Vancouver Aquarium, Vancouver
The sea-otters in Vancouver Aquarium were the stars of the show the day I visted that place. It's hard to believe that these little critters were nearly slaughtered to the point of oblivion for their pelts! Thank goodness they are now protected.
These two sea-otters are drying out after a bit of a swim on a lovely warm Vancouver summer's day. If you want to visit the sea-otters in Vancouver, you'll need C$20 and you'll have to get to the aquarium in Stanley Park.
Favorite thing: Located in Stanley Park, the Vancouver Aquarium is an educational centre and one of the most impressive aquariums in North America. Don't expect a glitzy Sea World type theme park geared for little kids. It's a well-respected aquarium geared for all ages. It's home to beluga whales, sharks, otters, tropical fish, reptiles, amphibians, birds, sloths, dolphins, seals, a Pacific Canada exhibit, an Amazon exhibit, a freshwater exhibit and an Arctic Canada exhibit. If this is your first time to Vancouver, by all means spend an hour or two here! Unlike some aquariums around the world which function only as an aquatic zoo, the Vancouver Aquarium is special because it's also a marine animal rehabitation centre. This means that sick, adandoned or hurt creatures from local waters are moved into the aquarium temporarily until they are strong enough to go back into the wild. Most of this goes on "behind the scenes" - in the labs and aquariums that aren't open to the public. Saying that, if you call up the aquarium, you can generally plan a visit to the scientific's labs. More information is available on their website - www.vanaqua.org - including their admission rates and hours.
The Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre is great, and is in the Stanley Park.
You can observe Bjossa and Whitewings swim against a backdrop of natural rocks from Mayne Island. For those with an interest in fish, The Aquarium has a number of tanks displaying sea life found in the Tropics and along The West Coast.
Fondest memory: I really love the Sea Otters and the most strange was some blue frogs..check it!!!!
The Vancouver Aquarium is definitely my favorite aquarium and is worth seeing. If you like flowers,
Fondest memory: My favorite part was watching the belugas at the aquarium and playing the antique Steinway at Craigduroch (sp?) castle. (Craigduroch is actually on Vancouver island.)
Fondest memory: The aquarium at Stanley Park. While hanging around outside the entrance near the concession cart watch for the seagulls to swoop in and rob the hotdogs and other snacks out of the tourists hands. It's very comical.