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Vancouver Aquarium, Vancouver

4.2
#1 of 13 in Zoos & Aquariums in British Columbia
Zoo / Aquarium Educational Site
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. Put Vancouver Aquarium and other Vancouver attractions into our Vancouver vacation planner, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • Vancouver Aquarium was great specially with kids. We really enjoyed the Sea lions and the African Penguins.  more »
  • The place is amazing and gets into the Stanley Park, which is great, because you already know two places at once. It's big and has a lot to see it's worth it!
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  • As part of a technical conference at the nearby Westin Bayshore Hotel, we had a fun night special reception at the Vancouver Aquarium in Stanley Park nearby. The aquarium is not the largest, but it ha...  more »
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  • You can't really beat the aquarium. Nestled in the incredible Stanley Park, there are hundreds of lovely sea creatures ready to great you and keep you entertained for hours on end. I've got some younger nieces and nephews, so I assumed me taking them there for a visit was a trip only for them. Boy was I wrong. I really underestimated how much I stood to learn about our lovely friends under the sea. The staff is so knowledgeable AND you can tell they really truly love what they do. Tours are always readily available and at no additional fee. What struck me as well was their commitment to Ocean sustainability - it isn't all about watching animals swim around in tanks. The story about how they saved that dolphin, Chester, really struck me. They're really doing beautiful things there. They absolutely could stand to have better food options, or allow us to bring in outside food :P
  • This a great Aquarium. It has a variety of many different Coastal environments, and doesn't focus on needing to display only tropical fish. The Dolphin/ Rescue exhibit is nice to see, especially since they have a fake Killer Wake. Too bad the Beluga whales passed last year. The final thing is that they display descriptions very well, so you can easily contrast different Coastal areas of Vancouver. This is a must see, that rivals other great West Coast Aquariums.
  • We so love coming to the aquarium. My husband and I have gone a few times just the two of us and we finally had the chance to bring our daughter this trip! It was wonderful to see the porpoise and the false killer whale chester. I love the educational focus of this aquarium. Visiting the aquarium is a must!
  • An outstanding aquarium! A bit pricey at $36, but their emphasis on conservation and the exhibits make it well worth it. The staff is very friendly, courteous, and knowledgeable. Overall, it was an excellent visit.
  • The aquarium is fun and beautiful. I loved the sea otters, and I don't think I've seen so many types of jellyfish before. However, the price of admission is steep. I recommend going as soon as they open in the morning because it gets crowded by noon.

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