Vancouver Aquarium

Vancouver Aquarium is as entertaining as it is educational

Sea Otters holding hands at Vancouver Aquarium
Sea Otters holding hands at Vancouver Aquarium cc licensed flickr photo shared by mindluge

Located inside beautiful Stanley Park, the Vancouver Aquarium is Canada's largest aquarium and the fifth largest in North America.

A very popular Vancouver attraction for over 50 years, it was the first Aquarium in the world to capture and display an Orca whale. Beluga whales, sea lions, sea otters and dolphins are just a few of the thousands of species on display. The Aquarium, which is the largest in Canada, is currently home over 50,000 animals native to areas ranging from Canada's northern Artic, to local BC waters to the Amazon rainforest. Trained naturalists are on hand in the galleries to answer any questions you might have during your visit.

The aquarium has just opened its largest ever expansion in the summer of 2014. The expansion includes an outdoor courtyard where they feature educational programs, entertainment for the kids, concerts and other special events throughout the summer. Inside you will find a huge globe wrapped with screens that take you on an exploration of the world's oceans and the life within them. You will also want to check out the updated tropical gallery which also includes a new bat cave.

If you get hungry after all your exploring, you can head over to new Ocean Wise indoor or outdoor cafes that have also been added.

It is also good to know that the Vancouver Aquarium, while indeed entertaining, is also highly focused on education, ocean and marine research and conservation. It is highly respected around the world for its efforts in these areas. Your admission and support helps with this very good cause.

A visit to the Vancouver Aquarium combined with a walk around the Stanley Park seawall is a memorable way to spend a gratifying and pleasant day in Vancouver. For complete details about the Vancouver Aquarium click on the official website link below.

A brief introduction to the Vancouver Aquarium

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: Yes

Open Now: Yes! Some attractions may restrict entry prior to their closing time.

Hours This Week:
  • Monday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Thursday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Friday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Saturday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Sunday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Address: 845 Avison Way, Vancouver, BC V6G 3E2, Canada

Phone: (604) 659-3474

Official Website: Vancouver Aquarium

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How to get to Vancouver Aquarium by Skytrain and Bus

Skytrain and Bus Line Nearest Station Walking Time
Expo LineBurrard Station5 Minutes
Canada LineWaterfront Station5 Minutes

From Burrard SkyTrain Station take the Burrard Street Exit. Walk to your left (North) along Burrard Street 1 block to West Pender Street. Cross to the far side of Pender and look for the westbound #19 Stanley Park Bus Stop to your left.

From Waterfront Station exit onto Cordova Street and cross over at Seymour Street and walk uphill 2 blocks to Pender Street. Turn right on Pender and walk ½ block to the westbound #19 Stanley Park Bus Stop.

Ride the #19 Stanley Park bus to its terminus just inside the park then make your way to the east following the signs for the quick 5 minute walk to the aquarium.

Vancouver Aquarium Reviews

Overall Rating: 4.4 out of 5 based on 235 reviews. See all

4 Star Rating Great experience. Good place to spent time with family's. Fantastic way to teach kids about marine lives. Admission is expensive need to rethink about it also parking should be free. Just a quick advice please finish your meal before you visit this place in summer time unless you may have to waste valuable and expensive time to order foods from inside cafeteria.

Abdulla Masum - 28 days ago

5 Star Rating Spent a good 3+ hours exploring the aquarium. Incredibly busy but well designed so foot traffic continues to flow through the exhibits. Really appreciated the aquarium's message of conservation and glad that all proceeds help fund local efforts.

Daniel Serke - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating The Vancouver Aquarium does not take cetaceans (ie. dolphins, harbour porpoises, etc) from the wild. They have signed a treaty in 1996 stating that all cetaceans in the facility are deemed unreleaseable by the appropriate authority and / or were born in another aquarium and / or were there before 1996. Do your research before calling them inhumane lol.

Kelgie Sou - 2 months ago

5 Star Rating A wonderful experience all-in-all. Attractions are bright and inviting, good signage so the visitor is never unsure of where they are and want to go. There's something lovely to see around just about every bend. Much better experience than the Seattle Aquarium, which should tell you something.

Frederic Woodbridge - 3 months ago

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