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Plans Unveiled for New Polar Bear Exhibit

March 1, 2011 2:49 PM | News

By Sarah Klein

A new polar bear exhibit at the Assinboine Park Zoo will set the international standard for future exhibits.

Plans for a world-class attraction called Journey to Churchill were unveiled Tuesday by the province.

The $45 million exhibit is expected to open in October 2013 and include an International Polar Bear Conservation Centre, an Aurora Borealis 360-degree theatre and motorized polar bear tundra tours. The province is committing $31 million to the project.

“As the architectural concepts show, this will be a unique, world-class centre offering tremendous learning opportunities and showcasing Manitobans’ concern for the environment, the Arctic and polar bears,” Premier Greg Selinger said.

The exhibit will also have a rooftop Tundra Garden, an underwater viewing area, and a new restaurant, gift shop and children’s play area.

The zoo hasn’t had a polar bear since Debby was euthanized in 2008.

View the photo gallery below.

Video and photos courtesy of the Assiniboine Park Conservancy