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Vancouver Aquarium

Aquarium in Vancouver, British Columbia

Travel Tips

Animal Shows and Exhibits

Watch the dolphin, Beluga whale, and Sea Lion shows. 1

Features dolphins, sea otters, penguins, reef sharks, rays, and sealions. 2

Don't miss the killer whale and beluga exhibits. 3

Visiting Tips

Arrive at opening time (10am) to avoid crowds. 4

Visit before 11 a.m. or after 4 p.m. in peak season to avoid crowds. 5

Morning visits are less crowded. Spend 2-3 hours to fully enjoy the exhibits. 6

Family-Friendly Experience

Perfect for families and marine animal enthusiasts. 7

Ideal for families and nature enthusiasts. 8

Ideal for families and a perfect plan for rainy days. 9

Educational and Conservation Experience

An educational visit to learn about marine life conservation. Check for reopening updates. 10

Enjoy the 'encounters' program for an educational experience. 11

Introduction

Exhibits

  • 🐟 Pacific Canada Pavilion: Features a 260,000-litre tank with fish and invertebrates from the Strait of Georgia.
  • ❄️ Steller's Bay/Canada's Arctic: Home to Steller sea lions and other Arctic species.
  • 🐧 Penguin Point: Previously featured African penguins, now demolished for future habitat.
  • 🌊 The Wild Coast: Outdoor gallery with marine mammals like sea otters and seals.
  • 🌿 Amazon Rainforest: Freshwater fish, snakes, caimans, sloths, and birds from the Amazon.
  • 🐸 Frogs Forever? Gallery: Focuses on the plight of the world's frog population.
  • 🌴 Tropics Gallery: Tropical fish, blacktip reef sharks, and a green sea turtle.
  • πŸ¦‘ Canaccord Exploration Gallery: Home to jellies, fish, and a 4D Theatre.

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Events

  • πŸŽ‰ Fish + Sips: After-hours event featuring drinks and marine life.
  • πŸ‘Ύ Monsters Of The Abyss: Explore deep-sea creatures and their habitats.
  • 🌞 Summer Events: Special activities and exhibits during the summer season.
  • 🐬 Sea Lion Training: Daily shows and training sessions with sea lions.
  • 🎟️ Member Reservations: Book your visit online to ensure entry on popular days.

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Visitor Information

  • πŸ•’ Opening Hours: Open daily, hours may vary by season.
  • 🎟️ Ticket Prices: Vary by day; buy online to save.
  • πŸš‡ Public Transit: Accessible via Bus 19 to Stanley Park.
  • πŸ…ΏοΈ Parking: Available on-site, fees apply.
  • 🍴 Dining: On-site cafes and restaurants available.
  • πŸ›οΈ Gift Shop: Offers a variety of souvenirs and educational materials.
  • β™Ώ Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible with ramps and elevators.

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Conservation Efforts

  • 🌊 Marine Mammal Rescue: Dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating marine mammals.
  • πŸ“š Education: Programs aimed at increasing ocean literacy and climate activism.
  • πŸ”¬ Research: Conducts global research projects on marine life and ecosystems.
  • πŸ… Accreditations: Recognized by AZA, CAZA, AMMPA, and American Humane.
  • 🌱 Sustainability: LEED Gold certified for energy and environmental design.

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History

  • πŸ“… Founded: Opened on June 15, 1956.
  • πŸ›οΈ Founders: UBC professors Murray Newman, Carl Lietze, and Wilbert Clemens.
  • πŸ’° Funding: Initial funding from H.R. MacMillan and government grants.
  • πŸ‹ Firsts: First aquarium to capture and display an orca.
  • πŸ… Designations: Designated as Canada's Pacific National Aquarium in 1987.

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Animals

  • 🐠 Fish: Around 300 species of fish.
  • πŸ¦‘ Invertebrates: Almost 30,000 invertebrates.
  • 🐍 Reptiles: 56 species of amphibians and reptiles.
  • 🦦 Sea Otters: Home to 8 sea otters including Katmai, Rialto, and Joey.
  • 🦭 Seals: Houses 4 harbor seals and 6 northern fur seals.
  • 🦁 Sea Lions: 11 Steller sea lions and 1 California sea lion.
  • 🐒 Turtles: One green sea turtle named Schoona.
  • 🦈 Sharks: Includes species like the blacktip reef shark.

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Travel Information
πŸ“žΒ Β Β Phone: +1 778-655-9554
🌐   Website: https://www.vanaqua.org/
πŸ•’Β Β Β Hours: See hours
πŸ“Β Β Β Address: 845 Avison Way, Vancouver, BC V6G 3E2, Canada
πŸ”—Β Β Β Profiles: Facebook YouTube X (Twitter) TikTok Instagram

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