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“Good place for a family outing” 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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Cloverdale, BC, Canada
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33 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“Good place for a family outing”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2012

It has had some problems the last couple of years, but I still think that it could use the support of the public to come and view animals that alot of people wouldn't otherwise get to see...
It is a great place for an all day stroll.

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Vancouver, Canada
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“Good for toddlers”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2012

We had a good trip to the zoo and our toddler loved the train ride and seeing some of the animals up close. Although we had a good time, this zoo definitely needs a renovation and it isnt cheap - we stayed for 2 hrs and it cost over $20 an adult plus $5 each for the train and $6 parking.

Visited April 2012
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Kamloops, Canada
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“It was amazing”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2012

You guys are lying that zoo should never be closed down!!!!!! They do keep their grounds clean. I am 9 but after looking at your comments I think my opinion matters. For the people that are Aldergrove fans and Zoo fans ignore those fake comments. The Zoo is beautiful, some spots they can't keep clean but that's only because they've got like 800 animals, plus the people that litter! They sell delicious food there, and a huge playgroung for the kids to play in. People may disagree but then maybe it was dirty when they went. Okay can we agree that it can be pretty and it can be disgusting. But you parents may not know that kids LOVE getting dirty. I'm a girly girl and I still love getting myself COVERED in dirt and mud, and I won't settle until all I am is mud and dirt. Okay so maybe some people don't like it but I love it so listen to me, MY FAVOURITE PLACE TO GO IN ALDERGROVE IS THE BEAUTIFUL ZOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Say that and choose your oppion or mine :)

Visited April 2012
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Vancouver
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82 reviews
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“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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76 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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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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