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“It's ok to visit once every few years” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Greater Vancouver Zoo

Greater Vancouver Zoo
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Open year round and located only 45 minutes from Vancouver, Step Into The Wild at the largest zoo in BC! Discover the sights and sounds of over 500 animals (140 species) on 120 acres of land in the beautiful Fraser Valley! Experience the Zoo your way by bringing your own wagons, roller blades, bikes, skateboards, and picnic lunches. Ride the miniature train, watch a variety of daily educational talks & feedings and be sure to catch one of the Birds of Prey presentations! The playground and large picnic areas are great for birthdays, company BBQ's, group events or family picnics. In the summer, spend a Night In The Wild as you camp overnight inside the Zoo, and be sure to sign up for one of our popular Junior Zoologist Day Camps! Since 1970, the Greater Vancouver Zoo is focused on enriching our guests experiences with entertaining enriching activities about the wonderful world of animals.
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Vancouver
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82 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“It's ok to visit once every few years”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2012

They really are trying here, but compared to many bigger Zoo's you won't get nearly the same experience for what you pay. Very little parking too.

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Calgary, Canada
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“A Nice Place for a Walk”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2012

We purchased an annual Family Pass last year and have used it 4 times. We like to go there on sunny days for a nice leisurely walk. For us the GV Zoo is more of a park than a traditional zoo. We go there to stretch our legs and get some exercise.

We have yet to purchase our annual passes for this year. We noticed that the prices have gone up. It is now $182.50 per family (2 adults/3 children) for the annual pass and $66.25 per family for a 1x visit.

The bike cart rentals are nice and since they are covered and have seats for the little ones it keeps everyone dry and together if the weather isn't as nice.

Included in your membership you get 1 free train ride per visit. We use this every time we go as our son loves trains! The train ride comes with a tour guide who explains the different enclosures and current happenings at the zoo. It's a decent ride and the timing is good.

If you are expecting the Calgary or San Diego Zoo's you will be sadly disappointed. The Zoo used to be called the game farm and is set up that way (large sectioned off fields and pathways). On the upside there is very little concrete and the environment feels natural.

If you haven't been to the Zoo in awhile you will be pleasantly surprised to find new porta-potties throughout the zoo. This is a nice addition when you have young children with you since you used to have to walk quite a distance to get to a bathroom.

Visited March 2012
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Abbotsford, Canada
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Never again”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 March 2012

Grounds weren't kept neat. Toilets were the most disgusting i have ever seen.

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Vancouver, Canada
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39 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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“Not worth the trip!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2012

This is the worst Zoo I have ever visited! At the end of my visit I felt very sad for the poor animals that have to live here. This Zoo should be closed.

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Langley City, Canada
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26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Born free”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2012

The animals here are not kept in microscopic cages . They are usually wide open fields with some representation of their natural habitat . The wolf and Bear display is the best . They actually take you inside via atour bus and you do a short tour with a close-up encounter with the animals. the kids will be in awww

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