For the second year in a row, the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre has won TripAdvisor’s 2015 Travelers’ Choice Award, earning the title of one of the world’s best aquariums by the travel website’s reviewers.
The Vancouver Aquarium is home to more than 50,000 animals and is known for its world-class animal care, rescue and rehabilitation efforts, and education programs. More than 35 million people have visited the Aquarium since it opened in beautiful Stanley Park in 1956.
Over a decade ago, the Vancouver Aquarium turned its focus to Canada’s Arctic as an area in need of protection. Today, more than 1500 staff and volunteers work tirelessly to make an impact on aquatic conservation, with many species at the aquarium under threat or endangered in the wild, such as the friendly, beguiling beluga whale, found in Churchill, Manitoba.
Visitors can attend daily beluga whale, dolphin and sea otter shows and even sign up for an unforgettable hands-on Animal Encounter, followed by the Aquarium’s 4D theatre show and the recently opened Amazon gallery, showcasing a true-to-life recreation of a South American rainforest.
For the ultimate oceanic adventure, sleep over at the Aquarium for an exciting night of exploration. Enjoy behind-the-scenes tours and bed down in front of one of the spectacular marine galleries.
Until September 7 2015, visitors can experience the Sea Monsters Revealed exhibition. Get to know the most intriguing aquatic creatures ever discovered, including a goliath grouper, a five-metre long mako shark, a predatory Humboldt squid and a metre-long ocean sunfish, the heaviest bony fish in the world.
This groundbreaking exhibition uses the revolutionary preservation technique, called plastination, to reveal dissected bodies of these fascinating creatures from the deep sea.
Located in Stanley Park, the Vancouver Aquarium is open to visitors from around the world 365 days a year.