About Vancouver Aquarium
The Vancouver Aquarium is a self-supporting, non-profit society dedicated to effecting the conservation of aquatic life through display, communication, public programming and education, research and direct action. The Vancouver Aquarium is currently the largest aquarium in Canada. It is also the first official public aquarium when it opened its doors on June 15, 1956. Starting from 9000 sq. ft., the aquarium now has a total of 100,000 sq. ft. of attractions and amenities.
What to Do at Vancouver Aquarium?
Things to Do
The Vancouver Aquarium offers a vast variety of water and land animals that are truly a must see for the visitors of all ages. Not only you get to experience them up close and personal but also get the right knowledge on how they live and how to take care of them. There are over 50,000 animals from all over the world spread amongst 12 galleries.
With 300 species of fish, there would be a lot of interaction as well as knowledge to be acquired by its visitors. It also houses 56 kinds of reptiles and amphibians as well as 30,000 invertebrates. The aquarium also takes care of their one and only Pacific white-sided dolphin named Helen who is about 24 years old and was rescued from Japan.
Aside from this, there are also many galleries and exhibits that you can go to during your visit to the aquarium.
Look closely. A group of amphipods sits on the bell of a lion’s mane (Cyanea capillata). These little crustaceans are hitchhiking on the jellyfish in Arctic waters. This shot was captured by one of the Vancouver Aquarium research divers currently surveying the waters around Cambridge Bay, Nunavut. They have been collecting baseline data on the animals, geological features and water conditions. This information will be shared with other scientists visiting the region in the future. This project is being done in partnership with Polar Knowledge Canada (POLAR) and the Canadian High Arctic Research Station (CHARS). #research
- Experience stingrays with the aquarium’s hands-on encounter and know more about their species.
- Discover the animals that live in the cold water at Canada’s Arctic exhibit. Visitors will also get a cutting edge technology of presentations and galleries to understand more about not only the animals but also the people from the north.
- Vancouver Aquarium aims to showcase the lives of different animals in different settings. The Graham Amazon Gallery features animals that live in South America’s tropical rainforest. With thousands of species that can be found, the gallery will show you some of the most amazing kinds and be able to understand how they are able to live freely despite the common threats to their homes caused by developments.
- See penguins at Penguin Point. The Penguin Point in Vancouver Aquarium offers its visitors a 180 degree view of these species.
- Take advantage of the aquarium’s unique activities such as animal encounters with dolphins, Amazon birds and sea otters.
- Go on behind the scene tours where in you can see how the people take care of the many animals found in the Aquarium.
- Spend the night over to witness something special at night after the Aquarium closes. This will be a different experience that the whole family will truly enjoy.
- The Teck Connections & Engagement Galleries is one of the newest expansions in the aquarium and offers interactive experience through its globe that has 360 degrees of screen. Discover the Arctic and the other aquatic worlds!
- Witness how the research team of the aquarium does their job as well as their projects and conservation initiatives at the Canaccord Financial Exploration Gallery.
- You’ll also find the 4-D Theatre here which showcase how animals survive in their everyday lives.
- The Treasures Of The B.C. Coast exhibits the vast British Columbia’s aquatic life and their habitat.
- Experience underwater view and discover some of the species found in this territory such as the pacific giant octopus, salmon, hagfish, rockfish and beautiful corals.
- Get an up-close and personal with Pacific Canada Pavilion’s 260,000 litre of marine life featuring the Strait of Georgia. Observe thousand of species like crabs, kelp, halibut sea stars and many other fishes in this exhibit.
- Frogs Forever? is a gallery that features many species of frogs, salamanders and toads. Enter this world of amphibians and learn the different types from different parts of the region.
- The Clownfish Cove is the great offers an interactive and fun activity for kids which teach them how to be caring for animals while playing at the same time. It also includes storytelling and whole family programs to make it more enjoyable and memorable.
- Spot Schoona, a green sea turtle and blacktip reef sharks at the Tropic Zone.
- Enjoy daily shows – see Dolphins, Sea Otters, Sharks, Seals and Sea Lions live in action!
When to visit Vancouver Aquarium?
The Vancouver Aquarium is open 365 days a year
Regular Hours of Operation
Sunday – Saturday: 10:00am – 5pm
Extended Hours Schedule – B.C Family Day Long Weekend
Saturday, February 11 to Monday, February 13: 9:30am – 6pm
Time required to visit:
3 hrs or more, depending on interest
Mid Day and Holidays.
How much will it cost to visit Vancouver Aquarium?
Senior 65+/ Youth (13-18)/ Student: $27
Child (4-12): $21
Child (3 & Under): Free
$2 off when using a valid transit pass.
50 percent discount off of the general admissions price, or a free attendant when paying full price admissions.
How to get tickets?
Online / At the Door
How to get to Vancouver Aquarium?
845 Avison Way, Vancouver, BC V6G 3E2
Lat: 49.3007429702 Lon: -123.130330767
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Parking: Pay parking slots as well as electric car charging stations are available nearby the Vancouver Aquarium. However, in the event that it gets full, Stanley Park also offers more parking spaces for the visitors.
Public Transit Accessible
It’s a moment of calm in an interpreter’s otherwise hectic day. On the other side of the acrylic pane, they can see the hustle and bustle of many visitors smiling and pointing. But inside the Strait of Georgia exhibit, all they hear are the bubbles of their mouthpiece as they float peacefully among the rockfishes and sturgeons. Join us for regular dive shows in the Pacific Canada Pavilion and in the Tropic Zone where the interpreter dives with the sharks.
What about amenities and accessibility?
Wheel chair accessible - Accepts Access 2 Entertainment cards.
Service animals allowed
Strollers, wheelchairs and walkers are available at the Vancouver Aquarium for free on a first come first served basis.
Wash rooms/ family friendly
Café: Vancouver Aquarium has different cafes and restaurants to fill your craving whenever you visit. Choose from Aquarium Café and Waterfall Café for your breakfast, lunch or even just for a cup of coffee.
The Vancouver Aquarium gift shop offers a wide range of souvenirs that you can bring home to make your trip even more memorable. Available items included toys, home decors, jewelries as well as clothes.