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We are a unique facility offering attractions to people of all ages. Located just north of downtown 
Peterborough, Riverview Park and Zoo is a fabulous place to enjoy a leisurely stroll in a peaceful and
tranquil setting while experiencing the natural beauty of Peterborough.

We are Canada's only free-admission accredited zoo. Donations make us possible.

Be sure to visit our Conservation Exhibit on your next visit!

News and Special Events

School's out for summer! Whether you're a frequent local resident, a first-time visitor or making a return trip from out of town, we look forward to welcoming you to Riverview Park and Zoo. During the summer operating season both our miniature train ride and splash pad are available, weather and maintenance permitting. We suggest checking the website ahead of your trip as we do our best to post alert banners along the top of the screen if either are known to be unavailable.

During July and August, our seasonal Conservation Exhibit is up and running. Stop by the Dobbin Building, located along the river just ahead of the miniature train ride, to see more interesting animal exhibits and interactive displays! Special conservation exhibit partner days are also planned throughout the summer with groups such as Bird Friendly Peterborough and the OFAH. Available weekdays from 10AM to 2PM and on weekends from 10AM to 3PM.

Don't forget to visit our newest animal additions, a pair of two-toed sloths! Located beside the squirrel monkeys, chances are you'll find Lambo and Masie either sleeping or hanging out in their newly renovated exhibit. The sloths are now available to symbolically adopt as part of our animal adoption program with 100% of the proceeds going toward animal care. 

Youth can still register for our two-day Bondar Challenge camp held here at the zoo from August 15-16. Recommended for ages 9-15, kids can develop their photography skills by capturing the natural environment around them. Participants then select their favorite photograph to submit to the Canada-wide Roberta Bondar Challenge contest with prizes to be won!

City of Peterborough residents are welcome to reserve one of our covered picnic shelters until Thanksgiving, however only weekday availability remains until September. A reminder our snack bar will be unavailable for the 2024 season but pop vending machines are scattered throughout the park and we have a number of free water bottle filling stations to help keep you hydrated.

Riverview Park and Zoo is proud to be Canada's only FREE accredited zoo, open daily from 8:30AM until dusk all year round. Donations are always greatly appreciated and help make us possible. We hope to see you soon!

The Riverview Park and Zoo Team

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About Riverview Park & Zoo

We are proud to be the only free admission accredited zoo in Canada. Operated as a department of Peterborough Utilities Commission since 1933.

Advancement and growth has been made possible through generous donations and support from community members, local businesses and visitors.

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