Vancouver Aquarium

Vancouver Aquarium is as entertaining as it is educational

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

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

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 the worlds 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 and is highly respected around the world for its efforts in these areas. Your admission and support does help with a very good cause.

A visit to the Vancouver Aquarium combined with a walk around the Stanley Park seawall is a memorable way to spend one of your days in Vancouver. For complete details about the Vancouver Aquarium click on the official website link below.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: Yes

Hours: Summer Mon-Sun 9:30am-6pm; Winter Mon-Sun 10am-5pm

Address: 845 Avison Way, Vancouver, BC

Phone: 604-659-3474

Official Website: Vancouver Aquarium

Map and Directions

How to get to Vancouver Aquarium on Public Transit

SkyTrain 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.

Guarantee your spot on one of these exciting Vancouver adventures!

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