Montreal’s concrete jungle features squirrels, chipmunks, and pigeons. None of whom really have the same effect as a lion’s roar.
Starting next weekend, however, the king of the jungle can be seen up close and personal with a swift drive over the bridge to the gorgeous town of Hemmingford, Quebec.
Parc Safari opens its gates to their 47th season this weekend and they’ve got over 500 animals, exciting rides, and fun activities to keep you going back all season long.
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- The first show at Old Montreal's PY1 pyramid debuts on June 1
- Florence + the Machine are performing in Montreal on May 28
The park starts off with the “Safari Adventure” where guests can get close to exotic animals like never before. While driving to the main park entrance, the optional adventure path allows for the more docile but equally large animals to check you out in your car.
Oh, how the tables have turned.
Animals on the “Safari Adventure” include buffalo, zebras, llamas, gazelles, ostriches, deer, peacocks, and camels. You’re encouraged to feed and pet the animals during the low-speed trek and you’ll always want to keep your windshield wipers handy. Your car might get dirty but it’s worth it.
It’s not often you get to brag about llama saliva on your windshield.
Once inside the park, you’re free to explore the massive playground at your own leisure.
According to the park’s website, Parc Safari put in over $4 million worth of renovations for the upcoming 2019 season.
Check out The Reptilium Pavilion to get your fix of snakes, chameleons, iguanas, alligators, and spiders.
The enchanted Deer Trail allows you to pet and feed spotted deer up close and the Lion’s Tunnel and Tiger Haven has enclosed, glass tunnels that let you walk scarily close to the majestic felines.
The Forest Trail is an elevated walkway that gives onlookers a gorgeous vantage point looking down on monkeys, hyenas, cheetahs, wolves, and bears.
Safari Expedition boards you on an M35 truck where a professional driver and zoologist give you an up-close encounter with giraffes, rhinoceroses, and elephants.
Since May and June are considered to be the park’s low-season, admission prices are very moderately priced. Toddlers aged 2 to 5 are charged $10 to enter, $20 for children and seniors and adult fares go for $27. Season passes are also available at a discount during low season.
Enjoy the thrills of the safari and the jungle while having the luxury of keeping your passport at home.
When: Weekends starting May 17 and then every day from June 1 – October 8
Time: 10 am – 5 pm
Where: 280 Rang Roxham, Hemmingford
Price: Prices vary depending on age. Tickets available at the entrance or online