivities (Lyric Theatre);
• July 23-26 – Ballet in the Park (Lyric Theatre);
• August 2, 9, 16, & 23 – Movies in the Park (Lyric Theatre);

To get you to and from the different areas of the park this spring and summer make sure to jump on the bright red 1967 Routemaster double-decker bus that will offer ‘jump on, jump off’ service around the park.

Assiniboine Park needs to be explored. I strongly encourage you to just start walking and see where you end up.

Enjoy this amazing place with your family and friends… and don’t forget your camera!

For complete details including a downloadable guide to Assiniboine Park, visit assiniboinepark.ca

Travis Mitchell is a community correspondent for Charleswood. Comments and story ideas can be sent to him at news@travismitchell.ca

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