EXPLORE QUEBEC | A SUMMER DAY AT PARC SAFARI

With a dromedary camel on one side of you and massive yaks strolling past you on the opposite side, this unique zoo is one of the only places in North America that will leave you feeling like you’re on your own African safari in the comfort of your own vehicle.

In this sort of series that I’ve been doing on my blog showcasing places to visit and explore around Quebec, the next place I’ll be showing you guys is the Parc Safari found in Hemmingford, Quebec, a small town found about an hour away from Montreal.

Operations began at the Parc Safari almost 50 years ago in 1972 and has been a popular tourist destination for thousands of visitors ever since. Though smaller in size compared to other zoos in Quebec such as the Granby Zoo and the Parc Omega in Montebello, it makes up for in both uniqueness and variety of animals. Close to 500 animals call Parc Safari their home and among those there are 75 different species. The vast majority of the animals found are of Asian and African descent with examples of four legged friends you can see here including hyenas, cheetahs, water buffalo, and wallabies.

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One of the most unique things about Parc Safari and evidently the main attraction is the safari portion of the zoo. Guests are able to drive along a 4 kilometer trail through the animal enclosures to get up close and personal with creatures such as yaks and ostriches. Visitors are invited to interact with these animals by petting and even feeding them, all while staying seated in your car.

 

Some other unique areas that can be found throughout Parc Safari include a small water park, an elevated boardwalk in the middle of a field filled with giraffes and zebras and a lion and tiger tunnel where visitors can walk right through the big cats’ enclosures to get up close and personal with these beasts. There is also the farm of five continents which displays farm animals that can be found around the world from the farm animals we’re familiar with such as horses and chickens as well as more exotic farm animals including emus, capybaras, fennec foxes, and donkeys.

 

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For more information or to plan your own day trip, be sure to visit Parc Safari’s website.

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