From May 4 – September 29, 2019, African Lion Safari celebrates its 50th season, and a brand new baby elephant is coming to the party! Born in November, “Sunita” is now on view to the public, making this summer the perfect time to join African Lion Safari as they celebrate 50 years of history, conservation and family fun.

African Lion Safari has one of the most successful Asian elephant conservation programs in North America, and as the 21st baby elephant born here since 1991, Sunita is a tangible reminder that the original mission of the park continues on today. Its founder, Colonel Gordon Debenham Dailley, was an esteemed member of the Canadian military and was particularly passionate about helping endangered species. His dream of starting a drive-through wildlife park dedicated to the conservation of declining wildlife species was fulfilled in 1969 when the gates opened to African Lion Safari – a 700 acre wildlife park where exotic birds and animals roamed freely throughout its game reserves.

The newest and youngest member of the Asian elephant herd is just one of the animals on view in the park. You can get closer than you ever imagined to majestic birds and animals from around the world as you drive along 9 kilometres of trail in your own vehicle or on board the park’s bus. You’ll go “on safari” through seven distinct reserves where the animals roam free, seeing herds of zebra and giraffe, prides of lions, white rhino, baboons, and many other exotic species.

The safari experience doesn’t end with the reserves. From presentations to tours and all the fun activities in between, it’s easy to spend the whole day admiring and learning about the animals. Make sure your full day of family fun includes a cruise aboard the African Queen boat, where you can catch a glimpse of monkeys and lemurs, and a journey on the scenic railway to see birds and animals native to Southern Ontario. Nature presentations with parrots, elephants and birds of prey are offered throughout the day, and twice daily the cameras come out at the Elephant Swim, when the Asian elephant herd stroll out to the lake to play in the cool water, just feet from the crowd.

When your little monkeys need to cool down, they can get wet and go wild at the large wet play area, featuring gentle water slides, tumble buckets, and sprinklers, jets and geysers galore.

African Lion Safari is located just outside of metropolitan Hamilton and is open daily. Summer season tickets start at $27.95 for children and $39.95 for adults and a Wake Up the Wild experience, including unrivalled access and a private guided tour, starts at $109 per person. The park celebrates 50 wild years through the 2019 season, until September 29th.

If you’re looking to add to your animal-filled excitement, we’ve got plenty of ideas for family fun throughout Hamilton Halton Brant. Hit the road and take in all of the events and activities scheduled for toddlers, tweens and teens in our region this summer. 

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Cook the Trout Survival Challenge

Grand River Rafting Company

31 Mechanic Street, Paris, ON, N3L 1L1

Now thru December 29

A Winter’s Night in Paris Culinary Experience

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106 Grand River Street North, Paris, ON, N3L 2M5

Based on standard rooms only. Rooms are subject to availability. Reservations required to the Arlington...

Now thru October 6

Grand River Dinner Cruise

Grand River Dinner Cruises

36 Brant County Road 22 Caledonia, N3W 2G9

Lunch Cruise - 11 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. $55 per person (taxes included) Dinner Cruise...

Now thru September 22

The Family Super Board Trip

Grand River Rafting Company

31 Mechanic Street, Paris, ON, N3L 1L1

December 7 - 22

Christmas Evening Tours

Dundurn National Historic Site

610 York Boulevard, Hamilton, ON, L8R 3H1

Time:        7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Cost:        $30 per person. Pre-registration is required, weekends only.

Now thru November 11

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Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

115 Grand River Street North, Paris, ON, N3L 2M4

Now thru January 6

David Braley and Nancy Gordon Rock Garden Experience

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680 Plains Road West, Burlington, ON, L7T 4H4

1.5 hour experience. Minimum 15 persons.

Now thru October 13

All Hands On Deck!

HMCS Haida

658 Catharine Street N Pier 9, Hamilton, ON, L8L 8K4

1 hour experience. Minimum 10 people, maximum 30 people per tour.

December 6

A Night at Ireland House

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2168 Guelph Line Burlington, L7P 5A8

December 6, 2019 from 6:00-9:00 pm, Price: $40, Price will go up on November 1,...

Now thru October 20

Rafting Trips on the Grand River

Grand River Rafting Company

31 Mechanic Street, Paris, ON, N3L 1L1

Now thru November 18

Grand Voyageur

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

115 Grand River Street N Paris, N3L 2M4

Available daily Between: Apr 2, 2019 and Nov 18, 2019 $80.00 + taxes

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