Assiniboine Park Conservancy

  • Young visitors enjoy the Seal habitat in the Zoo’s Journey to Churchill exhibit.

    Photo: Assiniboine Park Conservancy

  • Families enjoy wagon rides at the McFeetors Heavy Horse Centre year-round.

    Photo: Assiniboine Park Conservancy

  • The Crow’s Nest in the Nature Playground, generously supported by Investors Group.

    Photo: Assiniboine Park Conservancy

  • The Qualico Family Centre is a popular Park destination, built with generous support from Great-West Life.

    Photo: Assiniboine Park Conservancy

  • Ivan Eyre with his sculpture Plains Call outside the iconic Pavilion building at its reopening in September 2016.

    Photo: Assiniboine Park Conservancy

  • A rendering of Assiniboine Park’s next stunning attraction: Canada’s Diversity Gardens.

    Photo: Concept Rendering Only, Assiniboine Park Conservancy

BY THE NUMBERS

5 million people visit the Park every year

338 volunteers donated 41,000+ hours of service to the Park in 2017

17,786 students participated in programs at the Park & Zoo in 2017, 4,026 of which were fully subsidized

10,500 Zoo visitors took advantage of carriage rides at the McFeetors Heavy Horse Centre

Its opening is scheduled in late 2020

Gem of Nature and Culture Helps Define Winnipeg’s Unique Character

Nestled in the very heart of the city along the shores of the Assiniboine River, Winnipeg’s Assiniboine Park is an oasis for adventure, discovery and four seasons of family fun. The Park and its various components are managed by the Assiniboine Park Conservancy (APC), a charitable organization founded in 2008. For more than a century, Assiniboine Park has been a central gathering space for citizens and visitors to the city.

More than five million visitors every year visit the Park to connect with nature, engage with wildlife, take in art and entertainment, and pursue physical activity. The Park is home to popular attractions like the Assiniboine Park Zoo, Nature Playground, Qualico Family Centre, Lyric Theatre, The Pavilion, and Leo Mol Sculpture Garden. Canada’s Diversity Gardens, the final major phase of APC’s Imagine a Place campaign, will soon become a defining feature of the Park’s landscape.

Heart of the Park

The Heart of the Park was the first section transformed as part of the Assiniboine Park Conservancy’s Imagine a Place campaign. This includes the Qualico Family Centre and Park Café, the expanded Riley Family Duck Pond and the very popular Nature Playground. Visitors to this area of the Park also enjoy the iconic Pavilion, home to the largest collection of works by Manitoba artists Ivan Eyre, Walter J. Phillips and Clarence Tillenius, as well as entertainment at the outdoor Lyric Theatre and the beautiful Leo Mol Sculpture Garden.

Assiniboine Park Zoo

Home to more than 170 animal species, the Zoo is a favourite destination for families, tourists, school groups, and animal lovers of all ages and is set on over 80 well-groomed acres. Under the attentive hand of the Conservancy, the Zoo is undergoing a major transformation as one element of APC’s 10-year redevelopment plan for the entire park.

The revitalization includes new habitats designed to meet modern standards in care for the animals, enhanced facilities for visitors, and a more proactive contribution to environmental education, research and conservation in Manitoba. One such exhibit is the McFeetors Heavy Horse Centre (named after former Great-West Lifeco CEO and Chairman Ray McFeetors).

Supported by Power Corporation, another is the award-winning Journey to Churchill, home to polar bears, muskoxen, Arctic fox, and seals. As Margaret Redmond, APC President and CEO, said: “The Assiniboine Park Zoo offer exceptional experiences, providing visitors with unique opportunities to observe the animals and natural beauty of Manitoba’s north. Power Corporation has a long history of generous community philanthropy and we are so grateful to have their support.”

The Zoo’s Journey to Churchill also includes the Leatherdale International Polar Bear Conservation Centre, a hub for environmental and wildlife research and conservation. This state-of-the-art facility helps ensure Manitoba remains a centre of global influence in polar bear conservation while providing a unique experience for visitors.

Canada’s Diversity Gardens

For generations of Manitobans, the Assiniboine Park Conservatory was a symbol of horticultural excellence. As part of the redevelopment plan, the Conservatory will be replaced by an enriched horticultural attraction: Canada’s Diversity Gardens. The Conservatory closed permanently after a community farewell celebration on April 2, 2018.

Canada’s Diversity Gardens will use plants as a medium to tell the story of the cultural relationships between our country’s citizens and plant life.

The centrepiece of Canada’s Diversity Gardens will be The Leaf, an architecturally brilliant 6,000+ square metre facility, featuring four distinct zones that transport visitors through entirely different climates and environments. It will be a living classroom where school groups of all ages will participate in environmental education year-round. A botanical thread will weave through all activities, moving well beyond the traditional classroom by creating a living learning lab that will foster engagement, investigation and exploration.

“Through its Group companies, Great-West Lifeco and IGM Financial, Power Corporation has a long and proud history with the City of Winnipeg,” says Ray McFeetors. “We recognize that the Assiniboine Park is an urban gem and a cultural touchstone for the city and its residents. We proudly support and applaud the efforts of the Conservancy to ensure this public asset remains vital and relevant to the many communities it serves.”

The Assiniboine Park Zoo offer exceptional experiences, providing visitors with unique opportunities to observe the animals and natural beauty of Manitoba’s north. Power Corporation has a long history of generous community philanthropy and we are so grateful to have their support.
Margaret Redmond
President and CEO
APC

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