Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea, Sidney

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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. For travelers who use our custom trip planner, Sidney holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • This is an excellent showcase for our Salish Sea. It is very well presented and educational. It has been developed with a lot of thought and expertise.  more »
  • This place is best shared with a young enquiring mind so bring your little ones for a full adventure. The aquariums are first class; you'll feel like you donned scuba gear. The front entrance is a jou...  more »
  • We visited the aquarium recently with our daughter, son-in-law, and two year old Grandson. We all enjoyed the exhibits and seeing of the marine life. It is difficult to keep a toddler engaged for any ...  more »
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  • We found the Salish Sea Aquarium quite by accident as we ventured into Sidney to kill some time before taking the rental car back to the airport and flying home. It is beautifully maintained, the entrance process which depicts a submarine dive is very dramatic, the displays are interesting and informative. The tanks are clean and well maintained and the fish are healthy. They take a very humane approach to stocking the tanks as everybody only stays a few months and is then released back to the ocean and replaced with a new "guest". I highly recommend a visit to this place.
  • I really enjoyed the sea life, staff and atmosphere of the venu. Staff and volunteers are great knowledgeable and friendly people. If your an adult and curious about marine life or have kids, it's worth it. The touch pool is beautiful and the animals almost appear friendly and welcoming. This is a special place for those who love the ocean.
  • It's a cool aquarium that is good for both kids and adults alike. There is a tidal pond in which kids can touch some sea anemones and starfish. It's not very big, but the tanks are well done. It's a bit pricey. Father's day cost 55$ for three adults and one child.
  • Not a big Aquarium by any means, but a really fun experience for the family. The displays, tanks, and exhibits inside were great! Good variety of sealife from the surrounding area.
  • Fun little place. Lots of good info and neat things to see. Bit smaller than I expected probably an hour and a half worth of stuff to see.

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