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. Take a look at our Quebec City vacation builder to schedule your visit to Aquarium du Quebec and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • August 15, 2017
    I was quite disappointed of the Quebec aquarium. Adults only, you can go your way! We made the rounds of 3 areas in about 45 Minutes. Some pools are "sad", little movements, lights down... it's a shame! It lacks a bit of life! Workshops with pets must be to see (I did have the opportunity to do for lack of time). On the other hand, hospitality and explanations received by teams are at the top! Output to do with children! Not to be missed: the rays touch pool, a treat!
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  • August 15, 2017
    In the province, there are few places where visit the aquatic animal world, the aquarium of Quebec remains a very interesting site to visit, but for the visiting several times since 35 years there would be something to improve (from the point of view of the presentation of animals). The addition of an area youth to relax (water) and change ideas (ride style tree to tree) brings one more for parents who have children who can get tired just watching aquatic animals. Presentation of the outdoor shows areas lack a little space and you have to go more than 30 minutes before the start to sit (lack of seats except for the big stage)... Not very easy with young children in the Sun. Some animal types that were present in the past are no longer there and found a few aquariums in doubles with the same fish... The underwater area is beautiful, but lack of varieties.
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  • August 13, 2017
    Although presenting interesting species of fish, reptiles and marine mammals, the $50 dollars plus family admission is way too expensive for what this activity as to offer...  more »
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  • May 25, 2017
    Great place to visit with the kids but adults can enjoy it a well. The aquarium is split in three pavilions and the outside training areas. Also the staff is bilingual. The jellyfish display was beautiful. There's a 3 story fish tank, which was really cool. They have a seal show, and a walrus show. They also have 2 polar bears, super cool. The also have a ray petting pool. My daughter really enjoyed herself and i got to see polar bears up close.
  • July 8, 2017
    General aquarium. A little bit on the small side compared to other aquariums I've visited, but each building is separate and made to be like a public park, which was nice to walk around. The admission prices were also quite fair and inexpensive. Good place to take kids for a couple hours.
  • April 28, 2017
    Very inspiring place but requires maintenance - some educational displays not working or incomplete, some fish seemed to be in rather poor conditions (eyes missing, fins damaged - maybe it's natural but it looks sad). And as a foreigner who speaks no French I felt a bit neglected - the presentations were given only in French. A visit recommended for kids and adults alike. I paid a full adult ticket but feel like I got only 60% of the potential value also because there were no outdoor shows despite there is nice big arena near the seal pool (because of the low season?) but nobody told us when we arrived.
  • June 30, 2017
    Friendly attentive staff make this little gem even better. Plan 3 to 4 hours to see everything including the shows, which include seals, walruses and polar bears. Great jellyfish exhibition too. The grounds are very well kept and we're the icing on the cake.
  • May 17, 2017
    We drove from Niagara Falls to visit this aquarium, and the experience was less than satisfactory. First we had to argue that my son was under the age of two as they did not believe us. I had a grandparent email a copy of a birth certificate as proof which took 20 minutes. When we got inside we found most of the vendors where closed. The polar bear exhibit along with the other outside exhibits had not been clean. The. Glass partitions where not cleaned and we had a hard time seeing anything. The arctic fox exhibit looked full of dead animals as it was mid may and the temperature outside was 20 degrees Celsius so the animals where hiding and not active. On top of it all the staff seemed a bit rude to people who did not speak French, I found this to be common as other English speaking guests where treated the same. I do not recommend this venue.

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