Vancouver Aquarium, Vancouver

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#1 of 13 in Zoos & Aquariums in British Columbia
Come face-to-face with an array of exotic marine creatures at Vancouver Aquarium. Established in 1950, the aquarium houses more than 50 species of amphibians alongside 300 species of fish. You can admire several rare dolphins and beluga whales at the site, which participates in a number of ocean conservation projects. Reserve your tickets in advance, as the attraction can sell out. To visit Vancouver Aquarium and other attractions in Vancouver, use our Vancouver trip maker app .
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  • I have been in many places around the world, this in one is just ok, nothing really exiciting, about Canada and this ocean life ! Not for adults for sure, and the price !!  more »
  • nice place to visit for a half or full day you can get all the basics in a short half day visit or go for all the lectures talks and tours for a full day visit. I really enjoyed the talk about Helen t...  more »
  • Great place with many animals and a wide variety arranged in different areas of the world. The dolphin/seal show is free to watch and very entertaining and educational. Loved the ray touch tank as wel...  more »
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  • Great place! They have many unique animals/sea creatures there, from endangered frogs from Brazil to the electric eel, the sloths, and weird-looking sea critters. The exhibits/aquariums are really beautifully designed. The dolphin exhibit was pretty cool! As well as the otters! I was told that there was a beluga or narwhal (can't remember which) there, but we did not see it. They have stingrays that you can touch! Also, like someone else said, the food is expensive. Overall, a good place to see and I recommend going.
  • It's a great place to wander. The aquarium itself is fairly small compared to others I've attended, but contains many interesting live exhibits. You'll find seals, sea lions, rays, jellyfish, frogs, starfish, an electric eel, and many local aquatic lifeforms. They have had belugas and other cetaceans in the past, although I think those exhibits are being phased out. There are usually fossils available for viewing as well. The gift shop is extensive if you're looking for souvenirs, but with it being in Stanley Park and so close to the water, I prefer to take a slew of pictures to commemorate my visit.
  • Hard not to love the aquarium. A fascinating location featuring an extensive array of exhibits, showcasing marine animals from all around the world. It's also quite evident that the staff there genuinely care for the animals, making every effort to ensure they're properly cared for and treated. Highly recommended.
  • This was my favorite place to take my daughter last summer. We both absolutely loved it! It's super busy and crowded at times, but where else can you learn soo much about in such a short time. The stingray exhibit will be in my memories as a truly special moment for me. I can't stress enough how awesome this place is. Spend the $ and go see it!
  • Such a great place for kids and families to explore and see a wide variety of animals, fish and creatures in a clean, well cared for environment. We have an annual pass and visit regularly. You can take a half day for a detailed tour, or go for a quick 45 minute visit to get away from the rain.

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