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: From: $42.00 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations
With over 60,000 amazing aquatic creatures at the Aquarium, what will you see today? Stop by and say hi to the adorable sea otters, or become mesmerized by the thousands of jellyfish. Enjoy daily sea lion, shark and penguin experiences, as well as the free-roaming animals found in the popular Amazon gallery – can you find the sloths?! Make sure to visit the Treasures of the BC Coast gallery to discover the unique and breath-taking animals that live in BC’s local waters, including ‘Ceph Rogen’, the Pacific Octopus.You can also immerse yourself in the 4D Experience Theatre, which combines the high-definition excitement of a 3D film with thrilling sensory effects! Did you know that you can also venture "Behind the Scenes" with our biologists? Book ahead to secure your spot or visit Guest Services to see if there is availability on the day of your visit.Find out for yourself why the Vancouver Aquarium is one of the world’s favourite aquariums!
Many tourist attractions are temporarily closed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Please verify any opening hours below with the attraction before visiting.
- 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: +1 604-659-3400
Julie E. Mar-24-2020
I've been to a lot of the aquariums in the states, but this one is probably my favorite one of all the aquariums that I've been to. The facility is clean,... Read More
Sherrie K. Feb-22-2020
Stanley Park Vancouver British Columbia Giant cockroaches. Yep, they have exhibits with huge roaches here. We do get flying 747 cockroaches in Hawaii, but... Read More
Carol T. Feb-03-2020
The aquarium is always a good experience. I have gone on weekdays and with the school groups it's not too crowded. The clientele is mostLy young parents... 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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