The Wander Interactive Trail System
The Wander Trail is the Edmonton Valley Zoo's new central corridor that houses and interprets the plants and small animals of Alberta's North Saskatchewan river valley, while providing opportunities for public education, shelter, transportation and relaxation. The Wander serves as a main public pathway to the new exhibit areas as they develop, including the Arctic Shores exhibit that opened in March 2012. There is also a new river otter habitat in the entry plaza, renewed African Veldt viewing opportunities, and two trout ponds.
The water feature allows children to interact and play with glacial melt-water features along the river's path. The Wander helps to shape our future zoo, as it moves from the great heights of the Rocky Mountains and falls swiftly from stone-filled mountain streams and pools, through wetlands, to the gentle meanders of the Aspen Parklands and prairies of Alberta. This trail is framed by the imposing story of Alberta's natural history and the flora, fauna that have come to live in and shape this region.
The Wander provides ample room for guests to stroll leisurely through great mixed species native landscapes, picnicking in the shade of large groves of Aspen trees or observing free-range live animals. Each thematic area is differentiated not only by the plantings and the interaction with water, but also through the use of interpretive elements.