Vancouver Aquarium


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Despite public qualms over the display of captive marine mammals no one seems to care much for the feelings of fish. The regular beluga show (three daily) is the most popular attraction here, though the space barely seems adequate. The belugas happily do a turn or two and wobble their fatty deposits for the crowds before giving them a good soaking. If you don't want to get wet, stand well back from the edge. The aquarium's (reasonable) concession stand is located here too, so it's possible to combine beluga and a coke. Other open air attractions include dolphins, a couple of ornery sea lions, seals, and the adorable sea otters, once almost as numerous as trees in this part of the world - but like the old growth forests, massively over-exploited by European traders. Inside, you'll find several astonishing exhibits. Tides and temperature make British Columbia's coast one of the richest marine environments in the world. If you're not prepared to go scuba diving, the aquarium is the best way to see it. The displays effectively recreate a wide range of underwater BC tableaux, featuring sharks, salmon, an octopus, jellyfish, and more spiny, colourful rockfish than you can name. There's also a tropical zone and a new interactive area that brings out the marine biologist in young and old alike.

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Vancouver Aquarium details

Stanley Park

Area Vancouver

Transport Bus 19, then 10min walk.

Telephone 604 659 3474

Vancouver Aquarium website

Open May-Sept 9.30am-7pm daily. Oct-Apr 9.30am-5pm daily.

Admission $19.95; $11.95-$14.95 reductions; free under-3s.

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