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

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: No

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

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.

Directions

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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Reviews

Overall Rating: 4.4 out of 5 based on 385 reviews. See all

4 Star Rating What this place really needs is an adult's only day, everyone we talked to said it would be great without kids and I have to agree, if there was a day adults could be there and actually look around kid free, it would be much better appreciated. Plus, you can get a beer.

Cole Engel - 11 hours ago

5 Star Rating Great place to stop. Located in a huge park that was worth driving around as well. Lots of bikers, hikers and runners. The aquarium was fun to walk around. The beluga whales were neat to see.

Kita Atts - 18 days ago

5 Star Rating Supposedly one of the better for treatment of their animals. Pretty nice design, layout and variety of marine life. Don't miss the adorable sea otters playing with each other and swimming hand in hand!

Kirk Chantraine - 19 days ago

5 Star Rating Really cool aquarium! It seemed small at first but entertained me and a couple of friends for a couple of hours during the day. I was really interested in the beluga whale, which I haven't seen at any other aquarium I've been to. A new exhibit was opening up for sting rays the day after we attended which I'm sure will only add to the variety of exhibits. I enjoyed that there were equal parts indoor and outdoor exhibits as well.

Kevin Bischoff - 1 month ago

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