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 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: 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

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

Rated 4.4 out of 5

4 Star Rating Over priced entry fee by far but a fantastic place to enjoy and see interesting animals and aquatic life. Food inside is also over priced but tasty burgers. Needs more community support and less protests or pretty soon there won't be much there to pay an entry fee for. The people who run the aquarium are caring and knowledgeable, they care greatly for the animals and anyone who thinks otherwise should quit protesting and go apply for a job there to make an actual difference that matters.

Aaron - 8 days ago

5 Star Rating One of Vancouver's most popular attractions, totally great for families, friends, couples, and you will enjoy it even if you are on your own. By the time i write this, some decisions are taking place to probably prohibit the preservation of belugas and dolphins, so i am not sure what time you would be reading this, hopefully as early as i hope. A great place that preserves the aquatic life to so much efficient degrees and reflects how, as an organization, it acts in environmental friendly ways. Go enjoy.

Sherif Tarek - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating An amazing place to get up close with the animals that love just off the coast - animals that are easy to take for granted despite living very close to them. Not only is the Vancouver Aquarium a great place to visit, they're actually a not-for-profit education and research Marine Science Centre, so you know you're supporting the conservation of marine life, not just in British Columbia, but world wide. Entertaining, and educational.

Greg Dejasco - 2 months ago

5 Star Rating My kids both love this place, and my oldest daughter now wants to grow up and rescue hurt animals too. I know there is controversy over the whales and dolphins, and I hope they can respond in a way to satisfy those very valid concerns, but they do great outreach and kids are inspired to do better by this place. We have an annual membership which is very affordable, but parking here is very pricey. Membership discounts on food is great, and summer ice cream is a great cheap treat.

Kristie Keeney - 2 months ago

5 Star Rating An awesome facility with so much neat stuff to see and learn about. Admission can be a bit high but it's non-profit and they do rescue and research too, so I feel good for contributing. I really appreciate their focus on BC wildlife and conservation, while still having the exotic tropical exhibits. The non-aquatic exhibits are much nicer than the Vancouver Zoo. I'd recommend it to tourists or locals.

Cody McQuaid - 3 months ago

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