Greater Vancouver Zoo
Greater Vancouver Zoo
3.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Open year-round and located only 45 minutes from Vancouver, Let your Curiosity come Alive at the Greater Vancouver Zoo! Discover the sights and sounds of over 140 species on 120 acres in the beautiful Fraser Valley!
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Nader G
    2 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Overall Great Experience
    Directions getting to the zoo was a piece of cake. The fish and chips and burgers were most reasonable and well prepared. Most of the animals seemed well looked after. The staff were all friendly and knowledgeable. The only area of disappointment was where the Giraffes were. Giraffes need a vast amount of land to gallop across [I know because I was born in Tanzania]. The area for the 3 Giraffes I saw was inadequate. In fact, if I recall correctly, the area they were fenced in was way smaller in comparison than that of where some of the other animals were such as Deer. Overall, a great experience.
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 3, 2023
  • Jean T
    1 contribution
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    An OK experience
    I did not know what to expect from this place. First the good. Most of the animal habitats, while not particularly attractive, are large enough to not be a concern for the animals well being, though I cannot speak to their care. The unattractiveness is from the chain link fencing everywhere which also affects viewing. The train is pretty fun, and gives a great view of a lot of the animals. We used it because it was too difficult to negotiate a lot of the paths with the wheelchair that my daughter is in. That's part of the bad, the poor condition of the walking paths. The worst thing though, was the lack of staff for the tickets, concessions etc. We waited in line 40 minutes for drinks. They would likely sell more concessions and gifts if they actually had better service.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written March 20, 2024
  • Travel25346533585
    167 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Vancouver Zoo
    Actually located well outside ofVancouver, The Greater Vancouver Zoo is well worth the Drive.. This was more of a Hobby Zoo that was set up by a wealthy person at some point. The Enclosures are large, the animals seem happy and well feed.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written March 25, 2024
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Travel25346533585
167 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Actually located well outside ofVancouver, The Greater Vancouver Zoo is well worth the Drive.. This was more of a Hobby Zoo that was set up by a wealthy person at some point. The Enclosures are large, the animals seem happy and well feed.
Written March 26, 2024
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islandsweety76
Vancouver Island, Canada25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
Took so many photos! Loved seeing all the animals, and spent some time near the flamingos while the Kangaroo's watched. Really enjoyed my time here.
Written March 21, 2024
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Jean T
1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
I did not know what to expect from this place. First the good. Most of the animal habitats, while not particularly attractive, are large enough to not be a concern for the animals well being, though I cannot speak to their care. The unattractiveness is from the chain link fencing everywhere which also affects viewing. The train is pretty fun, and gives a great view of a lot of the animals. We used it because it was too difficult to negotiate a lot of the paths with the wheelchair that my daughter is in. That's part of the bad, the poor condition of the walking paths. The worst thing though, was the lack of staff for the tickets, concessions etc. We waited in line 40 minutes for drinks. They would likely sell more concessions and gifts if they actually had better service.
Written March 20, 2024
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Arthur H
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
A colossal fail! Took my family of 5 including 2 grade school grand children to the Vancouver Zoo Christmas train. For $95 we did receive vouchers for a mediocre hot chocolate and a cold marshmallow/chocolate wafer (not anything like a smore) and a circle ride on the train. Our 430 pm train ride, which was to be the highlight, was decked in a single string of lights, a low quality audio narrative about animals (I think) which we could not see - it was getting dark and the animals were either asleep or indoors? I counted 5 small lit up displays which were not even at par for what we find walking around any residential area. Our grandkids politely sat and waited for something to grab their attention. They were happy to get off and return to the playground for a swing and slide.

The Vancouver Zoo could do SO much with their train experience. How about some holiday music, a Santa photo op, some Christmas lights around the rail line, some anchor displays, etc etc. With the Stanley Park train sold out and broken engines, this was a golden opportunity to gain some cred and establish a great family holiday tradition.

Save your money. Walk your neighborhood and go to a public park for a swing/slide.
Written December 18, 2023
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Mzz Aj
6 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
This zoo leaves a lot to be desired. It is not very handicap friendly. There were a lot of missing animals. No monkeys, no gorillas, I didn't see any reptiles either. There was 1 restroom in the front, then port a potties placed sporadically around. The map has to be downloaded and then it's based on continents as opposed to actual animals. The lemonade was not good either, it was just a disappointment. We make it a point to visit the zoo in Every city we go to. Thumbs down sorry.
Written August 14, 2023
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vmackmin
Lewiston, NY118 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
The zoo was quite large and had a lot of different animals. Most of the habitats were very nice. They were very natural looking. A lot of the animals were out moving around. The gift shop was very disappointing.
Written August 11, 2023
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Carol W
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Great zoo, we had a wonderful time visiting. They are constantly improving and adding new things.
Good value when you consider the cost of keeping animals
Written August 8, 2023
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Nader G
2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
Directions getting to the zoo was a piece of cake. The fish and chips and burgers were most reasonable and well prepared.
Most of the animals seemed well looked after. The staff were all friendly and knowledgeable.
The only area of disappointment was where the Giraffes were.
Giraffes need a vast amount of land to gallop across [I know because I was born in Tanzania]. The area for the 3 Giraffes I saw was inadequate. In fact, if I recall correctly, the area they were fenced in was way smaller in comparison than that of where some of the other animals were such as Deer.
Overall, a great experience.
Written August 3, 2023
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Charly R
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
Went to the zoo for my son to see today Sunday July 30th. Bought tickets ahead of time. The road to get there is different and while taking a right 72 and glover that merges onto highway 1....first merge non-issue and second merge I have been driving for 29th year without incident and checked my left side and was clear. Give left hand signal and about to merge when a Grey coloured sedan speeds by....luckily my vehicle has an alert system to tell me and I turn my signal off and let the vehicle go by and then merge. Get to the zoo, and then a young Indian male and female towards the back parking where overgrown weeds smoking Marijuana while I am parked with a less than 3 years old and trying to figure out parking. Then about to get going towards zoo entrance and maybe 50+ parking spots open this suspicious suv parks on my right side with 4 to 5 caucasian kids getting out and mom and dad nearby. I check my vehicle and the oldest? Caucasian son chomping down on something and I make eye contact and not impressed. I come back to my vehicle and it looks OK. Where is security?

The way people act inside the zoo doesn't matter indian, or whatever culture they belong to, it's like they never gave been inside a zoo before. Washrooms behind the Safari Grill restaurant are disgusting...Anyone checking on these and the answer is no. Safari Grill ordered the bacon cheese burger and slathered with mayo over the top and expected a beef patty but you get chicken. My wife had the veggie burger. Why not label products. Lady at the till says are you order #199 and I say yes and showed her my receipt and she still needed it in her hands.

It took forever to get on the train ride which was poorly managed and therefore we couldn't see the dinosaur area and get a gift. We could not get a gift from the main gift shop near the front entrance and even though there was time before closing. You have 1 guy in a small truck telling us closing time is at 5 pm and yet people still lingering behind well past 5 pm.

Finally on your website you ask to make a donation. After today's experience I will not only not make or consider a donation (I would have) nor are we returning. Almost 34 dollars for a cheap veggie burger, not a beef patty burger and so so fries doesn't sit well with me.

0 stars should be an option.

Visited on
Weekend

Wait time
No wait

Reservation recommended
Yes
Written July 31, 2023
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Wilma H
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
Had a really nice time at the zoo. Elizabeth was super friendly and helpful. Will come again. Thanks
Written June 13, 2023
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