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Vancouver Aquarium

Canada’s largest underwater tourist attraction, located in Stanley Park, mixes education with entertainment.

The Vancouver Aquarium first opened its doors in 1956. Today, at nearly 100,000 square feet (9,000 square meters), it’s the largest aquarium in the country. Located in Stanley Park, near downtown, the aquarium makes for an interesting afternoon for all ages.

Peer through massive underwater windows or from platforms above to view thousands of sea animals from all over the world. Check out giant fish of the Amazon, tiny clownfish, slithery eels, and ferocious sharks, among others. And be sure to catch the daily dolphin and beluga whale shows. There are also galleries and habitat recreations that explore British Columbia’s wild coast and the Canadian arctic waters.

There are a number of close encounters with the animals that are sure to delight the entire family. Participate in the Beluga Encounter, going behind the scenes to feed these giant whales and help out during their daily training session. There are also opportunities to take a tour of the facilities with the trainers as they prepare and feed the sea otters and sea lions. Sign up for these adventures well ahead of time at the aquarium’s website.

Immerse yourself in a multi-sensory journey into the world of marine animals through the aquarium's 4-D Experience. From the comfort of your theater chair, you'll not only see and hear a short film, but also use your senses of touch and smell.

You’ll find much more than underwater creatures at the Vancouver Aquarium. Walk through the Graham Amazon Gallery, a mini jungle expedition where you’ll come across tropical birds, snakes, two-toed sloths, and monkeys. There are simulated tropical rainstorms every hour with rolling thunder, rain, and lightning.

The Vancouver Aquarium is about a 30-minute walk from central Vancouver, or rent a bike in Stanley Park. There are numerous bus routes that stop here, and parking is available for a fee.


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Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront ¥12,150
Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront

Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront

1133 Hastings St W, Vancouver, BC
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Coal Harbour, this eco-friendly hotel is steps from United States Consulate and Vancouver Waterfront. Robson Street and Canada Place are also within 10 minutes. Burrard Station is 6 minutes by foot and Granville Station is 10 minutes.

    Pan Pacific Vancouver ¥19,205
    Pan Pacific Vancouver

    Pan Pacific Vancouver

    999 Canada Pl, Vancouver, BC
       
      4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Coal Harbour, this luxury hotel is steps from Canada Place, Vancouver Waterfront, and Granville Street. Vancouver Convention Centre and Harbour Centre are also within 10 minutes. Waterfront Metro Station and Vancouver Waterfront Station are within a 5-minute walk.

      The Sutton Place Hotel - Vancouver ¥14,658
      The Sutton Place Hotel - Vancouver

      The Sutton Place Hotel - Vancouver

      845 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC
         
        4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Downtown Vancouver, this luxury hotel is steps from Robson Square and Robson Street. Granville Street and Vancouver Art Gallery are also within 5 minutes. Burrard Station is 5 minutes by foot and Vancouver City Center Station is 6 minutes.

        Hyatt Regency Vancouver ¥15,641
        Hyatt Regency Vancouver

        Hyatt Regency Vancouver

        655 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC
           
          4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Coal Harbour, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Pacific Centre Shopping Mall and Vancouver Art Gallery. United States Consulate and Vancouver Convention Centre are also within 10 minutes. Burrard Station is only a 2-minute walk and Vancouver City Center Station is 5 minutes.

          The Burrard ¥9,830
          The Burrard

          The Burrard

          1100 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Downtown Vancouver, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of St. Paul's Hospital and Granville Street. Robson Street and Sunset Beach are also within 10 minutes. Yaletown-Roundhouse Station is 11 minutes by foot and Burrard Station is 11 minutes.

            Century Plaza Hotel & Spa ¥11,973
            Century Plaza Hotel & Spa

            Century Plaza Hotel & Spa

            1015 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in West End, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Orpheum Theater and Vancouver Art Gallery. Pacific Centre Shopping Mall and Canada Place are also within 1 mi (2 km). Burrard Station is 10 minutes by foot and Vancouver City Center Station is 11 minutes.

              The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver ¥15,991
              The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver

              The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver

              1601 Bayshore Dr, Vancouver, BC
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Coal Harbour, this spa hotel is steps from Vancouver False Creek Seawall and Vancouver Waterfront. Robson Street and Vancouver Convention Centre are also within 15 minutes. Burrard Station is 15 minutes by foot and Waterfront Metro Station is 19 minutes.

                Hotel Blu Vancouver ¥12,945
                Hotel Blu Vancouver

                Hotel Blu Vancouver

                177 Robson Street, Vancouver, BC
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Downtown Vancouver, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of BC Place Stadium and Queen Elizabeth Theatre. Vancouver Central Public Library and Rogers Arena are also within 15 minutes. Stadium-Chinatown Station is 6 minutes by foot and Vancouver City Center Station is 8 minutes.