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The Assiniboine Park Zoo will be closed from June 23 – July 2, 2014 to prepare for the opening of the Journey to Churchill Exhibit.

The closure will allow for paint touch ups, landscaping, repair work, and will give the animals time to acclimatize to their new environments.

The highly anticipated 10-acre Journey to Churchill Exhibit will feature expansive new habitats for polar bears, arctic foxes, muskox, snowy owls and seals. It will also feature an eight minute film experience inside Manitoba’s largest 360-degree theatre. There will be a lot of interactive elements in the exhibit plus an incredible underwater viewing tunnel that will showcase swimming polar bears!

“Journey to Churchill will open as the greatest northern species Zoo exhibit anywhere in the world” said Margaret Redmond, President & CEO of the Assiniboine Park Conservancy (APC).

New Zoo rates will also come into effect July 3, 2014. General Adult admission will go up from $10.24 to $18.50. However, to make the Zoo an accessible destination for all Manitobans, they’ve introduced Ten-Dollar Tuesdays where anyone can come to the Zoo for only $10. The free admission age has been moved from under two to under three.