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A Kid-Friendly Ontario Vacation

Create an Animal Lover’s Itinerary

child at petting zoo

Kids enjoy the Elmvale Jungle Zoo

Put down those Zoobooks, because we’re heading to the Elmvale Jungle Zoo in southern Ontario. Set just north of Barrie near the Georgian Bay, the Elmvale Jungle Zoo is an animal lover’s paradise on 25 acres.

The combined zoo and aquarium features over 300 animals from May until the Thanksgiving holiday. Enjoy a nature walk at the zoo – first established in 1967 – and stroll past new friends from South America, Australia, Asia, and Africa. 

Take your time in the petting zoo feeding Elmvale Jungle Zoo’s community of goats and sheep, snap a picture of an African lion, or stick around for interactive demonstrations by the zookeepers – happening daily from May through Labour Day.

The zoo also features a snack bar, picnic area, and a playground. Cap off your day at the zoo with a stroll through the gift shop, and a comfortable night in at the Best Western hotel in Barrie.

For more animal heavy attractions in Ontario, head to Kingsville in the southern part of the province for the Jack Miner Bird Sanctuary. This century-old, 400-acre sanctuary is a quick, two-hour drive southwest of London, and perfect for bird watching enthusiasts and those looking to explore outdoor Ontario.

Grab a fistful of barley and hand feed the ducks and geese, and stand back to admire magnificent peacocks, tundra swans, and wild turkeys. Relax with a picnic at the Jack Miner Bird Sanctuary, sign up for an educational tour, or take a walk through the Jack Miner Museum.

Admittance to the sanctuary and museum is free, so pack up the kids, get the camera ready, and enjoy a day in Ontario’s stunning surroundings. More wildlife viewing is found at the nearby Kennedy Woods.

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Best Western Hotels Along the Way:


Best Western Barrie

35 Hart Drive, Barrie ON L4N 5M3
Phone: +1 705-721-4848  |  Fax: (705) 722-3688  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »


Best Western Plus Lamplighter Inn & Conference Centre

591 Wellington Road S, London ON N6C 4R3
Phone: +1 519-681-7151  |  Fax: (519) 681-3271  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »


Best Western Plus Stoneridge Inn & Conference Centre

6675 Burtwistle Ln, London ON N6L 1H5
Phone: +1 519-652-6022  |  Fax: (519) 652-1150  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

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