Cottage Country’s Favorite Roadside Zoo

The Elmvale Jungle Zoo is one of our favorite Ontario attractions, and a must to visit this summer.

The Elmvale Jungle Zoo

Well, summer travel might look a little different this year, but that didn’t stop us from visiting The Elmvale Jungle Zoo. It’s a short drive north of Toronto, and it’s the perfect activity to do especially with young children.

At two and a half, Penelope was so excited to see the different animals. Even as a parent I was excited to visit and see everything at the zoo. It’s a perfect family activity to add to your Summer Bucket List.

Keep reading to find out more about the Elmvale Jungle Zoo and what we learned about the attraction.

The Elmvale Jungle Zoo

I’m glad that we decided to make it a family outing and got my parents to come with us. My dad had never been before and he was very impressed after speaking to one of the caretakers there.

We learned that the animals aren’t moved like we previously thought, instead, they have all the facilities on the site to house and take care of them during the winter months. That way it reduces the stress of travel for the animals and they get to remain with the caretakers they know and love.

Planning a Trip to The Elmvale Jungle Zoo

Since the pandemic there we’re safety protocols in place that weren’t there in previous years. Visitors we’re being asked to register before coming so they can adhere to the provincial guidelines for Ontario businesses. However, the zoo has since relaxed its requirements and you can either purchase tickets online or at the door.

How much does it cost to visit?

The cost of visiting was under $80 for all four of us plus my daughter (under 2 get in for free).

What animals are at the Elmvale Jungle Zoo?

When it comes to the types of animals you will see, most of them have been at this zoo for years. Some of the animals you can expect to see are:

  • Donkeys
  • Camels
  • Buffalo
  • Macaws
  • Eagles
  • Lemurs
  • Tigers
  • Lions
  • Gibbons
  • Giraffes

and so many more! You can find the full list here.

What to Bring to the Elmvale Jungle Zoo?

note: The facilities are peanut and smoke-free.

I recommend bringing snacks, and water to the park as the snack bar is not open at this time. We forgot our water in the car, but we were able to purchase some on the property. But other than that I would suggest dressing according to the weather and wearing good shoes to walk around. The park does have a lot of shade along the trails but that also means there are a lot of mosquitos.

It would be up to your discretion but the three things I would suggest bringing are sunscreen, mosquito repellant, and water.

Why we love the Elmvlae Zoo

While the price was under $20 per person I would have still paid more. It was a very enjoyable experience for everyone who went. We all learned about the animals and the zoo, but most of all we could see how well the animals are cared for.

I’ve been to several zoos across North America and even Europe, but this is by far one of my favorites. The animals are all quite content and cared for. I didn’t see many of them walking back and forth as animals in zoos sometimes do, instead, they looked very comfortable. Not to mention meeting and talking to their caretakers was nice to understand the love they have for their animals. Plus the zoo is independently owned

So if you are looking for something to do this summer with your little ones or as a family activity I highly suggest visiting The Elmvale Jungle Zoo.

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