Journey to Churchill polar bear exhibit opens July 3, zoo prices hiked

WINNIPEG – The centrepiece Journey to Churchill exhibit is scheduled to open July 3 at the Assiniboine Park Zoo.

The opening date and an increased entrance fee were announced by the Assiniboine Park Conservancy on Monday.

“Once the Journey to Churchill is open, I guarantee if they have the time to invest in that visit they’ll be here at least four hours,” said Maragaret Redmond, President and CEO of the park conservancy. “They’ll have had a 360 degree theatre experience, they’ll have had world-class educational experience.

Zoo rates will increase from $10.24 for adults to $18.50 (plus five per cent GST), from $8.24 to $14.81 for seniors and youth, and from $6.62 to $10 for children.

“It is a jump, but it is a reflection of just a massive jump in terms of the quality of experience people will have when they come here,” said Remond.

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The exhibit will feature polar bears, arctic fox, muskox, snowy owl and seal habitats, an indoor 360-degree theatre film and interactive interpretive exhibits.

Journey to Churchill will showcase the zoo’s polar bears, with underwater tunnels among the viewing opportunities for visitors.

The zoo will close June 23 to July 2 to prepare for the opening, the conservancy said. The reopening July 3 will also mark the opening of the new zoo entrance under construction on Roblin Boulevard.

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