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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.
Make the most of your visit to Vancouver Aquarium. Here is a list of the most popular things to do:
You might like to think about buying a Skip-the-line Vancouver Aquarium Ticket or a Vancouver Hot Spots Tour with Admissions and Lunch during your visit. These activities are some of the best.
Check out our Vancouver things to do page to discover many more activities in the area.
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.
There is no need or a car when you're this close to downtown's top attractions including the Stanley Park Seawall, Gastown, Robson Street shopping, and the Vancouver Convention Centre.
Located in Downtown Vancouver, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Waterfront Centre, Canada Place, and Harbour Centre. Vancouver Convention Centre and Robson Street are also within 10 minutes. Granville Station is only a 5-minute walk and Waterfront Metro Station is 5 minutes.
Located in Downtown Vancouver, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of St. Paul's Hospital, Robson Street, and Sunset Beach. Granville Island Public Market and Orpheum Theater are also within 15 minutes. Yaletown-Roundhouse Station is 11 minutes by foot and Burrard Station is 11 minutes.
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.
Towering above the downtown core, this 34-story Vancouver hotel is adjacent to a SkyTrain station and Royal Centre, 2 blocks from Robson Street, and 5 blocks from the harbourfront.
This family-friendly Vancouver hotel is located in the business district, within a 10-minute walk of Robson Street, Vancouver Convention Centre, and Vancouver Art Gallery. Canada Place and Pacific Centre Shopping Mall are also within 15 minutes. Burrard Station is 5 minutes by foot and Vancouver City Center Station is 8 minutes.
Located in West End, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Robson Street, Vancouver Convention Centre, and Vancouver Art Gallery. Canada Place and Orpheum Theater are also within 15 minutes. Burrard Station is only a 4-minute walk and Vancouver City Center Station is 7 minutes.