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Scales Nature Park

Features Animals
82 Line 15 S, Orillia, Ontario L3V 8H9, Canada
+1 705-327-2808
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Me and daughter

We visited scales and I would certainly go back. You get your own personal guide that answers your... read more

Reviewed 13 June 2017
Huntsville, Canada
via mobile
Amazing interaction with scaly creatures

This place is amazing for kids, totally worth a stop and reasonably priced. Kids get to handle some... read more

Reviewed 24 May 2017
Orillia, Canada
via mobile
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Scales is a nature centre and park focused on the conservation of Canadian reptiles and amphibians. Our centre features the most complete live collection of these creatures in the country. Visitors can touch and hold some reptiles, with help from our staff and volunteers. It's great for rainy days! Group bookings for birthday parties, schools, camps, scouts/guides, and others are possible, and our outreach programs travel to similar venues across the province. The park features 3.5 km of nature trails through a variety of natural habitats. Pets are not allowed on the trails or in the centre. Our newest addition is Reptile Camp, a day camp program for kids! Please realize that this is a working conservation facility. We conduct research and stewardship projects locally, and around the province. You may encounter research technicians, field equipment, etc. Current local projects involve 6 turtle species, massasauga rattlesnakes, and chorus frogs. Ask how you can get involved!
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
82 Line 15 S, Orillia, Ontario L3V 8H9, Canada
+1 705-327-2808
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Reviewed 13 June 2017 via mobile

We visited scales and I would certainly go back. You get your own personal guide that answers your questions and takes animals out for you to hold. My daughter loved it

Thank thebeamingbumpkin
Reviewed 24 May 2017 via mobile

This place is amazing for kids, totally worth a stop and reasonably priced. Kids get to handle some creatures and will on slower days get 1 on 1 interpretation. There is a nice trail to walk after your visit in their back yard also. Have...More

Thank DEAPLove4Life
Reviewed 7 May 2017

The exterior doesn't do justice to the quality of species they have. The staff is very knowledgeable and happy to answer all your questions.A good rainy day educational outing for kids.

Thank Knitpik
Reviewed 8 November 2016

The staff are a mazing. I went with family to visit the nature park. My granddaughters love this place so I went with them. I have to say I went in saying never will I hold touch go near the snakes......well the staff are so...More

Thank 56bonnie
Reviewed 5 October 2016

Great place to visit if you are a fan of reptiles and our son actually is so very glad we came across this place. Really enjoyed our guided tour. Kids working their are mostly student volunteers and are very knowledgeable about the animals there. There...More

Thank surfsunandsea
Reviewed 23 August 2016

We were received well and the tour was good. The students had an opportunity for hands on many of the reptiles. We had our lunch outdoors on picnic tables provided. There was a large property for us to walk around on exploring Nature.

Thank loulesslar
Reviewed 11 August 2016 via mobile

Went with our 6 year old grandson at his request as he had been before and loved it!! The staff were very friendly and informative and were never in a hurry. They brought at least 6 or 7 different snakes turtles and bearded dragons etc...More

Thank Alice D
Reviewed 2 August 2016 via mobile

We spent an interesting and educational afternoon at Scales. They have a great business model where a guide provides a tonne of information for each reptile, and visitors can ask to hold each one. On our visit, Erica took her time to bring out each...More

2  Thank PatGrantis
Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

We had a very rambunctious group of kids the staff were very patient and very understanding. ..they were very knowledgeable about all reptiles there they gave us a great tour and we held some cool reptiles.. it was great thankyou

Thank Nicole N
Reviewed 3 July 2016

took granddaughter she had a great time with hands on some of the reptiles lots of info on reptiles and turtles she wants to go again

Thank Robert S
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Silvia W
14 September 2016|
Response from Jeff H |
Our open hours vary seasonally. Spring (March break to late June) and fall (Labour Day to Halloween), weekends 11-4. Summer, 10-5 except closed Tuesday. We are always open for groups/families by appointment as well.
Michael B
24 June 2015|
Response from ScalesNaturePark |
Hi there! Go South on Highway 11, and get off at line 15. From there you want to pass the candle factory (which will be on your right) and find number 82 on the right hand side. There will be a big sign that says Scales... More