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Places to Hangout with Animals in Toronto

Concrete getting you down? Wolves of Bay Street not your thing? If you’d like to unleash your inner 6-year-old and visit the animals or perhaps entertain the idea of providing Homeward Bound-style voiceovers, scroll below and take note!

High Park Zoo

The largest public park in the big smoke is home to a year-round animal attraction that is home to over 45 animals that range from bison to llamas, sheep to reindeer. Donated to the city by Toronto architect John George Howard and his wife Jemima Frances Meikle, the space ranges 165 acres. And admission is free!

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For animal lovers and fans of The Strokes, Reptilia is a giant reptile and amphibian zoo in Vaughan that proudly features Induna, the 14-foot, 1,000 pound Nile crocodile and The King cobra, which partakes in daily feedings where they dine on chickens, rats and more.

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Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada

Located near the Rogers Centre and CN Tower, it features North America’s longest viewing tunnel, more than 5.7 million litres of water and over 16,000 animals. All of those numbers and you’re still reading this suggestion? Lock it down!


Riverdale Farm

Found within Cabbagetown, it’s the nursery rhyme of Old McDonald brought to life with plenty of cows, horses, donkeys, sheep, goats, pigs, chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese, rabbits and farm cats. There are plenty of scenic pathways, rustic houses and ADMISSION IS FREE!

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Toronto Zoo

It’s the Toronto Zoo! Remember those grade four school trips? It’s still just as incredibly fascinating and massive with over 5,000 animals that represent 500 species that are divided into seven zoogeographic (real word) regions: Indo-Malaya, Africa, Americas, Australasia, Eurasia, Canadian Domain and the Tundra Trek. It’s Canada’s premier zoo and they’re soon upgrading their old monorail with a hovering, driverless train while earning accreditation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums after they had their status revoked in 2012.

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