Vancouver Aquarium, Vancouver

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#1 of 14 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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  • An impressive marine conservation, research and rescue centre. We arrived for the 9.30am opening and enjoyed visiting the outdoor pools of otters and sea lions without crowds. Find the ‘research outpo...  more »
  • Not a bad price if you take into account the Aquariums research and educational role which needs funding. I thought the inside "tanks" were on the small side and the labelling of most fish was too sma...  more »
  • The visit this time had a big push towards awareness of plastic pollution. We have enjoyed the stingray pool in the past with our kids. The 4d theatre was awesome but scary for young kids at times (sh...  more »
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  • Love the Vancouver Aquarium! Lots of different exhibits to see. Great place to spend the day for kids and adults. The staff and volunteers are really friendly and knowledgeable. I think it's a great place because its focused on education and conservation more than just entertainment. But not to say it's not entertaining! It's also located in beautiful Stanley Park, but I hardly see the park at all because I usually end up spending all day in the aquarium!
  • The Vancouver Aquarium is an institution in the city, and for good reason. They exist to not only further the knowledge of aquatic life, but also provide a valuable resource for those who want to engage with what they would never see otherwise. The aquarium itself is open, well-designed, and has something for everyone. There are significant interior spaces that concentrate on certain ecosystems, with an intense focus on the local environment and the types of life in British Columbia's waters. A massive indoor tank provides a view of many species interacting. There are outdoor areas as well, where different instructional shows occur, providing additional context for the life on display and their behaviours in the wild. In terms of the facility, there are many amenities. A cafe is by the entrance, and of course there is a gift shop. There are many washrooms and water filling stations for those quick breaks, and there are even additional dining options for seasonal visitors. Nothing too fancy, but certainly filling enough if you forgot to pack a lunch. The added bonus of the location is that outside of the aquarium is one of the best parks in the world, so there's no shortage of experiences after you've ended your visit. A fantastic experience, and one that my family loves so much that we have annual passes.
  • Small aquarium but fun for my kid. I like how they are very considerate of our environment. Their cafe will not give straws or caps for your drinks to conserve plastic. The aquarium itself has a lot of different fish but some of the tanks need better maintenance as they are all growing algae and hard to see what's inside. The aquarium is also very hot during summers so don't expect to feel cool inside. It's not only customers either, you can see staff fanning themselves to stay cool.
  • Great place for a family to visit. Lots to see and learn about. Great location, can walk around Stanley Park once you're done inside. Would highly recommend for tourists/visitors as well. The 4D show is excellent and very popular with our family. Great place for all ages and is wheelchair accessible as well. The volunteers have been very knowledgeable and friendly. We will definitely be back!
  • This is a very nice aquarium with an emphasis on protecting the environment, not just a "show and tell" setup. They have displays that educate children about the ocean and what we as humans are doing to it. There are films, exhibits, and activities for kids in addition to all kinds of fish, many many jelly fish, sea otters and more. A bit pricey if you are a tourist, but that's to be expected and the money really benefits their programs and had an amazing impact on the kids as well as adults we were with.
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