Riverview Park and Zoo

Riverview Park and Zoo

Riverview Park and Zoo

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.

For decades, the park and zoo have attracted over a quarter of a million visitors a year. And no wonder – the zoo features 25+ exhibits, with over 48 species, including Yak, Camel, Two-Toed Sloth, Wallaby, Emu, River Otter, Squirrel Monkey, Crocodile, Sichuan Takin, Meerkat and more! The park covers 55.5 acres and includes the largest and most diversified playground in the city. It also features equipment for physically-challenged children. With a splash pad, frisbee golf course, walking trails, a miniature train ride, and beautiful gardens we have something for everyone.

Background and History

The Riverview Park and Zoo began in 1933 with the donation of a pair of alligators to Ross Dobbin, then General Manager of the Peterborough Utilities Commission. As more birds and animals were acquired, the zoo grew in size and popularity with area residents visiting the zoo for picnics and general enjoyment.

In the mid 1960’s, the PUC assumed full responsibility for the financing and operation of the facility. Today, the Park and Zoo continues to advance, taking on more varied and ambitious projects.


137 animals and 49 species call the Riverview Park and Zoo their home.  Each of these animals have different nutritional requirements, living conditions, and needs for animal enrichment.  We keep track of all these details by keeping an Animal Inventory.

Riverview Park & Zoo is the only FREE zoo in Canada that is accredited by CAZA/AZAC. Come to Riverview and enjoy 27 exhibits, with over 48 species of animals!


Help to support an animal friend of your choice through our Animal Adoption program.  Adoption fees will help contribute to animal care, nutrition, and enrichment for the animal that you adopt.

Adoptions last for a one-year term which can be renewed annually.  Special individualized adoption certificates are issued for each adoption and tax receipts are provided for fee amounts.  Adoption fees over $100.00 and over are announced for the duration of the year on the adoption sign located at the centre of the zoo.


Zoo Animal Healthcare Centre

The new animal healthcare centre is open and in addition to providing excellent health care for the animals it also has a new staff/ veterinarian shower and change room, two large animal holding pens, kennels for smaller animals, and a treatment room for medical and surgical procedures. The Centre provides a well-equipped animal treatment and quarantine facility that both supports high-quality animal healthcare and meets the requirements of the zookeepers and vets.

Hours of Operation

Park & Zoo Train Snack Bar Extras
Summer Hours
(May – Labour Day)
weather permitting
partial hoursJune

July & August 10:00am-8:00pm

Meet the Keeper
Monday-Friday at 1:00pmOtter Feeding
Daily at 1:30pm and 4:00pm
Fall Hours
(Labour Day – Thanksgiving)
Closed Weekends only 10:00am-5:00pm Otter Feeding
Daily at 1:00pm
Winter Hours
(Thanksgiving – April)
8:30 am-dusk
Closed Closed Otter Feeding
Daily at 1:00pmToboggan hill at North-end Wenonah Park is open


Map of Riverview Park and Zoo

Map of Riverview Park & Zoo - 2008


Visit them online at the Riverview Park and Zoo website