Aquarium du Quebec, Quebec City

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#3 of 14 in Zoos & Aquariums in Quebec
Discover Canada’s fascinating wildlife at Aquarium du Quebec. Opened in 1959, the aquarium offers visitors the chance to admire more than 300 marine animal species. Stroll through a tunnel in the spacious water tank and observe the underwater animals of the Pacific Ocean, including rays, jellyfish, and seahorses. In the coastal sector, you can interact with and see starfish, sea urchins, and sea cucumbers. Wander the outdoor area that houses animals from the St Lawrence River and the wetlands, or view a selection of arctic animals, such as harp seals, polar bears, and walruses. Planning Quebec City trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.
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  • The Aquarium offers several buildings with different animal types. You can touch lines, great pleasure to large and small. The Pavilion with the jellyfish is impressive. This is the first time we have seen walruses, impressive!
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  • I can't put my finger on why I didn't enjoy this Aquarium more. Normally I love aquariums, and I never miss one. Maybe because it was a hot day, and it was crowded (which wasn't the Aquarium's fault, ...  more »
  • It was my first visit and I loved, I went with my grandchildren, they were amazed by all the different fish and animals present. to do!
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  • The place is badly designed, the tanks in the aquarium exhibition have poor lighting inside, on top of the ceiling that blind you if you wear glasses and also throw reflections everywhere inclusive on the tank glass, making looking inside the tank more of an exercise of visual acuity rather than patience. Also they are raised from the floor for little kids to watch inside the tanks, with a narrow sidewalk that has some rocks on top of it making it impossible for someone in a wheelchair to approach the tank and look from close. Also the hallways are quite narrow for the human flow that circulates there. There is nothing really interesting to see at the 1st and 2nd floor of the fresh water and salt water exhibition tanks and there is no explanation of what you get at 3rd floor. What you get at the 3rd floor is the most exciting : a snake petting zoo and in a floor to ceiling cylindrical tank, well illuminated from inside : an octopus! This animal had me mesmerized : I spent a good 15 minutes in front of that tank and I was so absorbed by it's behavior that my family told me I completely ignored them even when they tapped me on the shoulder to let me know they were moving away. The animal in itself was not huge, I approximate mantle length at like 30 cm but the arms on the cylindrical surface of the tank and the shape distortion of the round glass surface made it look larger. I was so absorbed because it behaved intelligently, I put my hand in it's visual range and moved it slowly towards it and it came to investigate : was I a good food menu option or was it trying to communicate something? Anyway a lot more intriguing behavior than the distant fish. Also downstairs they have a petting zoo for rays and sharks, a really shallow 10m diameter pond where you have some 30cm rays and some 50 cm sharks to pet. The rays have no stingers. The mammalian exhibition has a pool where some grey seals swim 8n a relatively shallow pool, next to them are the walruses, and next to them 2 polar bears. The male is the more impressive animal to look at, and at 400kg and 18 years old is quite the specimen. In the wild, the polar bear, the largest land carnivore living on planet Earth, can reach 800kg in body mass and lives around 18-20 years. In captivity it can live at up to 25 to 30 years. The female was more mellow and was swimming nonchalantly in the pool like inviting the visitor to swim together. Their swimming pool has a deep portion with a glass wall where the visitors can see them swimming and meet them face to face. The same deep portion of the swimming pool with a wall glass was present in the walruses enclosure as well. Too bad that these 2 phenomenal displays are not accessible for disabled people, a flight of stairs is done to come down to look these magnificent polar mammals in the eye!
  • We had an amazing experience at this aquarium! My daughter loved the animals especially the polar bears, walrus', and getting to touch the sting rays. The whole family had fun!! We be going back if we decide to visit Quebec City again!!
  • This is a nice aquarium. It has several buildings with a nice park experience to walk around. The exhibits are good and if you go slow and read everything and spend some time at each tank you can make a day of it. Having been to other city's aquariums this one does the over all experience well (great play ground, pretty our door walk ways, clean, and easy to navigate even with a stroller, really nice touch pools) but some of the exhibits are not as impressive as other locations (the tube where you walk through the tank is small other places have more fish and larger variety including more sharks/Ray's). I'm glad we went we had a nice day but I don't ever need to go back.
  • Great experience! The kids enjoyed touching the stingrays and the starfish... I kept thinking of Dory and the scene where the fish hate being touched... Lol We stuck to the inside parts as it was cold and as a tourist we were unprepared for the biting chill in the air. I would definitely go back and explore the outside areas next time! Also the gentleman at the ticket area was very friendly and helpful. We did bring a picnic and supplemented it with some warm Mac n cheese.... It was a hit, we ended up ordering a second helping!
  • This place is Super Wow! We visited in late November and shared the whole place with maybe 10 - 15 other families. Fewer show times than in summer but there were no line ups and we were able to spend as much time as we wanted with each exhibit. This is an indoor and outdoor facility so dress accordingly if visiting while it's cold outside. There are many coat hangers in the pavilion Staff were all friendly, welcoming and interested to talk about, and show us the animals. The children were very engaged. We made an effort to parle en francais and the interactions and experience where hugely rewarding. All signs are in French and English but I recommend that you take an opportunity to try speaking in French, even if it's not good and you're embarrassed, it is very much appreciated. Got to see many of the animals being fed. Had a serious chat with the owls. Beautiful toys in the gift shop. The children LOVED riding around in a cart, didn't have to pay to rent it, was useful to carry around all the children's winter gear. Would recommend, especially to families.

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