Vancouver Aquarium is as entertaining as it is educational
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: Yes. Tickets must be purchased from the official website in advance.
Hours may be subject to change. Please verify on the official website.
- 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
845 Avison Way
Vancouver, BC V6G 3E2
Phone: +1 778-655-9554
Gyr N. Nov-20-2022
We never skip Vancouver Aquarium whenever we're at Stanley Park. Aside from great collection of fish, the aquarium has a great seal training show. It's... Read More
Howard Z. Nov-29-2022
Very informative and cool spot to duck into for a couple hours while it rained a bit outside! Watch out for the herds of school children being wowed by... Read More
Michelle D. Nov-26-2022
Good for kids. You can finish looking around in about an hour or two. It was cool to see sloths and monkeys. The scarlet ibis was very awesome to see in... 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.
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