Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre, Sidney
(4/5 based on 240+ reviews on the web)
Immerse yourself in an underwater world at Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre, 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 Ocean Discovery Centre on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Sidney itinerary planner.
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  • Everything you need to know about the Salish sea and the Straight of Jjuan da Fuca and its marine life. As an aquarium hobbyist this was so informative, from the micro organism to the impressive salt ...  more »
  • They have a great display of touch pools and a very neat octopus talk.. a great place to spend with kids. It's small, yes, but this means you don't feel rushed trying to cram everything in. Can spend ...  more »
  • My kid and family had lots of fun here. From the trip under the sea to all the under water sites. There is even a giant octopus. 
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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!