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
Official Website: Vancouver AquariumFee:
Some attractions may have reduced hours or be closed due to COVID-19. Please verify opening hours with the attraction before visiting.
- Monday: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
- Tuesday: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
- Wednesday: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
- Thursday: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
- Friday: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
- Saturday: 9:30 am - 7:00 pm
- Sunday: 9:30 am - 7:00 pm
845 Avison Way
Vancouver, BC V6G 3E2
Phone: +1 604-659-3400
Kirsten C. Sep-26-2020
So wonderful here - so well set up, so calming to visit, animals well cared for and their rehabilitation work is so incredible. The Oceanwise program is so... Read More
S C. Oct-05-2020
There was no dolphin, whale, sea otter, sea lion, seal, penguin, sea turtle, and shark, as posted on their website. The snake and the alligator were... Read More
Justine S. Sep-18-2020
Due to covid, the second floor and show room is closed and you won't be able to do some of the interactive activities. They also have a sign system for the... Read More
Accommodations near Vancouver Aquarium:
|Skytrain and Bus Line||Nearest Station||Walking Time|
|Expo Line||Burrard Station||5 Minutes|
|Canada Line||Waterfront Station||5 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.
Map & Instant Route Finder
Click&Go Map and Route Finder with public transit, walking, driving or cycling directions. Get up-to-the-minute transit times for your route.