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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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Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront
Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront

Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront

1133 Hastings St W, Vancouver
     
    4.2
    of 5, from 2,831 reviews
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    Pan Pacific Vancouver $281
    Pan Pacific Vancouver

    Pan Pacific Vancouver

    999 Canada Pl, Vancouver
       
      4.5
      of 5, from 2,059 reviews
      4.5 out of 5.0

      This downtown hotel on Burrard Inlet shares Canada Place with the Alaska cruise ship terminal and Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre. Waterfront dining, shopping, and entertainment are 2 blocks away.

      Coast Coal Harbour Hotel by APA $204
      Coast Coal Harbour Hotel by APA

      Coast Coal Harbour Hotel by APA

      1180 Hastings Street W, Vancouver
         
        4.5
        of 5, from 1,713 reviews
        4.0 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).

        The Buchan Hotel
        The Buchan Hotel

        The Buchan Hotel

        1906 Haro Street, Vancouver
           
          3.9
          of 5, from 804 reviews
          2.0 out of 5.0

          Located in West End, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Roedde House Museum and Stanley Park. Vancouver Aquarium and Pacific Centre Shopping Mall are also within 1 mi (2 km).

          The Listel Hotel Vancouver $199
          The Listel Hotel Vancouver

          The Listel Hotel Vancouver

          1300 Robson St, Vancouver
             
            4.4
            of 5, from 2,169 reviews
            3.5 out of 5.0

            Overlooking Robson Street shops, this elegant Vancouver hotel is 7 blocks from scenic strolls in Stanley Park and 8 blocks from the Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre.

            GEC Granville Suites Downtown
            GEC Granville Suites Downtown

            GEC Granville Suites Downtown

            718 Drake St, Vancouver
               
              3.9
              of 5, from 1,234 reviews
              3.0 out of 5.0

              Located in Downtown Vancouver, 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).

              Trump International Hotel & Tower Vancouver $249
              Trump International Hotel & Tower Vancouver

              Trump International Hotel & Tower Vancouver

              1161 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
                 
                4.7
                of 5, from 450 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).

                The Sutton Place Hotel - Vancouver $210
                The Sutton Place Hotel - Vancouver

                The Sutton Place Hotel - Vancouver

                845 Burrard St, Vancouver
                   
                  4.4
                  of 5, from 3,570 reviews
                  4.5 out of 5.0

                  Just 1 block from trendy Robson Street shops, this well-equipped 21-floor hotel is 2 blocks from the business district; Gastown is within a mile, and Stanley Park is 2 miles away.