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    Vancouver Aquarium

    by Webboy Updated Aug 11, 2004

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    Beluga Whales - Vancouver Aquarium

    Vancouver Aquarium is a great place to spend an afternoon - especially when the temparature is topping the 90's!!!

    All that cool water!!!!

    Oh, and the animals of course! ha ha ha!

    The Vancouver Aquarium genuinlly is a great place to go. You will only spend 1 or 2 hours there, so it doesn't take up your whole day.

    Some of the animals are stunning, especially the Beluga whales. Vancouver Aquarium has many displays including a brilliant Amazon themed area with its own Crocodiles and its very own Sloth Monkey!

    Outside they have Dolphins, Seals, Otters and of course the Beluga Whales.

    A great couple of hours and a definite must if you have the time!

    It costs around $16, which turns out to be worth every cent once you have walked around it!

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    Go see some aquatic life!

    by duanestorey Written Sep 13, 2003

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    A nice sunny day in front of the Aquarium

    If you head into the heart of Stanley Park, you'll find the Vancouver Aquarium.. Here you'll be able to see whales, sea otters, sea lions, salmon, dolphins, and much much more! It's a great time for both adults and children alike.

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    Vancouver Aquarium

    by Carmanah Updated Feb 23, 2007

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    I've seen the Vancouver Aquarium go downhill in the past few years. Some of their major exhibits have disappeared entirely. Instead, there seems to be an overabundance of tacky souvenir shops selling stuffed animals and children's t-shirts. Their gift shop has always been very nice, but they've made it tacky by extending their merchandise between the exhibits.

    I used to love the Vancouver Aquarium and would once recommend it to all visitors. However, now it depends on what you want to get out of the attraction.

    If you're looking for a Disneyland experience or a Sea World, you're not going to find it at the Vancouver Aquarium.

    If you're looking to learn about the local ecosystems around the British Columbia coast, then it's definitely worth it.

    If you have kids, it's also worth it.

    For many years the Vancouver Aquarium's highlight was their killer whale (orca) shows. In the early 90's the aquarium was renovated and they began to focus their shows on education as opposed to entertainment. Then they got rid of their orcas due to a complexity of reasons.

    While there are no more orcas, there are still many other species. The belugas, sea lion, harbour seals, sea otters, and dolphins all exist in the outdoor exhibits, complete with underwater viewing stations.

    Inside, there are caymens, boa constrictors, a sloth, and an assortment of amphibians and birds in the tropical rainforest exhibit. Aquatically there are pirahnas, sharks, seahorses and a multitude of marine animals from the tropical waters around the world.

    There's also the northern-Pacific Ocean exhibit, which is unique to the Vancouver Aquarium. It features local species native to the BC coast.

    Note that the Vancouver Aquarium is a working marine science centre. You can make special arrangements to do "behind the scenes" tours. Know that the Vancouver Aquarium also contributes to the health and rehabitation of rescued marine mammals.

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    Stanley Park and Vancouver Aquarium

    by tvor Written Mar 19, 2003

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    Dolphin taken from the undewater viewing area

    At one end of downtown Vancouver you will find Stanley Park, acres and acres of open natural parkland. There are interesting areas in the park, with things for families to do and see including the Vancouver Aquarium. I never used to think much of aquariums until i went to the one in Boston and was very impressed. Vancouver's aquarium is wonderful, with outdoor tanks and indoor tanks and displays and a great underwater viewing area. Sadly the killer whale is no longer in residence though there are some minke whales.

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    Vancouver Aquarium

    by nigelw6443 Updated Jul 11, 2003

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    Vancouver Aquarium

    By far the best Aquarium I have visited. Displays include Beluga, Orca, Seal, otter, tropical rain forest, cayman and more.

    Hours of Operation & Rates
    The Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre is open 365 days of the year.

    Hours of Operation:
    Winter Hours
    • September 3, 2002 - June 26, 2003: 10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

    Summer Hours
    • June 27, 2003 - September 1, 2003: 9:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

    Special Hours
    • Christmas Day: noon - 5:00 p.m.
    • New Years Day: noon - 5:00 p.m.

    Rates (GST included)
    • Adults: $15.95
    • Youth ages 13-18 / Students / Seniors: $11.95
    • Children ages 4-12 years: $8.95
    • Children 3 years & under: FREE

    All children twelve years old and under must be accompanied by a paying adult (age 18 and over).

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    Vancouver Aquarium

    by rmdw Written Jul 23, 2005

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    Vancouver Aquarium

    The Vancouver Aquarium is a really cool place to take young kids, but it's also quite wonderful for adults too. It's essentially divided into 4 sections:
    - Assorted aquariums inside
    - A tropical forest like exhibit inside
    - A number of huge tanks outside
    - A kids learning & play area

    RATES
    Adults $17.50
    Seniors/ Youths (13-18)/ Students* $12.95
    Children (4-12) $ 9.95
    Children 3 years & under FREE

    HOURS:
    Summer: 9:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    Winter: 10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

    One can quickly go through in a few hours but a quality visit will take at least 4 hours, so leave yourself plenty of time to really soak-in all the exhibits.

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    The Aquarium in Stanley Park

    by tvdm Updated Mar 3, 2004

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    Splish-splash!!!

    The aquarium in Stanley Park one of the best attractions the city has to offer.

    Apart from the unique setting, the collection and arrange of watery displays (ranging from the freezing Arctic to the warm Amazon) are amazing.

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    by Blatherwick Written Mar 9, 2006

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    The Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre is a public aquarium that is truly a fun place to go with kids. It has become the largest aquarium in Canada and one of the five largest in North America. The Aquarium was the first facility to incorporate professional naturalists into the galleries to interpret animal behaviours. Aquarium research projects extend world-wide, and are internationally recognized for marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation.

    For many years, the primary attraction for visitors was the orca or killer whale show. After much public pressure from those opposed to keeping whales in captivity, in 1996 the City of Vancouver passed a bylaw prohibiting the Vancouver Aquarium from capturing wild whales and dolphins. In 2001 Bjossa the killer whale left the Vancouver Aquarium, leaving the Beluga whales and single dolphin as the only remaining cetaceans. The Aquarium has since moved to emphasize the educational aspects of the displays rather than the public spectacle of the shows. They have also tried to highlight the research and rehabilitation efforts of the staff.

    The aquarium currently has 166 aquatic displays. The Pacific Canada Pavilion highlights the marine life from the Strait of Georgia. Arctic Canada includes the Beluga whales tank. The Wild Coast is an outdoor habitat that includes four Pacific White-sided Dolphins, harbour seals, Steller's Sea Lions, and sea otters. Treasures of the BC Coast is a series of separate exhibits that simulate the various environments with sea life found on the BC coast. Tropical Zone has a large display of tropical fish, including sharks. Amazon rainforest a number of large fresh water fish, snakes and other creatures from the Amazon.

    The Aquarium has been rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing injured marine mammals for more than forty years. The Marine Mammal Rescue Centre has treated more than 2,000 seals, sea lions, elephant seals, otters, dolphins, porpoises, and whales.

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    The Vancouver Aquarium

    by mikelisaanna Written Jul 21, 2007

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    Anna loved the Vancouver aquarium, which has a great mixture of indoor and outdoor exhibits that feature the marine life of the British Columbia coast. The highlight of the aquarium is its tank of Beluga whales, which put on a show periodically throughout the day. The aquarium also features sea lions, otters, and dolphins, as well as numerous tanks full of smaller marine creatures such as fish, jellyfish, starfish, anenomes, and crabs.

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    Love the Dolphins!

    by Camping_Girl Written Aug 21, 2006

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    My first visit to the Aquarium was in August, 2006. I thought this was a great place. The one downside is that they don't have a family rate; it cost about $55 CAD for our family of four. However, I spent the same amount in USD last summer to get into the Oregon Aquarium in Newport and I can honestly say that the Vancouver Aquarium is far superior to the one in Oregon. It was money well-spent.

    You can see star fish, sea cucumbers, jelly fish, shell fish, tropical fish, butterflies, alligators, snakes, sharks, sea otters, sea lions, dolphins, beluga whales.... you name it. They have sea life from all parts of the world. It is amazing. Be sure to take the time to go into the butterfly room. It's as humid as can be, but the butterflies in there are amazing. There are also some pretty cool tropical birds flying around in this room, and a few reptiles crawling around too! Our kids were enthralled with the tree frogs.

    I think our favorite part of our trip to the Aquarium was definitely the dolphin show. They have trained the dolphins to do some pretty neat tricks. It was a lot of laughs and plenty of oohs and aahs too.

    The beluga whales have also been trained to put on a performance. We never had nearly as good a seat for this show and so our pictures aren't as good. It was also very enjoyable.

    Both the dolphins and the beluga whales can be viewed from underwater windows, as well as from the top of the pools. You get a really great view of them from the underwater side.

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    Great for kids

    by malianrob Updated Jul 4, 2007

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    We came here for Koa. We thought he would get excited about the fish and the other animals that they have here.
    He loved it. The only thing that he didnt like was the jellyfish. He actually had a fit when he saw them. Its not that they are scarey but since he got stung by a jellyfish in the Galapagos Islands he is now traumatized. Poor thing.
    The Aquarium is pretty big and theres alot to see. Outside you can watch a glimpse of the Dolphins. For me that was the best part.
    This place does get crowded and theres alot of kids, alot of strollers and it gets alittle difficult to manuver around. I think if I didnt come to Vancouver with Koa I wouldve skipped the Aquarium.

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    Vancouver Aquarium

    by cinthya_in_victoria Written Jan 3, 2008

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    Orca statue at the entrance

    It is located in Stanley Park. This big aquarium has fish, amphibians, beluga whales and reptiles. Don't you miss the beluga show which is presented in different schedules during the day. They also have mammals and birds and it is a major tourst attraction.

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    Tropical Fishes and Brazilian Rain Forest

    by acebruin Updated Jul 31, 2007

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    Vancouver Aquarium is one of the biggest aquariums in the world. The Aquarium has more than 33,700 fishes from about 300 species. Nearly 30,000 invertebrates, including sea stars, jellyfish, octopuses and about 20 other spineless creatures are displayed. More than 350 snakes, frogs and newts represent 56 species of amphibians and reptiles. And, finally, close to 60 individuals represent 21 species of birds and mammals from around the globe including whales, seals, sloths and scarlet ibises.

    This is a great place to take kids to! They will love to see the vast amount of faunas in this place. From marine animals, to reptiles, to amphibians, to birds, to mammals, to dolphins, and even belugas, thousands of animals call this aquarium home. There's just not enough words to describe the place. I can go on and on writing about the aquarium. You have to see to believe it. If you're interested in faunas, please visit the aquarium, especially if you have kids.

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    Animal lovers from all over the world - UNITE!

    by Assenczo Updated Nov 5, 2005

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    A hero or a victim!?

    I do not know whether the Aquarium offers the same orca show anymore. What I saw was very impressive and exiting. I have no idea what it takes to make this huge animal do what you want and when you want it. Lots of fish might help. The children around were thrilled and me with them. The final cord was the orca splashing the water in such way that half of the stadium was in water - refreshing during the summer.
    The other advantage of visiting the Aquarium is the presence of belugas, so cancel your trip to the opposite end of the country, to the Gulf of St. Laurence, where they are from.

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    Aquatic Life at the Park

    by jessicat1982 Updated Jan 18, 2007

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    I decided to go to the Vancouver aquarium on a whim to escape the rain while on one of my many walks through Stanley Park and although it was fun, I don't know if it merited the 18.50 I shelled out for my ticket.

    Located in the heart of Stanley Park, it's hard to miss Canada's first public aquarium marked by Bill Reid's rather large killer whale sculpture dedicated in 1984.

    With over 800 different species, housing 60,000 aquatic creatures including adorable sea otters, dolphins, belugas and sea lions, I thought it would be a lot bigger. I was done in about an hour, so i sat eating an overpriced hamburger while I half-hazardly watched the beluga whale show under the covered patio of the restaurant trying to wait out the rain.

    I'd imagine this to be a lot more fun if I took some kids with me. There are a ton of children's activities including an interactive 'clown fish cove' where kids can watch a puppet show, do arts and crafts or even 'nurse' a plush seal pup.

    Unless you're really interested in aquatic life I'd say this is more of a family activity. I'm glad I went, but I don't think I'd go again.

    Tip: If you want to experience at least a little of the aquarium for free, go around to the back gate where you can see the belugas and sea lions for free.

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