Located 45 minutes away from Ottawa in Montebello, Parc Omega is a year-round wildlife parc where you can experience Canadian animals. Spreading across 2200 acres the park is divided several different regions (forest, meadow, mountain, lakes, and boreal) where you can see Canadian animals up close.
Some of the animals you can find in each region at Parc Omega include:
- The Meadow – elk, red deer, white tailed deer, fallow deer, coyote, bison, red fox, and wild turkey
- The Forest – moose, grey wolf, black bear, boar, and raccoon
- The Mountain – Alpine ibex and bald-headed eagle
- The Lake – beaver, Canadian goose, blue heron, turtle, and duck
- The Boreal Region – caribou, reindeer, arctic wolf, arctic fox, and musk ox
Within the park, there is a 15km car trail where you can find over 15 species of animals, and there is also plenty of walking paths to explore as well. When visiting make sure to bring carrots to feed the animals as you drive around the car trail or when exploring the Colonization area. The parc is a joy to explore as you will have plenty of animals who walk right up to your car looking to see if you might offer them a carrot to eat. Within the Colonization area, you can also watch the bird of prey show, or watch wolves up close from a viewing platform.
Unlike a zoo, Parc Omega is a wildlife park which means the animals roam freely in large enclosed areas designed to mimic their natural habitat as closely as possible. When you are visiting that means the animals have ample space to roam away from the public if they wish, and provides for a positive living area for the animals.
Parc Omega is open all year round and depending on when you visit there is always something different to do. In the spring and summer you can see the baby animals, while the fall you can see the beautiful fall landscape as you explore the park, and in the winter there is the addition of a sugar bush and the option to go snowshoeing.
There is plenty to see at Parc Omega and it is easy to spend the entire day there. When I visited I spent the morning driving through the car trail, and by the afternoon had lunch at the Parc House where I bought more carrots to feed the animals. For those who rather have a picnic, there is also plenty of picnic tables around the parc too. Later in the afternoon, I took a hike around the gorgeous nature trails before checking into my accommodation.
At Parc Omega there is a variety of different accommodations, from cabins to tents you can experience glamping within the park. For my visit, I stayed at the Wi-tent which is open from May until the end of October and can accommodate up to 4 people. The spacious tent had one queen bed, along with two single beds, a dining table, and an outdoor patio table. One of my favorite parts about staying the night at Parc Omega is that the Wi-tents are located near the bears and wolves.
By spending the night at Parc Omega you gain access to the boardwalk over the wolves and bears where you can watch them get feed in the evening. This allows you to see both types of animals up close. Also around the loggings, deer freely roam so you might see them as you relax on your cabin’s patio table.
Throughout my visit at Parc Omega, I had a huge grin on my face as I was filled with joy seeing some of my favorite animals such as wolves, foxes, and deer up close. Parc Omega is such a peaceful place where you can reconnect with nature and be surrounded by the beautiful animals that make up this country that is impossible for anyone who visits not to have a wonderful time.