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Assiniboine Park Zoo

Hot Shopping: Editor’s Picks: Top 5 Winnipeg Toy Stores

Hatchin’ Grow Dino from the Children’s Museum Shop

Unleash your inner child with fun trinket and knick-knack stores at some of Winnipeg’s greatest family attractions. These toy stores will keep your kids, and yourself, amused for hours.

1. In the heart of the historic Exchange District, the stacked shelves at Toad Hall Toys will peak your interest. Pick up a Big Bang Rocket for a day of outdoor play. Simply fling overhead, let go and watch it fly sky-high, eventually hitting the ground with a bang. 204-956-2195, 54 Arthur St. (more…)

Mega-morphosis at the Newly Updated Assiniboine Park Zoo

Animals are second nature to Assiniboine Park Zoo, and this year’s dramatic transformation has made the site a natural choice for Where Winnipeg’s 2012 Best New Attraction of the Year.


We all remember touring zoos as children with wide, curious eyes. Young and old experience that same magical wonderment exploring Assiniboine Park Zoo’s newly upgraded animal exhibits. Assiniboine Park Conservancy’s exciting $200 million expansion has completed its first phase, with a revamped Duck Pond, and construction of Nature Playground and Qualico Family Centre. With $120 million earmarked for a dramatic zoo makeover; Toucan Ridge, Shirley Richardson Butterfly Garden, International Polar Bear Conservation Centre and Birds in Flight have emerged as four signature attractions, making Asia, the boreal forest, the Arctic and the Prairies accessible right here at home. Completion of a state-of-the-art 10-acre polar bear habitat, Journey to Churchill, will wrap up the renovation project by 2014. (more…)

Assiniboine Park Zoo Named Best Summer Attraction 2012 by Where Winnipeg

Each summer, regional Where editors announce their picks for Canada’s Best New Summer Attractions.

Assiniboine Park Zoo has completed two new attractions as part of a $120 million expansion plan to be completed in 2014 with a state-of-the-art polar bear exhibit, Journey to Churchill. This year’s makeover phase actualized a South American tropical house of lush, jungle vegetation showcasing species such as Caiman crocodiles, a 2,000-square-foot enclosed butterfly garden with more than 700 winged creatures, a live-action birds-of-flight show, and an educational International Polar Bear Conservation Centre.

“Assiniboine Park Zoo is one of Winnipeg’s most extraordinary places, and has been an integral part of our urban life for decades. Many lasting memories have been formed while kids of all ages have discovered its magic. This makeover will attract people from all over the province and beyond, and keeps this family attraction a great reason to visit Winnipeg,” says Where Winnipeg publisher Laurie Hughes.

“The changes underway are going to transform the Assiniboine Park Zoo into a world-class attraction that  all Manitobans can be proud of,” said Margaret Redmond, President & CEO of the Assiniboine Park Conservancy. “We are thrilled that the community is enjoying the new additions so far and I can assure you this is just the beginning.”


Where Winnipeg Announces 2012 Silver Plume Award Winners

Wednesday Where Winnipeg magazine proudly hosted its 21st annual Silver Plume Awards, an afternoon celebration of hotel hospitality excellence that took place at Assiniboine Park Zoo. Every year the event is held at Where Winnipeg‘s selected top summer attraction. Awards are handed out to local hotel and hospitality personnel in recognition of outstanding service.

Pictured above are the Silver Plume 2012 winners with publisher Laurie Hughes. The winners are (from left to right):

Guest Services/Front Desk: Yusuf Kacamak, Place Louis Riel

Kitchen: Jason MacLeod, The Fairmont Winnipeg

Food Service: Tysa Telfer, Delta Winnipeg

Housekeeping: Laura Wiebe accepting on behalf of Dece Tormon, The Fort Garry Hotel

Bell Desk: Willy Ubaldo, The Fairmont Winnipeg



Where Winnipeg’s 2012 Silver Plume Awards at Assiniboine Park Zoo

You are cordially invited to join Laurie Hughes, publisher of Where Winnipeg, on June 27, 2012, as she recognizes Assiniboine Park Zoo, with its recent additions of Toucan Ridge, Shirley Richardson Butterfly Garden, the International Polar Bear Conservation Centre and Birds in Flight, as the 2012 Silver Plume Attraction of the Year, chosen annually by the regional editors of Where. The Silver Plume Award recognizes outstanding service in the local hotel and hospitality industry. (more…)