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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.


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Lodging Near Vancouver Aquarium

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Best Western Plus Sands

Best Western Plus Sands

1755 Davie St, Vancouver
4.0
of 5, from 1,273 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Vancouver Bayfront, this eco-friendly hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Sunset Beach, Granville Island Public Market, and Stanley Park. Canada Place and BC Place Stadium are also within 2 mi (3 km).

$140
Metropolitan Hotel Vancouver

Metropolitan Hotel Vancouver

645 Howe St., Vancouver
4.5
of 5, from 1,997 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Overlooking Pacific Centre mall, this downtown Vancouver luxury hotel is 2 blocks from Robson Street's chic shops, 3 blocks from the theater district, and 7 blocks from Gastown.

$117
Century Plaza Hotel & Spa

Century Plaza Hotel & Spa

1015 Burrard St, Vancouver
4.1
of 5, from 5,917 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

This all-suite downtown hotel rises 30 stories into the Vancouver skyline, 3 blocks from both the Vancouver Art Gallery and trendy Robson Street, 4 blocks from the Pacific Centre Shopping Mall, and less than 2 km (1 mi) from Stanley Park.

$186
Trump International Hotel & Tower Vancouver

Trump International Hotel & Tower Vancouver

1161 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
4.8
of 5, from 331 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in Coal Harbour, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Christ Church Cathedral and Canada Place. Stanley Park and BC Place Stadium are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$132
Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront

Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront

1133 Hastings St W, Vancouver
4.2
of 5, from 2,626 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

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$146
Coast Coal Harbour Hotel by APA

Coast Coal Harbour Hotel by APA

1180 Hastings Street W, Vancouver
4.5
of 5, from 1,634 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Vancouver hotel is located in the business district, within a 10-minute walk of Olympic Cauldron and Canada Place. Stanley Park and Granville Island Public Market are also within 2 mi (3 km).

$67
GEC Granville Suites Downtown

GEC Granville Suites Downtown

718 Drake St, Vancouver
3.9
of 5, from 1,102 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Granville Street, this eco-friendly hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Orpheum Theater, BC Place Stadium, and Canada Place. Granville Island Public Market and Stanley Park are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$57
Comfort Inn Downtown Vancouver

Comfort Inn Downtown Vancouver

654 Nelson St, Vancouver
3.9
of 5, from 2,755 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Comfort Inn Downtown Vancouver places guests a 6-minute walk from Vancouver Art Gallery and just a little farther from the city's bustling Chinatown, the largest in Canada. Stanley Park is 2 km (1.2 miles) away, and Granville Island a 20-minute walk from the hotel.