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15 Aug, 2009

Park Omega in Montebello: one of my fave destinations for a family road trip

Posted by andrea tomkins in: - Ottawa for kids|Easy ways to make kids happy|Photography|travel talk

Not to get all braggy or anything, but have I told you recently how much I love my SavvyMom gig? Not only do I get to work with great people, but my assignments give me the opportunity to explore some very cool, family-friendly fun in the Ottawa area AND stretch my creative muscle too. Is that awesome or what? 

My most recent piece was about Le Parc Oméga/Park Omega. You can read it here.

Feeding the animals at Park Omega

I love Park Omega. Scratch that. I adore it. We visit every year, faithfully bringing bags of carrots to a legion of waiting critters. We never leave without (a) busting a gut laughing (b) seeing something really interesting and memorable,  and (c) getting slobbered on by giant ungulates who try to stick their giant heads in our tiny car.

I enjoy our visits to Park Omega so much that I tend to talk it up a lot to local Ottawa moms.

“Have you ever been to Park Omega?” I’d ask. There is almost always a momentary blank look, followed by a slow-coming realization.
“Ummmm, no. Is that the place where you drive and look at the animals?”

Many of us here in Ottawa are transplants from the Toronto area. That’s why it doesn’t surprise me that there’s an automatic association made to African Lion Safari once I mention Park Omega.

If you grew up in the Toronto area you probably remember the commercial:

But I am here to say that Park Omega is not like African Lion Safari. In fact, the only thing they have in common is the fact that (a) there are animals and (b) you’re in your car.

If you’re read the SavvyMom article you’ll learn pretty much everything there is to know about making a trip to this awesome place, but I do want to stress this point:


It’s the best photo-op you’ll get all summer and your kids will remember it forever.

I had a lot of trouble picking one photo to represent our trip, so I just threw a bunch up in my Flickr. I think it’ll give you a good idea of what Park Omega is all about. :)

7 Responses to "Park Omega in Montebello: one of my fave destinations for a family road trip"

1 | lacoop

August 15th, 2009 at 12:00 pm


Parc Omega is great! But I am not sure we went to the same place…because none of my photos looks as good as yours!

2 | mrsgryphon

August 15th, 2009 at 5:24 pm


Oh, it looks like so much fun! I love that you can get out and wander around, have a picnic among the animals.

3 | LO

August 16th, 2009 at 7:08 pm


OH MY GOSH! WE just went there today and it was absolutely fantastic! I am a bit of a kill joy aka hard to impress transplanted Torontonian but this place is worth the drive and the cost!!!!!!! WE finished the day with a linner (late lunch) at Montebello!!!!
And yeah, we have major animal slobber all over the windows!

4 | Amy @ Muddy Boots

August 18th, 2009 at 8:25 am


We went a month or so ago… AND LOVED IT. I wasn’t good enough to my readers (*wink*) to direct them to flickr and instead put buckets of pics on my blog. Here are the posts,

Part I: http://muddybootsblog.blogspot.com/2009/07/park-omega-part-1-get-that-wapiti-out.html

Part 2: http://muddybootsblog.blogspot.com/2009/07/omega-park-part-2-birds-of-prey.html

The second part has all the shots from the birds of prey show. Was that still offered when you were there?

5 | andrea

August 18th, 2009 at 8:41 am


Amy – I saw your pics … they are fab.

We went very early in the summer, but I’d been sitting on this post and the pics until the Savvy piece came out.

The Birds of Prey show was offered when we were there, but at a time that wasn’t convenient to us. We decided to do the little trail instead. This paid off in spades. It’s a very quiet place. And this is where we saw the wolves (and a cub!) and a bear climbing a tree (which is one of the pics in the slide show.)

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