bee and butterfly

Butterfly + Bee Safari | August 18 – 19

This weekend, visitors can discover the wonderful world of butterflies, learn all about the importance of these beautiful pollinators, meet our Master Gardeners, and enjoy extra family-friendly activities in the enchanting Shirley Richardson Butterfly Garden.

The following activities will take place each day from 11 am to 2 pm (unless otherwise indicated):
  • Meet our Master Gardeners – learn about plants and get advice for your garden
  • Interpretive Station – learn about our participation in conservation efforts to save the Poweshiek Skipperling, a critically endangered grassland butterfly species
  • Monarch Teacher Society – learn about the life cycle of the monarch butterfly, the Monarch Watch Waystation Program, and check out variety of milkweed and pollinator plants
  • Craft Station – get your hands dirty and do a fun butterfly themed nature craft
  • Face Painting – our volunteers will transform kids into a beautiful butterfly
  • Butterfly Safari Zoo Chat – daily at 10 am and 3 pm
  • Gardening for Pollinators Zoo Chat – daily at 11 am

Enter to Win a Behind the Scenes Garden Tour
Stop by Wild Things Unique Gifts at the Zoo entrance and enter to win a behind the scenes Garden Tour with Kurtis Johnson, Horticulture Supervisor at Assiniboine Park Conservancy. Zoo admission is not required.

While you’re at the Zoo, don’t forget to check out Xtreme BUGS presented by Artis REIT where you can experience how the world would appear from a bug’s eye view while learning about butterflies , bees and other amazing insects!

Red Panda

Red Panda Weekend | September 1 & 2

Join us for a weekend of fun in honour of International Red Panda Day. Visit our activity stations to learn all about these amazing and beautiful creatures from our passionate Zoo team. Enjoy face painting, special keeper talks, fun photo booths, and more! You can also bid on a one-of-a-kind piece of art made by one of our very talented red pandas. Watch for more details coming soon.

visitors meeting heavy horse


Learn about our animals from the people who know them best! Our summer schedule of daily Zoo Chats runs through the September long weekend. Each month, we focus on a different conservation message. Get the most out of your experience and take in one or more of these Zoo Chats on your next Zoo visit!

  • Wagon Rides Daily are offered daily from 10:30 am - 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm at the McFeetors Heavy Horse Centre. Tickets are $3 / person and can be purchased at the kiosk located at the exhibit. 
  • A keeper will be available all day at the Kinsmen Discovery Barn to answer your questions.
  • Butterfly Talks begin on June 23. 

Parks Canada - Wapusk interpreters
Parks Canada


Riding Mountain National Park | Sundays, Mondays & Thursdays

Discover Riding Mountain National Park while visiting the Zoo! This national park is a great destination for viewing wildlife and an important ecological sanctuary for many of the forest and grassland species found at the Assiniboine Park Zoo.

Wapusk National Park | Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays

Wapusk National Park protects one of the earth’s largest polar bear denning areas, and is home to the Cape Churchill Caribou Herd. This park, on the shores of Hudson Bay in northern Manitoba, is an important natural laboratory, attracting researchers from around the world.
  • SUNDAYS | 9:30 AM TO 4:30 PM
  • MONDAYS | 9:30 AM TO 4:30 PM
  • TUESDAYS | 11:30 AM TO 3:00 PM (BEGINNING JULY 10)
  • WEDNESDAYS | 9:30 AM TO 4:30 PM
  • THURSDAYS | 9:30 AM TO 4:30 PM
  • FRIDAYS | 9:30 AM TO 4:30 PM
  • SATURDAYS | 9:30 AM TO 4:30 PM