Opened since 1956, the Vancouver Aquarium has seen more than 35 million visitors and most have left with a deeper appreciation of Canada's unique aquatic life.
Thanks to a dedicated and passionate team of biologists, nutritionists, and interpreters, it's possible to not only see incredible creates like Beluga whales and Sea otters, but to leave with a greater understanding of their habitats.
As a self-supporting, non-profit association, the Aquarium is dedicated to effecting the conservation of aquatic life through display and interpretation, education, research and direct action.
The aquarium is open daily from 10:00AM to 5:00PM. Admission costs $29 for adults and $20 for kids under 18. Contact 604-659-3400 for more information.
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The Vancouver Aquarium
While I was in Vancouver, a friend mentioned that there was a jellyfish exhibit at the Vancouver Aquarium in Stanley Park and suggested that I check it out. I decided to spend a whole afternoon at Stanley Park. I rented a bike from Spokes on Denman Street and biked along the Seawall toward the Aquarium.
Once there, I meandered inside and visited all of the jellyfish tanks. I also fell in love with a rescued porpoise. The aquarium is a great place not only for kids and families but for adults too. The exhibit was amazing (I wrote a blog post about it here).
Please note this particular exhibit has ended but there are always new exhibits at the Vancouver Aquarium.
As far as Aquarium's go, Vancouver's has got to be one of the top in the world. It has been described as small, however what it lacks in size it makes up for with its dedication to conservation and ocean life.
Half Aquarium, half research centre, Vanaqua is both amusing for small children wanting awe and adults wanting to learn more about ocean protection and wildlife. There are several different sections (from frogs to the tropics to a walk through Amazon zone [with sloths!]) each one promoting wonderful animals and ways to protect them.
Along with being a research centre though, what also makes the Vancouver Aquarium unique is its rescue animals. With the exception of its belugas, all of the Aquariums larger marine mammals are rescue animals deemed non releasable to the wild. This ranges from animals beached when they were too young who didn't learn proper behaviours (such as the beautiful pictured harbour porpoise, Daisy), to dolphins maimed from fishing nets, to an otter who was shot in the face and blinded as a result. Were it not for the Aquarium, almost all of these animals would have died in the wild from their injuries. Thankfully though they now have a home in Stanley Park helping teach generations about their species and what we can do to help with their protection in the future!
Family friendly of course, make sure to go early as it fills up fast! Also make sure to check their site for special events (like adult nights!) and promotions!
If you're in Stanley Park with kids you might want to check out the Vancouver Aquarium. Although I have mixed feelings about zoos and aquariums and other institutions that put animals on exhibit, the Vancouver Aquarium seems to do a good job of caring for their animals and of educating their spectators. I found the exhibition entitled, "Treasures of the B.C. Coast" particularly interesting.
The largest aquarium in Canada hosts fascinating exhibits on the marine habitats of the Canadian Arctic, and British Columbian coasts, plus an area with African penguins. Tanks teem with sea life such as blacktip reef sharks, Pacific fish, sea otters and white-sided dolphins, some of which you’ll get a chance to encounter up close. The aquarium also runs twice-weekly shark shows, daily feedings, behind-the-scenes tours and even overnight stays.