When completed, the Boreal Discovery Centre will provide opportunities for visitors to explore how people historically adapted to the boreal region, allow visitors to encounter animal species from the boreal forest, and will feature expanded community gardens, herb gardens, a greenhouse, and landscaping featuring boreal plants.
The Boreal Discovery Centre is located on Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation (NCN) traditional territory. NCN’s territory is part of the northern boreal forest comprised of tracts of black and white spruce wilderness, interspersed with rivers and lakes that have been home to the Cree people long before the arrival of the first Europeans. The Boreal Discovery Centre honours its location on NCN lands and seeks, through education and conservation, to respect the lands, fauna, and waters for their life-giving bounty.
Situated on ten acres of land in the City of Thompson, the Boreal Discovery Centre is dominated by the surrounding boreal forest, and sits at one end of the Millennium Trail, sharing its immediate surroundings with the Thompson Wildlife Association, Red Sangster Ball Field, the Thompson Regional Community Centre, University College of the North and R.D. Parker High School. The Boreal Discovery Centre, with its focus on education, youth, and family-oriented outdoor recreation, is ideally located.
Since 2011, the Thompson Zoological Society has been working in concert with the City of Thompson, Spirit Way and other local and national partners to make the Boreal Discovery Centre a reality.