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Best Outdoor Attractions This Spring

These attractions are all open, COVID-safe and eagerly awaiting visitors, so start your springtime adventures today.

Assiniboine Park Zoo

A variety of exotic animals like red pandas, Amur tigers, gibbons and snow leopards call the zoo home. Don’t miss the award-winning Journey to Churchill exhibit, which features polar bears and other arctic species, and teaches about biodiversity and conservation. The annual Zoo Lights festival is on every Tuesday-Sunday evening until the end of March and free Virtual Family Camps include sessions on birding, sustainability and more.

Fortwhyte Alive

A rural oasis inside the city, FortWhyte offers more than 600 acres of aspen forest, tall grass prairie, scenic lakes, hiking trails and floating marsh boardwalks. Hike one of the four trails to the sod house, floating boardwalk and bird feeding station. Safety adaptations include opening the Nature Shop to 25% capacity and limiting groups to a maximum of ten people. The urban green-space also offers virtual programming including trivia nights, creature features and outdoor skill-building sessions.

Oak Hammock Marsh

Canada Geese are returning to this 36-square kilometre marshland and so can you! The wetlands of Oak Hammock Marsh are home to 300 species of birds. Spot the winged wildlife perched in the tall grasses as you stroll down the boardwalk. The tall, grassy maze opens up to the ground squirrel park, located next to a picnic area. Or head upstairs to the interpretive centre’s grass-covered roof for a bird’s eye view of the wetlands. The centre’s café is open Wednesday to Sunday and online events, like the Virtual Spring Camps, make family fun even more accessible.