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Vancouver Aquarium at Stanley Park

Vancouver Aquarium

The Vancouver Aquarium at Stanley Park is one of Vancouver’s top attractions with all its fish, sea otters, 4D theatre and various exhibits.

The Vancouver Aquarium

Rain or shine, year-round the Vancouver Aquarium is one of Vancouver’s most popular tourist attractions (although do bring an umbrella if it’s raining as half the things to see are outside).

The Vancouver Aquarium isn’t cheap, but it’s a good one. To help you justify the high cost – at between around $30 and $40 for adults depending on the season – remember that it is a non-profit organization and that they do a lot of conservation and other valuable initiatives. Also, they have a really cool 4D movie theatre, so be sure to check that out along with all their regular marine animal shows.

If you have been to the Vancouver Aquarium before but not for a while, then go again – a lot has changed in the last little while.

Boy Looking at Aquarium Jelly Fish

About the Aquarium

A number of factors make the Vancouver Aquarium as popular as it is. For example, it is Canada’s largest aquarium, and one of the five largest in North America.

Since opening in 1956 as Canada’s first public aquarium, the Vancouver Aquarium has grown dramatically, with over 100,000 square feet of area today, 1500 staff and volunteers, 50,000 animals, and hundreds of thousands of visitors per year. The Vancouver Aquarium is also a world leader in environmental education and conservation.

Things to See at the Aquarium

There are lots of things to see and do at the Vancouver Aquarium. In addition to the 4D theatre and displays featuring tens of thousands of fish, there are daily sea otter performances, shark shows and more.

TIP #1: As it’s located in the middle of Stanley Park, consider spending part of the day touring the park and then part of the day at the Aquarium. If you still have hours remaining, the parking ticket you pay for at the aquarium is valid at other places throughout the park.

TIP #2: Get there early so you can see more of the shows and feedings. Also, don’t miss the 4D show (and don’t wait until the last showing in case it fills up).

TIP #3: The Vancouver Aquarium isn’t cheap, but it’s worth it if you like looking at fish and other marine life. To save money, you can bring your own food and snacks to have there or outside in the park as a picnic (or buy from the concession stand if you want the convenience and to support the Aquarium).

Gold Aquarium Fish

Special Events at the Aquarium

From time to time the Vancouver Aquarium hosts special events. Sometimes there are fancy fundraising dinners and other times adults-only evenings and even family sleepovers.

One of the most popular special events is during the Christmas season when the Aquarium gets decorated, holiday films are shown in the 4D theatre, and Santa (a.k.a. Scuba Claus) entertains people and swims with the fish.

For details about the Aquarium during the Christmas season, click Holiday Traditions and Scuba Claus.

For a list of other events of interest throughout the year, see the Aquarium’s Event Schedule.

Scuba Claus at Christmas at Aquarium
Scuba Claus at the Vancouver Aquarium

Other Information

For more information, check out the Vancouver Aquarium‘s website.

For a list of other places to visit, click Top Vancouver Attractions.