Ottawa and the surrounding area has plenty to offer animal lovers. For those looking for petting zoos with farm animals to the more adventurous parties seeking reptiles and exotic animals, there is surely something suited to your needs near the national capital.
The following step by step list provides a strong and varied list of zoos, petting farms and parks that are sure to appease to the animal lover we all know. Many of the following provide educational experiences for young and old as well as a chance to interact with animals in a way that would otherwise not be available.
Located an hour's drive from Ottawa, Omega Park offers a drive thru safari experience where patrons stay in their car as many of the animals roam freely. The park is home to elk, moose, and wild boar that roam freely, while there are also buffaloes, black bears and wolves visible from the driving trail. Open year round, this park is a unique and fun experience for all ages. Carrots for feeding the animals can be purchased at the Welcome Centre.
With a wide and exotic collection of felines, primates, and hoofed animals Papanack is the Ottawa areas most diverse and traditional styled zoo.The zoo offers an excellent experience for children and large groups.
Little Ray's Reptile Zoo
Offering over 150 reptiles including giant pythons, alligators, cobras and tarantulas Little Ray's is an excellent location for class trips and birthday parties. Expect to spend close to 2 hours to fully experience all Ray's has to offer.
Valley View Little Animal Farm
This farm and petting zoo offers children and adults the opportunity to interact with farm animals in controlled and closed settings. Also offering a nature walk and train ride for children, this farm is an excellent way to spend a family trip.
Galloping Goat Farm
With a collection of ponies, goats, alpacas and pot-bellied pigs, animal lovers will surely enjoy everything this farm and petting zoo has to offer. A safe and clean experience for young and old alike.