Embrace your animal nature at Assiniboine Park Zoo, home to more than 200 species and 2,000-plus individual residents. Come face to face with a menagerie of cuddly critters and exotic beasts—everything from lions, tigers, zebras and kangaroos to cold-climate mainstays like caribou, bison and polar bears.

Watch polar bears swim overhead in the Sea Ice Passage, an underwater viewing tunnel running through the Gateway to the Arctic. Stop by the International Polar Bear Conservation Centre, a world-class research facility and interpretive gallery that teaches visitors about Arctic ecosystems. Or visit the Polar Playground for climbing, sliding, exploring fun!

All are part of the Zoo's Journey to Churchill exhibit, a 10-acre showcase of northern wildlife and landscapes. The most comprehensive project of its kind in Canada, the exhibit brings the wonders of the North to Winnipeg, allowing visitors to experience boreal forests and tundra coastlines without leaving the city. In addition to a growing family of polar bears, Journey to Churchill is home to wolves, whooping cranes and seals.

Heed the call of the jungle while surrounded by monkeys, ocelots and flamingoes at Toucan Ridge, a tropical oasis devoted to plant and animal life from Central and South America. Or set your heart aflutter with a tour of the Shirley Richardson Butterfly Gallery, a seasonal exhibit that pairs native species with vibrant perennials