Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea, Sidney

(4.1/5 based on 240+ reviews on the web)
Immerse yourself in an underwater world at Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea, an award-winning aquarium dedicated to improving the ecosystem of the Salish Sea. Walk among the blue waters showcasing a vast array of different marine animals including wolf eels, jellyfish, rockfish, a giant Pacific octopus, and hundreds of other creatures. Look through the microscopes to observe tiny marine organisms or feel the skin of a sea urchin in the touch pool. Tours here offer a variety of games and activities to keep kids entertained as they learn about the marine ecosystem. Put Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Sidney itinerary planner.
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  • Great inter tidal action and plenty of ways to build relationships with the sea! Tina showed us around and was a great interpreter and representative of the centre. She answered all questions and conc...  more »
  • I expected it to be small with not much to see, but they packed a lot into this place! From the tiniest critters to some of the largest, it packed lots of ecosystems and creatures in. The exhibits wer...  more »
  • Kids had a blast .. very nice to have something like this in Sidney. Touching Anemones was my daughter's favourite, and we also lucked into a Lego Workshop there.  more »
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  • Great set up. Well done. Not too long but a great part of a day in Sidney. Kids loved it. Lots of interesting things for the adults.
  • Very beautiful aquarium, if surprisingly small. This aquarium has a stunning array of tanks displaying diverse aquatic flora and fauna of nearby waters. The octopus is a highlight, so if you don't spot it, make sure to ask one of the friendly interpreters for help. I definitely wish it was bigger, but they're doing amazing things with the space they have.
  • This place it really fun. The kids love trying to count all the jelly fish. There is also a touch pool where the kids can go and touch the different star fish and sea cucumbers. This is a must SEA attraction.
  • Lots of interesting animal life from the Salish Sea. I definitely recommend checking out the touch tables to experience some of the local sea life first hand. There are a variety of jelly fish in different shapes sizes and colors, urchins, starfish, salmon, and more.
  • I love taking the kids and vistitors here. Always a great learning experience. The touch tanks are the best!