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Vancouver Aquarium

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Vancouver Aquarium

Address PO Box 3232, Vancouver, B.C.
Telephone Phone: (604) 659-3474 [Fax: (6
How to Find it: The Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre is located just five minutes west of downtown Vancouver in Stanley Park, follow Georgia Street from downtown.
Open: Sept 8th - June 26th 10am-5.30pm
Prices: Adults $17.50, Children (4-12) $ 9.95, Children 3 years & under FREE
Area: 0.85 Ha 2.1 Acres
No of Species No of Animals Star Rating
Mammals Conservation
Birds Enclosures
Reptiles Education
Amphibians Recreation
Fish Research
Total 0 0
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This critique last updated:  Dec 2007


Official Description

The Vancouver Aquarium Association was formed in 1950. The Vancouver Aquarium, Canada's first public aquarium, opened its doors on June 15, 1956. The Association operated the Aquarium as a self-supporting, non-profit organization receiving no government operational funding.
Through visionary, responsible growth programs, the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre has become the largest aquarium in Canada and one of the five largest in North America. The Aquarium is internationally recognized for excellence in display and interpretation and was the first facility to incorporate professional Naturalists into the galleries to complement interpretive graphics. Aquarium research projects extend world-wide and our successful rehabilitation work ranges from marine mammals to reptiles.
In 1975, the Vancouver Aquarium was the first aquarium accredited by the American Zoo and Aquarium Association (AZA). The Aquarium is also accredited by the Canadian Association of Zoos and Aquariums (CAZA) and in 1987 was designated Canada's Pacific National Aquarium by the Canadian Federal Government.
The Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre takes direct action in conservation. Aquarium staff and volunteers have been involved in the creation of Canada's first no-take Marine Protected Area, beach clean-ups, wetlands restorations and rehabilitations, aquatic bird and intertidal population surveys and much more.
The Aquarium's mission also includes the research of aquatic life. One current research project involves learning why Steller sea lions are disappearing from many of their natural habitats. Aquarium researchers
and scientists are also actively studying other marine mammals at the Aquarium and in the field, including killer whales, belugas, sea otters and harbour seals. Other researchers are revealing the unknown early life stages of the wolf-eel as well as sculpins, lingcod, blennies, shrimp, snailfish and other local fish species.

Visitor Reviews

Review submtted by Ian Thomas
November 2000

It is a very nice aquarium specializing in frogs and the pacific
northwest.. it is divided into 4 sections  tropical pacific,amazon,frogs,native marine life,and marine mammals. notable  exhibits are the walk through rainforest featuring anacondas,caimans,tree frogs,sloths,and birds.the strait of georgia tank featuring wolf eels,octopi,dogfish,salmon,herring,and rockfish.and the Arctic canada exhibit

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