The Park’s History
Established in 1985, Omega Park opened its doors to the public in 1991. The original concept of the park was a place to discover North American wildlife in a spectacular 2 200 acres site set in the natural scenery of the Outaouais region. The original vision expanded progressively in order to develop and enhance the offer, with a pioneering spirit, whilst respecting nature.
Over time, much focus has been placed on the contributions of the First Nations present in Quebec. An area of the park is dedicated to them, it is now known as the First Nations Trail. The history and culture of colonisation are also presented in a dedicated area: the trading post, the old farm and the sugar shack showcase the highlights of the region’s history. Other natural attractions and presentations were gradually added as well as a range of accommodations including rustic chalets, tipis, log cabins and chalets allowing guests to sleep close to wolves and bears.
The entire project, down to the smallest detail, was designed and carried out in the spirit of living creation. Many artists, artisans and entrepreneurs, themselves bearers of the living traditions of the region, have been involved since the very beginning.
What sets Omega Park apart from traditional zoos are the large natural spaces of over 2000 acres which are home to over twenty species of animals living in their natural environment. We favour cohabitation between species and our animals are suited to the biotope and climate of Quebec.
Our main mission is to educate through amazement by offering memorable experiences to our visitors through the wildlife, culture and history of Quebec and Canada. We are a living museum allowing visitors to discover Canada. We hope to show the beauty and simplicity of nature to our visitors whilst creating a natural and safe environment where wild animals can live peacefully. We connect people to nature so that they can become aware, respectfully and with an optimistic view, of the nature that surrounds us.
Omega Park is a member of Canada’s Accredited Zoos and Aquariums (CAZA), which means we adhere to strict and rigorous standards in terms of animal management, safety and well-being. The CAZA accreditation is recognised as a model of excellence in animal care and safety.