This spring we had a chance to visit the Vancouver Aquarium in Canada. We’ve visited many aquariums and it’s always fun to see the unique attractions each location offers. The Vancouver Aquarium has plenty of things to see and lots of interactive activities for families. My kids enjoyed learning about many different sea creatures and observing a wide variety of fish and marine animals up close!
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Under the Sea Viewing Windows
The Vancouver Aquarium has a variety of colorful ocean displays each filled with sea creatures, coral and sea anemones. My girls especially liked the graceful jellyfish and colorful types of fish swimming around their viewing windows.
Each aquarium window display showed us an entirely different under sea ecosystem complete with rocks and marine plants to create a unique habitat for each ocean creature.
Colorful clown fish swim around their exhibit at the Vancouver Aquarium in Canada.
My daughter liked looking at the pink sea anemones gently waving in their ocean habitat.
The aquarium walkthrough included several themed sections such as this Treasures of the BC Coast attraction. We always enjoy learning about new areas and parts of the world. The best family trip destinations are places the kids can explore, learn new things, and have a chance to play.
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Animal Rescue Station
The kids favorite part of the Vancouver Aquarium was the Animal Rescue Station and kids’ play center, filled with interactive activities and learning toys. My daughter learned about taking care of endangered species and how wildlife veterinarians care for and rehabilitate sick animals before returning them to the ocean.
The animal rescue play center is a lot of fun for kids because they can interact at different stations and pretend to check animals’ vital signs, feed them formula, check their weight, and even pretend to release them back into the ocean. This kids’ play section at the aquarium included lots of wildlife veterinarian equipment for kids and plushy animals to practice on. My daughter wasted no time putting on her apron and helping several sick animals feel better.
The aquarium’s Animal Rescue Station play place includes lots of veterinarian equipment, stethoscopes, weight scales, play charts and other animal rehabilitation tools.
Vancouver Aquarium Highlights
We enjoyed walking through the aquarium’s variety of ocean exhibits.
We also watched an IMAX presentation about ocean life. We love the IMAX experience because it’s fun to learn about ocean life and the animal kingdom on the big screen.
We also watched a beluga whale show and dolphin show with trainers feeding and working with the animals.
The Vancouver Aquarium had a nice outdoor cafe to stop for lunch, with plenty of seating.
Reptiles & Birds Exhibit
We also visited the reptile section and observed several alligators, snakes and pythons. A similar exhibit included tropical birds in their replicated natural habitats.
A tropical snake resting on a tree limb at the Vancouver Aquarium.
This pair of birds is happily socializing on a branch.
We really enjoyed our visit to the Vancouver Aquarium and I definitely recommend it as a destination for a family trip. The aquarium is primarily indoors so you can enjoy it even in colder weather and the exhibits offer a lot to see and interact with, for adults and kids!
Katie is a writer and influencer based in beautiful Coeur d’Alane, Idaho. She enjoys DIY projects, photography, decorating and going on family adventures. She feels blessed to be a wife, a stay-at-home mom to three kids and a Pacific Northwest lifestyle blogger.