One-Tank Trip for Dec. 3/16
(c) By Jim Fox
You can talk to the animals, feed them and get up close like nowhere else at a drive-through safari park a short distance from Ottawa.
Parc Omega, just 45 minutes east in Montebello, Que., isn’t a zoo but a “natural life museum,” says Serge Lussier, zoologist and park ambassador.
“We’re here to discover Canadian animals, history and heritage,” says Lussier who was previously with the African Lion Safari in Cambridge.
Calling this sprawling 890-hectare park a “Canadian hidden treasure,” it’s the only one of its kind in Canada, he added.
|Feeding time for this huge elk at Parc Omega. (Jim Fox photo)|
We took a 90-minute, winding 15-kilometre road journey to discover animals living in the wild in their natural habitat. (There is also a safari bus, open vehicles and tour guides available.)
Animals at almost every turn kept coming up to Lussier’s vehicle to see what treats we had for them.