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.

A very popular Vancouver attraction for over 50 years, it was the first Aquarium in the world to capture and display an Orca whale, although they no longer keep Orcas in captivity. Beluga whales, sea lions, sea otters and dolphins 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. Trained naturalists are on hand in the galleries to answer any questions you might have during your visit.

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.

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. Your admission and supports an excellent cause. 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 and relies on breeding their current specimens.

Visiting the Vancouver Aquarium combined with a walk around the 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 above.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: From: $31.00 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations

Vancouver Aquarium Admission

Located inside Stanley Park, Vancouver Aquarium is home to some 50,000 marine life wonders. Use this prebooked admission ticket to skip the line and sail right into the popular attraction for interactive exhibits and hands-on activities. Animal-lovers of all ages can stroll through exhibits about Canada's Arctic and the Amazonian rainforest for looks at beluga whales, sharks, dolphins and sea otters. A must-do: Slip on glasses inside a 4D theater and enjoy a thrilling journey into the deep underwater world.

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


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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Rated 4.4 out of 5

4 Star Rating I had 80% of fun today. :) The shows were really great, learned a few things and enjoyed putting my head in the frog bubble. Staff seemed educated friendly, animals were rescued animals. The food was ridiculously over priced, specifically the vending machine drinks. Was not too pleased about being sprayed in the face with water at the 4d Theater. Didn't mind at the beluga show.

Randall Alexander - 3 hours ago

5 Star Rating Awesome experience. The new Discover Rays exhibit is really cool, with lots of information around and the ability to interact with them is very cool! As always the otters are adorable! We stayed for the dolphin show, they have they false killer whale there now and he is gorgeous and seems to be happy to be there. A great place to spend the day!

Ryan Gurr - 17 days ago

5 Star Rating This place is underrated in Vancouver. The exhibits were amazing and the shows put on by the animals and trainers were top notch. I was a little surprised they sell fish and chips at the restaurant. If I was hungry enough I would have ordered them. They looked good.

Cameron Harrison - 1 month ago


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