Things to do in Vancouver – Vancouver Aquarium

Canada’s largest aquarium sits in the heart of Stanley Park.  Unveiling a major expansion on June 13, 2014, the Vancouver Aquarium is a phenomenal year-round attraction.  Known for its habitats featuring cetaceans (whales, dolphins, and porpoises), Vancouver Aquarium was the first in the world to feature killer whales.  While killer whales are no longer on display, the research done on killer whales at the aquarium helped cement its reputation as a world-leading marine animal research facility.  Current cetaceans on display at the aquarium include dolphins, porpoises, and beluga whales.  The aquarium is active in the rescue and recovery of cetaceans.  One of the stars in the dolphin program was rescued from certain death in the wild after being snagged in a commercial fishing net and losing most of her flippers.

These rehabilitated dolphins can really move!

These rehabilitated dolphins can really move!


Marine exhibits are organized in a variety of different classifications based on the location, climate, and species.  One amazing exhibit features several tanks of luminescent jellyfish.  Another area showcases animals indigenous to the Amazon Rain Forest (including some cuddling Amazon Blue Parrots).  But the stars at the aquarium are, of course, the fish.  Get an underwater view of sharks and manta rays, or watch the daily fish-feeding in the huge lobby tank.  The Vancouver Aquarium features over 70, 000 individual animals representing 6,000 species.  Marine animals are featured in 9.5 million liters of water tanks.

Amazon Blue Parrots will charm you with their chatter

Amazon Blue Parrots will charm you with their chatter

The Vancouver Aquarium welcomes visitors of all ages.  Small children will welcome the Disney-esque clownfish display, but my little one was a bit timid at the underwater tank viewing areas which can seem quite dark and ominous.  Families visiting during the day will enjoy excellent food and beverage options.  The Aquarium promotes “Ocean Wise” which guarantees that the seafood being served is harvested in a sustainable manner.  One of Vancouver guiltiest “guilty pleasures” has to be chomping down fish & chips at the Vancouver Aquarium!

I didn't find Nemo, but there must be a hundred of his cousins...

I didn’t find Nemo, but there must be dozens of his cousins here.


Vancouver Aquarium – Location and Hours

The Vancouver Aquarium is located in the heart of Stanley Park, just past the main information centre.

The Aquarium is open year-round.  Regular hours are 9:00am to 5:00pm.  Holiday hours are 9:30am to 6:00pm.


Vancouver Aquarium – Rates

Adult – $29
Senior (65+), Student, Youth (13 to 18) – $20
Child (4 to 12) – $15
Toddler (3 and under) – Free

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