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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.
It's worth giving yourself loads of time at Vancouver Aquarium. Here are some of the top activities:
When planning your trip, you might want to consider purchasing a Skip-the-line Vancouver Aquarium Ticket and a Vancouver Hot Spots Tour with Admissions and Lunch.
Take a look at our Vancouver things to do page to learn about even more activities while you're here.
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.
Located in Downtown Vancouver, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Marine Building and Canada Place. Stanley Park is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) away. Waterfront Metro Station and Granville Station are within a 5-minute walk.
Located in Downtown Vancouver, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of St. Paul's Hospital and Granville Island Public Market. Canada Place and BC Place Stadium are also within 1 mi (2 km). Yaletown-Roundhouse Station is 11 minutes by foot and Burrard Station is 11 minutes.
This downtown Vancouver hotel connects by covered walkway to the Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Center, the cruise ship terminal at Canada Place, and the Skytrain. Situated on scenic Burrard Inlet, it is central to sightseeing and shopping.
This family-friendly Vancouver hotel is located in the business district, within a 15-minute walk of Robson Street and Canada Place. Stanley Park and BC Place Stadium are also within 1 mi (2 km). Burrard Station is 5 minutes by foot and Vancouver City Center Station is 8 minutes.
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.
The Westin Bayshore Vancouver is located downtown and is 1 km (0.5 miles) from Stanley Park. Robson Street is 1 block away.