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Vancouver Aquarium

Canada’s largest underwater tourist attraction, located in Stanley Park, mixes education with entertainment.

The Vancouver Aquarium first opened its doors in 1956. Today, at nearly 100,000 square feet (9,000 square meters), it’s the largest aquarium in the country. Located in Stanley Park, near downtown, the aquarium makes for an interesting afternoon for all ages.

Peer through massive underwater windows or from platforms above to view thousands of sea animals from all over the world. Check out giant fish of the Amazon, tiny clownfish, slithery eels, and ferocious sharks, among others. And be sure to catch the daily dolphin and beluga whale shows. There are also galleries and habitat recreations that explore British Columbia’s wild coast and the Canadian arctic waters.

There are a number of close encounters with the animals that are sure to delight the entire family. Participate in the Beluga Encounter, going behind the scenes to feed these giant whales and help out during their daily training session. There are also opportunities to take a tour of the facilities with the trainers as they prepare and feed the sea otters and sea lions. Sign up for these adventures well ahead of time at the aquarium’s website.

Immerse yourself in a multi-sensory journey into the world of marine animals through the aquarium's 4-D Experience. From the comfort of your theater chair, you'll not only see and hear a short film, but also use your senses of touch and smell.

You’ll find much more than underwater creatures at the Vancouver Aquarium. Walk through the Graham Amazon Gallery, a mini jungle expedition where you’ll come across tropical birds, snakes, two-toed sloths, and monkeys. There are simulated tropical rainstorms every hour with rolling thunder, rain, and lightning.

The Vancouver Aquarium is about a 30-minute walk from central Vancouver, or rent a bike in Stanley Park. There are numerous bus routes that stop here, and parking is available for a fee.

Popular Activities at Vancouver Aquarium

Make the most of your time at Vancouver Aquarium. Here's a list of some of the most popular activities:

Your next great adventure has been waiting for you! You might like to try out a Skip-the-line Vancouver Aquarium Ticket or a Vancouver Hot Spots Tour with Admissions and Lunch.

For many more activities, check out our Vancouver things to do page.


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Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre $225
Reviewed on Jun 6, 2019
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Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre

Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre

1088 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC
     
    4.2 of 5
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Wasn't enough coffee :-(. The check-in staff was absolutely fantastic.

    Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront $223
    Reviewed on Jun 19, 2019
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    Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront

    Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront

    1133 Hastings St W, Vancouver, BC
       
      4.2 of 5
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Great location, great view. Close to coal harbour and shopping

      Pan Pacific Vancouver $304
      Reviewed on Jun 17, 2019
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      Pan Pacific Vancouver

      Pan Pacific Vancouver

      999 Canada Pl, Vancouver, BC
         
        4.6 of 5
        4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Perfect location, great views and ambiance. Hotel restaurant was very pleasant too.

        The Sutton Place Hotel - Vancouver $260
        Reviewed on Jun 19, 2019
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        The Sutton Place Hotel - Vancouver

        The Sutton Place Hotel - Vancouver

        845 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC
           
          4.4 of 5
          4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Stayed here before going on a cruise, ten minute walk to the port was perfect and it's very close to shops and restaurants.

          Fairmont Waterfront $252
          Reviewed on Jun 11, 2019
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          Fairmont Waterfront

          Fairmont Waterfront

          900 Canada Place Way, Vancouver, BC
             
            4.6 of 5
            4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            We LOVED the harbor-view from from our room (#1613) :)

            Trump International Hotel & Tower Vancouver $238
            Reviewed on Jun 16, 2019
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            Trump International Hotel & Tower Vancouver

            Trump International Hotel & Tower Vancouver

            1161 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC
               
              4.6 of 5
              5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Good location and nice toiletries brand which makes u want to go buy the brand after , sea view! Room was a bit smaller than expected for Vancouver with so much land

              Hyatt Regency Vancouver $223
              Reviewed on Jun 18, 2019
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              Hyatt Regency Vancouver

              Hyatt Regency Vancouver

              655 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC
                 
                4.4 of 5
                4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Great location, super friendly staff, nice pool area and spa. Really enjoyed it!

                EXchange Hotel Vancouver $218
                Reviewed on Jun 18, 2019
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                EXchange Hotel Vancouver

                EXchange Hotel Vancouver

                475 Howe Street, Vancouver, BC
                   
                  4.5 of 5
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                  Love the idea that they have rebuilt it as environmentally friendly. Very posh inside. Very clean rooms not to mention beautiful. ( I had a deluxe queen room)