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Calgary Zoo - Sergei Belski

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1300 Zoo Road Northeast

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Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend

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  • 4.0Facilities
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The massive Calgary Zoo houses nearly 1,000 animals – from tigers to gorillas – in enclosures that are representative of their natural habitats. Stop by Panda Passage to meet the zoo's two giant pandas or check out Canada's furry friends like moose and bears in the Canadian Wilds section. But the animals aren't the only reason to visit: The complex is also home to a sprawling botanical garden, featuring flora from across the world; and the Prehistoric Park, which showcases the region's history as a stomping ground for dinosaurs.

Many recent visitors agreed this zoo is a must-do for young families and for many, the pandas were a big highlight.

The zoo sits just east of downtown and can be reached by the CTrain – hop off at the "Zoo" station on the Northeast (blue) line. The Calgary Zoo is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (last admission at 5 p.m.). Admission costs about CA$30 for adults (around $23) and CA$20 for children ages 3 to 15 (about $15). Save CA$3 by purchasing your ticket online in advance. In addition, you can book a free timed ticket in the summer to visit the pandas. For more information, check out the zoo's website.

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