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: $36.00 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 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.With mobile tickets, simply scan your phone for direct entry into the Vancouver Aquarium.


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 4.5 out of 5

4 Star Rating Love to visit the aquarium from time to time to see the frogs, dolphins, sharks, and the cute and lovely penguins! The addition of the "Discover Ray" exhibition lets you get really up-close with the sting rays. This place is both fun and educational for all ages! One thing I like is that all of the featured sea creatures (such as the False Killer Whale) on display is that they were rescued and being taken care of as they are determined to be non-releasable. That makes it more reasonable to keep them and providing a home for them. Prices for food and drinks at the cafe are a little too expensive and wish it could be improved a bit so it is more friendly.

Alvin BuySell - 13 days ago

5 Star Rating The Vancouver Aquarium is one of my favourite attractions in this city. They highlight the diversity of aquatic and marine life in BC, and make it a fun, educational experience for all ages! I also like that they do research, and save and try to rehabilitate animals to release back in the wild when possible. The only thing that prevents me from going to the Aquarium all the time is the steep price.

Sally Minz - 23 days ago

5 Star Rating I love the aquarium. It's clean, educational and has amazing variety. They do a lot to highlight the issues facing our oceans and encourage people to do their part to help. Lots of informative and interactive exhibits, shows and special features. The gift shop is amazing as well.

Liz Taitt - 24 days ago

4 Star Rating Vancouver Aquarium is a magnificent and adventurous sea center to see many kinds of lovable and awesome sea creatures--especially my favorite sea animals, the baby sea otters! Wonderful place for the kids and the whole family. Great shows and exhibits to have that sense of wonder.(One more thing, for any fans of James Cameron's Avatar, the next part might take place underwater of Pandora. Keep an eye out for most sea creatures you see in the aquarium...you may never know what kind of sea creatures there may inspire Na'vi's sea habitats).

Anthony Albania - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating I loved this place. It is right at Stanley Park and easily accessible from downtown. It is beautiful and informative, you get pretty close up to the whales, sea otters, sharks and best of all the Pacific Coast Sea Lions. There are a number of pavilions exhibiting the wildlife of the west coast. In some areas of the space you walk through it following a series of boardwalks through botanical gardens alive with all sorts of species of birds, amphibians, otters and other creatures. It is well worth the admission fee. And, you can leave the aquarium and head straight into Stanley Park and around the Seawall.

Brian Burke - 3 months ago

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