Late Summer Visit to Bowmanville Zoo

With this weekend’s cooler weather, I was reminded that it had been my intention to create a post about my Labour Day weekend visit to the Bowmanville Zoo. The zoo normally opens in late April and closes after Thanksgiving weekend. You can check their website at for their schedule and location.

Friday of that long weekend had dawned a bright, sunny day which was just what Debi and I had hoped for with our plan to take her grand-daughter, Emily, to the Bowmanville Zoo. They had been there on a few occasions but to a “just turned” four-year old each visit is an adventure! For me, after hearing so many wonderful reports about this well-known little zoo but never having made the short trip there from Newcastle, I was looking forward to it as well. It’s difficult to tell that it is about 45 acres in size  when passing by it on Highway #2 at the east end of Bowmanville.

This almost 100 year-old zoo is apparently the oldest private zoo in h America and is perfect for young children as it easy to see inside the cages, there are numerous animals that they can pet, and for a fee, they can go on a camel ride! There is also an indoor show where some of the animals and their trainers show off their skills. Many of the animals, past and present, appear in movies and T.V. shows.

Little Emily enjoyed seeing the animals but was also very interested in the little playground where it was difficult to convince her that we wanted to spend more time seeing and photographing the birds and animals. I’ve attached some of the photos that I took on our very special day at the Bowmanville Zoo!

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About janewalkerscards

Jane Walker is a Newcastle photographer who creates framed photographs, photo trays and matted greeting cards reflecting the beauty of nature and gardens. Her recent interest in birds, owls and other wildlife is now being reflected in her posts. As a member of the Oshawa Camera Club, Jane has started to enter some of her photos for judging and appreciates the critiques by the judges. You'll be surprised at what shows up under the guise of "janewalkerscards".
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4 Responses to Late Summer Visit to Bowmanville Zoo

  1. Mike says:

    Rhapsody in Blue! is a truly wonderful photo; such a unique pose, and range of cool colours, captured in what was surely a fleeting instant. Well done!

  2. Shirley says:

    Hi Jane, the photos are beautiful ! And definately Rhapsody in Blue is really amazing !

    • Shirley,
      The pair entwined for just a few moments and it reminded me of a dance….then a childhood memory surfaced of an old “78” record that my Mother used to play with one of the songs called “Rhapsody in Blue”.I believe it was by Gershwin and it was one of the tunes on An American in Paris from some time in the 40’s.
      I appreciate your interest in my blog and that you took time out of your busy schedule to respond.

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