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 photo by mindluge

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

One of Vancouver's top tourist attractions for over 50 years, this was the first Aquarium in the world to capture and display an Orca whale, although they no longer keep Orcas in captivity. Sea lions, sea otters and a rescued dolphin are just a few of the thousands of species on display. The Aquarium, 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. The animals are organized into twelve different exhibits and galleries, where trained naturalists are on hand to answer any questions you might have.

The aquarium 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'll find a huge globe wrapped with screens that take you on an exploration of the world's oceans and the life within. Be sure to check out the updated tropical gallery which also includes a new bat cave.

Each day the aquarium features a full schedule of fun and interesting shows, all included in your admission. You can see a list of the day's shows on the information board inside the aquarium and on the official website. There show schedule includes an immersive 4D cinema experience.

If you get hungry during all your exploring, you can head over to new Ocean Wise indoor or outdoor cafes.

It's good to know that the Vancouver Aquarium, while indeed entertaining, is highly focused on education, ocean and marine research, and conservation. The institution is highly respected around the world for their efforts in these areas. A non-profit charitable organization, your admission fee not only goes towards maintaining the aquarium and its many animals, but also helps support their ongoing work. Except for rescuing distressed animals, which are only kept when it's determined they are not releasable, the aquarium does not engage in capturing wild animals relying on breeding their current specimens.

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

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: Yes. Tickets must be purchased from the official website in advance.

Vancouver Aquarium Hours:
Opening hours may differ on holidays

  • 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: (778) 655-9554

Official Website: Vancouver Aquarium

Vancouver Aquarium Reviews

Rated 4.5 out of 5 Star Rating

5 Star Rating Beautiful aquarium with a bunch of exciting and cool exhibits of exotic and native fish! We didn't buy a ticket when we went on a Thursday afternoon but we were still able to get tickets without any wait. Once we were in there was a photo booth we avoided but I'm sure it would be great for anyone wanting to have a nostalgic photo. Otherwise, all of the fish exhibits and aquatic animals were great! While we were there we also went to the 4D movie. Be prepared to have your ankles whipped and have water sprayed in your face while enjoying a variety of unique smells. Not necessarily my thing but other people seemed to really enjoy it.
Javen Kay - 2 weeks ago

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5 Star Rating Incredibly amazing! The marine life is stunning. The 4D film of green turtle was fun and interesting. Highly recommend the interaction lab and the Feeding and Training Sessions. They were not only about enjoyment but also super enlightening. For marine enthusiasts definitely worth to spend a day there.
Sandy Choi - 3 weeks ago

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3 Star Rating There was a wide variety of animals to check out at the aquarium which was nice but it was quite busy so you couldn’t view a lot of them up close. The price to go through is very high compared to other aquariums we have been to. There was a neat interaction with a snake that the kids enjoyed. The gift shop was well stocked and didn’t seem to be over priced for what you were buying. I do not think that I would go back here for the price though.
Ashley M - 3 weeks ago

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5 Star Rating I haven't been here in years and today I rediscovered it with my daughter and grandson. What a fantastic morning. It's wonderfull here!! So much to see and experience. Were buying year memberships. Cause we're coming back. Only complaint, the Coffee shop and kitchen Super, super slow.
G W - in the last week

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5 Star Rating Great place, very educational. The rescue and research sections are doing an amazing job in and out of the aquarium itself. Interesting display about the micro plastics. What is extremely weird and incoherent is that most garments in the aquarium store are precisely from those fibers that are described in the micro plastics display as being extremely bad for the environment. ¿Huh?
Hector José Medina Gómez - a month ago

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

How to get to Vancouver Aquarium by Skytrain and Bus

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.

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