This zoo located at the western tip of the Island of Montreal is a good place to go for half a day, all year round. At the zoo you will find species from North America like prey birds, wolves, foxes, lynx, caribou and many more. This is not a regular zoo, it is a wildlife sanctuary where most of the animals are orphans, rehabilitated or born within the zoo enclosure.
Address: 21125, Chemin Sainte-Marie, Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, H9X 3Y7, QC
Drive: About 30 minutes from downtown Montreal
Opening hours: open 364 days a year, from 9am-5pm
Entrance fees: adults (16 – 64 years old) : $14,75, seniors (65 years old & over) : $12,00, children (3 – 15 years old) : $8,50, toddlers (2 years old & under): free
There is no restaurant at the zoo. Within the main building there is a seating area for lunch and some vending machines
Suitable for baby strollers
Once you enter the main building you will have the ticket booth on your right next to the shop. Don’t forget to ask the staff about shows during the day. We were lucky to watch the otters being fed and to hear explanations from a guide about the animal’s characteristics.
We started the walk on the right once exiting the main building. We circled the zoo and ended the walk on the wooden pathway that reaches the main building. The zoo is small and easy to navigate. At each enclosure there is an explanation about the animal and its habitat. At the centre of the zoo, behind the duck enclosure, there is a small playground for kids with some balancing wooden games.