Located within the popular Stanley Park, Vancouver Aquarium is Canada’s largest, home to more than 70,000 curious aquatic creatures. As a non-profit organisation, the Aquarium’s main goal is to connect people with nature and does so with its impressive array of exhibitions and galleries, interactive animal encounters and behind-the-scenes tours.
Since it opened in 1956, Vancouver Aquarium has welcomed over 35 million visitors to its marine displays. With a prime spot in Stanley Park, it attracts visitors from all over the world with its water-loving critters, walk-through rainforest, Teck Connections & Engagement Galleries and fascinating Tropic Zone, which includes The Wild Coast and Penguin Point. It’s not hard to see why the Aquarium is Stanley Park’s biggest drawcard.
From aggressive sharks to waddling penguins and curious sea otters, there’s no shortage of sea creatures in the Aquarium. One of the most impressive displays is the Beluga Show. Hailing from the sub-zero waters of the Arctic, the charming white beluga whales out of their natural habitat are quite special.
Vancouver Aquarium’s Sleepover programs allow visitors to spend the night, with a continental breakfast to boot. Family-themed and group sleepovers are available and give visitors the chance to watch the animals after the sun goes down, and even get up close and personal in a behind-the-scenes marine lab exploration.
If you’re visiting the area, make sure you stop off to spot some fish in the picturesque Stanley Park before entering the Aquarium. If you’re travelling to the park specifically to visit the animals, paid parking is available adjacent to the Aquarium, however paying for parking doesn’t allow you free access to the Aquarium.
Vancouver Aquarium is open 365 days a year from 10am to 5pm on weekdays and 9.30am to 6pm on weekends. Admission is $15 for children aged four to 12; $20 for students up to 18 and for seniors (65+); and $29 for adults.