Wildlife Festival coming to NAV Centre

February 20, 2019

Little Ray's Wildlife Festival

Little Ray’s Wildlife Festival

Nature will be calling at the NAV CENTRE on Saturday, March 2nd and Sunday, March 3rd with the return of the Little Ray’s Wildlife Festival.

The two-day event will feature dozens of live animal exhibits including a sloth, alligator, bobcat, groundhog, opossum, armadillo and many more mammals, snakes and birds. Guests will have a chance to meet and connect with the animals and learn a lot about wildlife in the process.

“This event focuses on bringing educational programs and exhibits that one would find at professional museums, zoological facilities and science centres to smaller towns that do not typically have access to such facilities,” said Delivis Niedzialek of Little Ray’s Nature Centres.

Biologists will also be on hand giving presentations on responsible pet ownership and backyard conservation.

“We recommend that visitors budget at least 90 minutes to see everything,” added Mr. Niedzialek.

Guests can also take part in two unique hands-on educational programs for reptiles and invertebrates and mammals and birds.

The event is being hosted by Little Ray’s Nature Centre, Soper Creek Wildlife and the Foundation for Animal Rescue.

Event details

The Wildlife Festival runs Saturday, March 2nd and Sunday, March 3rd from 10 am to 5 pm at the NAV CENTRE (1950 Montreal Road).

Single admission is $14.50. After fourth person in a group, each additional person is $10 with children 2 and under being free.

Tickets can be purchased in advance online (click here to purchase tickets).


If you have children who have difficulty with crowds or noise, they and their families are invited to a special quiet hour, free of charge, starting at 9 am Saturday.

Where the animals come from

These animals are from Little Rays Nature’s Centres and Soper Creek Wildlife. Little Ray’s Nature Centres is Canada’s largest exotic animal rescue. Over 80% of the animals in their care are unwanted or seized pets. They are partners with the OSPCA for the care and homing of unwanted pets and they take in hundreds of animals in need every single year.  Little Ray’s is also proudly one of the most prolific animal welfare organizations in North America, promoting responsible pet ownership and backyard conservation.

Soper Creek Wildlife is Durham’s only Wildlife Rehabilitator, helping hundreds wild animals in need each year. Soper Creek Wildlife is licensed by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources.

Additional information

For additional information on the event, please email info@raysreptiles.com or visit the Facebook event page for more details.


The NAV CENTRE is training and conference venue owned and operated by NAV CANADA. It offers access to 550 guest rooms, 70 state-of-the-art classrooms and meeting rooms, as well as an auditorium. Other amenities include a gymnasium and fitness facilities as well as multiple dining options. The NAV CENTRE is also an accredited member of the International Association of Conference Centres (IACC), provided for adhering to globally-recognized standards in hospitality service.

For more information about NAV CENTRE, please click here.

Additional Events

Looking for other fun things to do in Cornwall? Make sure to check out our Events page for info on upcoming events in the area!

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Additional Information

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Article by Kevin Lajoie