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Granby Zoo, Quebec

During the last couple of years the topic of visiting Quebec was coming up several times in our discussions. Finally in May 2017 we booked a hotel and planned out the itinerary that would include some of the places that we thought would be interesting for everyone in the family.

The main destination was Quebec City and its beautiful downtown was so well preserved and such a distinct French heritage. We spent most of our time just strolling the streets, window shopping and watching the street performers who  really amazed us with their skills – fire jugglers, drama characters and musicians…

One of the destinations that excited our kids most was the Granby Zoo, which is about 3 hours drive from the downtown Quebec, and about an hour from Montreal. We were welcomed in the nice reception hall, got our tickets and went to explore the animal world.

Granby Zoo, Quebec

Right as we entered there was a gigantic size dinosaur’s head and a line up of kids willing to climb inside of it! No matter how big or small – they were very about the opportunity to see the real size dinosaurs! And there 21 of them right in front of you, so be very careful  – but don’t try to feed or pat these creatures!

Dino fun in Granby Zoo

Enough of the dinosaurs  – the kids forgot about dinosaurs right at the sight of the farm animals. And there were lots of them  – pigs, sheep, and goats – so friendly and ready to make friends!

Granby Zoo, Quebec
Granby Zoo, Quebec
Granby Zoo, Quebec
Children are enjoying time at the Granby Zoo. Petting a piglet

After some hugs exchange with farm inhabitants we decided to go see some of the exotic creatures on display.

Granby Zoo, Quebec
Up close encounter with tropical fish via aquarium glass
Watching the turtles in Granby Zoo
Granby Zoo Aquarium

Oceania seemed to be a good place to start – first the stingrays and the variety of tropical fish and then all way around the Australian continent to see black swans, parrots, emus, and kangaroos.  Stingrays seem to be attracted to the hand emerged in the water –  some of them will come and allow us to gently touch their backs…
The Kangaroos were too busy to discuss any matters of their life, so the visit to the Oceania Garden was quite interesting as it is extremely rare you get to see kangaroos that close and with no fence!.

Granby Zoo, Quebec
Granby Zoo, Quebec
Australian Pavillion, Granby Zoo, Quebec

We entered the aviary and right away we were surrounded by many colorful parrots! For $1 you can buy a special nectar – just hold the cup tight and they will sit on your hand and drink it!

Granby Zoo Aviary, Quebec

We spend some good time  there – the parrots are so colorful and it is such a great experience to see them so close.

Granby Zoo, Quebec
Granby Zoo, Quebec
Granby Zoo, Quebec
Granby Zoo, Quebec

But there was a lot see and the time was  limited.
Our next destination was  Africa! Who doesn’t like to observe the grace of big cats, see elephants shower using trunks, slowly moving zebras and giraffes, and the hilarious monkeys?

Granby Zoo, Quebec
Meerkat, Granby Zoo, Quebec
Zebras, Granby Zoo, Quebec
Granby Zoo, Quebec
Granby Zoo, Quebec
Granby Zoo, Quebec
Granby Zoo, Quebec
Granby Zoo, Quebec

One of our major observations about Granby Zoo was the  design of the areas, nice fences that imitate greenery and well maintained grounds. We later learned that Granby Zoo received an Award for the Energy Consumption Reduction Efforts project that was implemented during the renovation of 2005-2010.

The Zoo is well mapped and organized – it was no problem to find any continent or animal of interest. And yes, the zookeepers definitely speak many languages, no worries if you don’t speak French!
After Africa we had just a bit of time to make a short tour of South America. We stopped by llamas who stretched out their necks asking for treat…

Granby Zoo, Quebec
Granby Zoo, Quebec
Llama, Granby Zoo, Quebec

it was a lot of fun to feed them some green leafs that we found on the trees  around; we were impressed by the spread of the wings of the Andean Condor and spent some time waiting for the alligators to wake up from the afternoon nap; finally one of them yawned and slowly moved towards the water… at the end of the South American trail we saw a powerful jaguar,  at the moment it was quite relaxed and not interested in any aggression.

Granby Zoo, Quebec
Granby Zoo, Quebec

On our way to South American continent we made a snack stop at “Le Marcher”. The restaurant offers a variety of foods and drinks and nice dining area;  there is also a large area outside with tables under umbrellas.
Next to the Restaurant there is an Amusement Park – where kids found some free rides while we were resting our feet; there is also an Amazoo Water park that offers quite the  variety of water rides, not now however… we may visit it some other time when the day will be hot enough for water fun…so long for now, the Zoo is closing and we are tired enough to get to our hotel and have some dinner.

Ultimate Fall Colour Adventure Contest runs until October 9, 2015

If you’ve ever visited Grey County during the fall, you know we’ve got something special here. From blazing colours atop the Niagara Escarpment to warm sunny days topped with crisp fall nights, from bustling farmer’s markets to orchards and vineyards tucked away in the Beaver Valley, fall in Grey County is a truly epic experience.

This fall, we’ve been sharing those fall touring opportunities with folks far and wide via a giant Facebook campaign. We’ve mailed out over 3000 packages with maps, brochures and information for those hoping to visit. At the heart of our campaign is the Ultimate Fall Colour Adventure Contest which will see one lucky winner walk away with a fabulous fall tour of Grey County, valued at over $3000. The contest runs until, October 9, 2015.

CHELSEA HOTEL, TORONTO MAKES EVERY DAY FEEL LIKE SUMMER VACATION ACTIVITY DEALS, FOOD TRUCK AND CHELSEA BEACH

The Chelsea Hotel, Toronto
, a premier family hotel and urban resort in downtown Toronto, is ramping up for a summer season full of new programs and exciting partnerships, featuring the best the city has to offer for our guests. From an exciting new food truck to a designated beach on Centre Island, a stay at the Chelsea is guaranteed to create special memories that will last long after summer tans have faded.

Grab a taco and a beer on Market Garden Patio

Market Garden patio, the city’s best kept secret, is partially hidden off of Toronto’s busiest thoroughfare while still keeping guests close to the action on Yonge Street. This is the Chelsea
Food Truck’s inaugural summer
-open for lunch and dinner
-serving Mexican
-inspired dishes such as customizable tacos, churros, and beer-battered pineapple fritters. A unique experience in the city, the patio provides diners with spacious seating, as well as the opportunity to enjoy beer courtesy of local craft brewer Mill Street Brewery–there’s no thing else like it!

Market Garden patio will host two family-friendly movie nights,
July 17 and August 21, in partnership with the City of Toronto. Astroturf will be laid out to set the mood of a picnic movie night under the stars, allowing movie-watchers to lounge and purchase freshly made popcorn, with proceeds from treat sales benefiting the hotel’s charity, SickKids Foundation.

Stay, Play and Save with the Chelsea
Another perk for guests at the Chelsea Hotel are special partnership discounts at over 20 of the city’s best attractions -available through the hotel’s SHOW YOUR KEY AND SAVE program. Included are some of Toronto’s most popular venues, such as the Royal Ontario Museum, Ripley’s Aquarium, Legoland Discovery Centre,the Art Gallery of Ontario and Canada’s Wonderland. Added to this year’s partners is Pirate Life: Adventure Theatre Cruise, a new family adventure production that has kids and adults walking the gangplank in pirate finery on a 45 foot pirate ship in search of sunken treasure. The energetic and fun-loving crew gets the little ones involved in the story telling and acting, captivating their attention as the boat sails around Toronto Island.

Catch a Wave at Chelsea Beach Chelsea Beach is a designated area on beautiful Centre Island offered to our guests on a complimentary basis. A perfect family beach, it is life-guarded daily from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., with first aid available on site. It even has a Blue Flag rating –an international eco-label awarded to beaches for excellence in water quality and high environmental standards. In partnership with City Sightseeing Tours, guests are offered roundtrip transportation from the hotel all summer long for a nominal fee. As guests at the hotel, families can take advantage of discount tickets to Centreville–a turn of the century amusement park –offering over 30 rides, games and attractions, all just a few minutes walk from Chelsea Beach. Stop by Franklin Children’s Garden, an interactive whimsical garden for kids and families on the Toronto Island Park, inspired by Franklin the Turtle from the celebrated book series. The garden is divided into six sections where children can participate in gardening and storytelling –encouraging them to become active stewards of the environment while engaging in creative play.

Splash and Play in the Family Fun Zone

As “Toronto’s Best Family Hotel” (according to City Parent magazine),the Chelsea offers a full range of services for all age groups and the best part is the ‘Family Fun Zone’. Step into the zone and the fun starts in the Kid Centre where bunnies and permanent hotel residents Marble and Dash play while children ages 3–12 can participate in a range of educational activities as well as arts and crafts. In Club 33 Teen Lounge, the older kids keep busy with arcade games, air hockey, two LCD flat-screen televisions and two Xbox 360s. Families can make a splash in the heated indoor pool and whirlpool or take an exhilarating ride on the 130-ft “Corkscrew” -downtown Toronto’s only indoor waterslide. For grown-ups looking for a little rest and relaxation, the separate adult-only pool area on the 27th floor also features a state-of-the-art fitness facility and outdoor sundeck with stunning views of the city.