Do you have a wildlife lover in your family? Ontario might be the last place you think of when it comes to wildlife viewing, but you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the amount of activities to see wildlife in the area. Skip an expensive trip to the jungles of South America or the African plains and see everything Ontario can offer you.
Haliburton Forest and Wild Life Reserve
Located on 80,000 acres, this forested reserve is home to numerous lakes, rivers, and pristine wetlands. The onsite Wolf Centre has a pair of alpha wolves and their siblings/offspring, who all have free range of the 15 acre refuge. There are also various exhibits, a small theatre, a gift shop, and an observation area where you can observe the wolves’ feeding times.
Jungle Cat World Wildlife Park
If you’ve been hankering for the opportunity to view some of the world’s most endangered wild cats, then you don’t need to look any farther than Jungle Cat World. There are 60 species of animals at the park, including 31 species of mammals and 12 species of birds. See Amur leopards, Bengal tigers, ocelots, jaguars, and snow leopards. You’ll also get to see Arctic wolves, hyenas, and various species of primates.
African Lion Safari
Go on a 9 km drive in your own vehicle or on the guided safari bus where you’ll catch glimpses of the park’s pride of lions, an elusive cheetah, giraffes, and even a rhino! After you’ve gone through the game reserve, you can go on a walking tour where you’ll see the park’s variety of birds and the family of cheerful elephants.
Elmvale Jungle Zoo
This 25 acre zoo is home to more than 300 animals from around the world. You’ll see animals from countries like Australia, Africa, and Asia and see live interactions with the zoo’s reptiles, birds, and a handful of their mammalian species. The children’s petting area allows your kids to feed a pond of rainbow trout and interact with the zoo’s large family of ducks and geese.
If your love of wildlife extends far beyond that of dry land, you’ll be in heaven when you get to see Marineland’s array of marine mammals. Friendship Cove is home to breathtaking killer whales while Arctic Cove allows guests to get up close and personal with playful beluga whales. The Fun-Filled Show delights guests with amazing dolphin tricks and the adorable antics of chubby walruses.
Don’t feel like you need to spend your Ontario vacation buried in the concrete jungle to have the trip of your wildlife-loving dreams. In between your souvenir hunting for custom t shirts Toronto and experiencing Ontario’s diverse activities, check out some of Ontario’s best efforts at wildlife conservation.
Photo by Michael Gil