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Magnetic Hill Zoo
Vacation Travel Guide

Lions, piranhas and big-eyed lemurs are just some of the residents of the biggest zoo in Atlantic Canada.

Come face to face with animals from all over the world at Magnetic Hill Zoo. More than 600 animals representing over 80 species are housed in the sprawling 40-acre (16-hectare) park. They include Burmese pythons, lemurs from Madagascar and Siberian tigers.

The zoo opened in 1953 to care for orphaned and injured animals that were native to the area. Today, there are exotic as well as indigenous species, including endangered animals such as Andean condors, Amur tigers and white-handed gibbons.

Visit the outdoor enclosures to see African lions, arctic wolves and jaguars. Venture into the reptile house and observe such animals as bearded dragons, box turtles and a boa constrictor. Learn about the zoo’s role in the Frog Watch program, a project that’s collecting information about Canada’s frog and toad species. Go to the aquariums where you can watch red-bellied piranhas.

Look out for birds such as ostriches, blue and gold macaws and East African crowned cranes. Get up close to invertebrates such as the Chilean rose tarantula and the huge Madagascar hissing cockroach.

During your time at the zoo, you may be able to watch some of the animals being fed. There are three daily feeding times for lions, primates and otters. If there are children with you, consider treating them to a day camp at the zoo. The activities include a zoo tour, games, themed lessons and feeding the animals. For details and prices, visit the zoo’s official website.

Magnetic Hill Zoo is situated on Magnetic Hill, about a 15-minute drive from downtown Moncton. On-site car parking is free. During the summer, arrive by transit bus from Moncton. Nearby attractions on the hill are Wharf Village and the Magic Mountain Waterpark.

The zoo is open every day from April to around December and the hours vary according to the season. Children under 3 years of age get in for free and there are discounts on the admission fee for seniors and children aged between 4 and 11. Allow at least 90 minutes to see everything.

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Days Inn & Suites by Wyndham Moncton
Days Inn & Suites by Wyndham Moncton
2.5 out of 5
2515 Mountain Road, Moncton, NB
The price is CA $71 per night from Mar 8 to Mar 9

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Travelodge Suites by Wyndham Moncton
Travelodge Suites by Wyndham Moncton
2.5 out of 5
2475 Mountain Rd, Moncton, NB
The price is CA $71 per night from Mar 8 to Mar 9

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Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Moncton
Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Moncton
2.5 out of 5
700 Mapleton Road, Moncton, NB
The price is CA $110 per night from Mar 8 to Mar 9

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4.5/5Wonderful! (998 reviews)

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Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Moncton
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Jul 31, 2019

Go in the morning when they’re feeding maybe? And don’t go when it’s too warm, the animals like to sleep!

3/5 - Okay

Nicole

Apr 15, 2019

It's very early in the season so we didn't get to see much animal. Most of the encloses were empty and some access were blocked off. We did get our exercise for the morning as we tried to figure out where to go and not go. It wasn't worth the 9$ fee per person at this time of year.

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Days Inn & Suites by Wyndham Moncton
Days Inn & Suites by Wyndham Moncton
2.5 out of 5
2515 Mountain Road, Moncton, NB
The price is CA $71 per night from Mar 8 to Mar 9
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Travelodge Suites by Wyndham Moncton
Travelodge Suites by Wyndham Moncton
2.5 out of 5
2475 Mountain Rd, Moncton, NB
The price is CA $71 per night from Mar 8 to Mar 9
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Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Moncton
Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Moncton
2.5 out of 5
700 Mapleton Road, Moncton, NB
The price is CA $110 per night from Mar 8 to Mar 9
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Hotel Moncton
3 out of 5
2779 Mountain Road, Moncton, NB
The price is CA $70 per night from Mar 8 to Mar 9
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Delta Hotels by Marriott Beausejour
Delta Hotels by Marriott Beausejour
3.5 out of 5
750 Main St, Moncton, NB
The price is CA $116 per night from Mar 11 to Mar 12
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Amsterdam Inn & Suites Moncton
Amsterdam Inn & Suites Moncton
2 out of 5
2550 Mountain Road, Moncton, NB
The price is CA $89 per night from Mar 8 to Mar 9
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Quality Inn
Quality Inn
2.5 out of 5
2530 Mountain Rd, Moncton, NB
The price is CA $72 per night from Mar 16 to Mar 17
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Casino New Brunswick
Casino New Brunswick
4.5 out of 5
21 Casino Drive, Moncton, NB
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Magnetic Hill Winery & B&B
3 out of 5
860 Front Mountain Road, Moncton, NB
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