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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.

Make the most of your time spent at Vancouver Aquarium. Here is a list of the most popular things to do:

Take a look at our Vancouver things to do page to learn about even more activities in the area.


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Pan Pacific Vancouver ¥20,570
Pan Pacific Vancouver

Pan Pacific Vancouver

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

    Located near the slopes, this Coal Harbour hotel is in the city center and within a 5-minute walk of Canada Place, Granville Street, and Vancouver Convention Centre. Robson Street and Queen Elizabeth Theatre are also within 15 minutes. Waterfront Metro Station and Vancouver Waterfront Station are within a 5-minute walk.

    Sandman Hotel Vancouver City Centre ¥9,247
    Sandman Hotel Vancouver City Centre

    Sandman Hotel Vancouver City Centre

    180 W Georgia St, Vancouver, BC
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Downtown Vancouver, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of BC Place Stadium and Queen Elizabeth Theatre. Rogers Arena and Granville Street are also within 10 minutes. Stadium-Chinatown Station is only a 3-minute walk and Vancouver City Center Station is 8 minutes.

      Fairmont Hotel Vancouver ¥19,595
      Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

      Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

      900 West Georgia St, Vancouver, BC
         
        4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located near the slopes, this Downtown Vancouver hotel is in the city center and within a 5-minute walk of Christ Church Cathedral, Robson Street, and Granville Street. Pacific Centre Shopping Mall and Vancouver Art Gallery are also within 5 minutes. Vancouver City Center Station and Burrard Station are within a 5-minute walk.

        EXchange Hotel Vancouver ¥14,176
        EXchange Hotel Vancouver

        EXchange Hotel Vancouver

        475 Howe Street, Vancouver, BC
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Downtown Vancouver, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Granville Street, Harbour Centre, and Pacific Centre Shopping Mall. Canada Place and Vancouver Convention Centre are also within 10 minutes. Granville Station and Burrard Station are within a 5-minute walk.

          The Buchan Hotel ¥5,712
          The Buchan Hotel

          The Buchan Hotel

          1906 Haro Street, Vancouver, BC
             
            2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in West End, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Roedde House Museum and Stanley Park. Vancouver Aquarium and Pacific Centre Shopping Mall are also within 2 mi (3 km). Burrard Station is 22 minutes by foot and Vancouver City Center Station is 25 minutes.

            Fairmont Pacific Rim ¥26,149
            Fairmont Pacific Rim

            Fairmont Pacific Rim

            1038 Canada Place, Vancouver, BC
               
              5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located near the slopes, this Coal Harbour hotel is in the city center and within a 5-minute walk of Waterfront Centre, Canada Place, and Vancouver Convention Centre. Granville Street and Robson Street are also within 10 minutes. Burrard Station is 6 minutes by foot and Waterfront Metro Station is 6 minutes.

              Trump International Hotel & Tower Vancouver ¥21,196
              Trump International Hotel & Tower Vancouver

              Trump International Hotel & Tower Vancouver

              1161 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC
                 
                5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                This family-friendly Vancouver hotel is located in the business district, within a 10-minute walk of Robson Street, Granville Street, and Pacific Centre Shopping Mall. Vancouver Convention Centre and Canada Place are also within 15 minutes. Burrard Station is 5 minutes by foot and Vancouver City Center Station is 8 minutes.

                Coast Coal Harbour Vancouver Hotel by APA ¥13,126
                Coast Coal Harbour Vancouver Hotel by APA

                Coast Coal Harbour Vancouver Hotel by APA

                1180 Hastings Street W, Vancouver, BC
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located near the slopes, this Coal Harbour hotel is in the city center and within a 10-minute walk of United States Consulate, Robson Street, and Vancouver Convention Centre. Canada Place and Harbour Centre are also within 10 minutes. Burrard Station is 7 minutes by foot and Waterfront Metro Station is 11 minutes.