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: 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

5 Star Rating Such a fun experience! Went there with some family, including my 2-year-old nephew. It was so fun showing him all the different fish and other underwater animals. The price is a bit hefty, but you can easily spend a few hours looking at everything.

Jessica Gould - 13 days ago

5 Star Rating Very educational and fun. The beluga and dolphin shows were definitely the best. The penguins were pretty cool as well. The rest of the exhibits are also fascinating. Lots of information to read, a few booths with "demonstrations" and the staff are extremely knowledgeable and friendly.

Someone Someone - 15 days ago

4 Star Rating I'm glad I took the whole family (w/ youngins), we had a great time and explored everything. It made for an expensive day, making an Van Aq a place to see every five years or so.

Todd Wagner - 21 days ago

5 Star Rating Every time we come to Vancouver, we come here with the whole family. Its always fun, fresh and the kids love the animals. You have to get a photo when you go there. what a great place, the best.

Joshua Racchi - 24 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 - 2 months ago

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