Page background

Get To Know Us Better


About The
Vancouver Aquarium

The Vancouver Aquarium is a recognized leader in connecting people to our natural world. As a self-supporting, non-profit association, the Aquarium is dedicated to effecting the conservation of aquatic life through display and interpretation, education, research and direct action. More than 35 million people have visited the Aquarium since our opening in 1956. Located in Stanley Park, we’re open to visitors from around the world 365 days a year.

View our 2013 Annual Report to learn about the progress we’ve made in conservation, education and research, as well as upcoming projects and initiatives. Read about our Revitalization Project.

If you have a question, contact the Vancouver Aquarium: we'll be happy to answer them.

Phone: 604-659-3400

Who We Are

Learn more about how the Vancouver Aquarium began, as well as who manages the Aquarium and who sits on our Board of Directors. For an overview of all of our accomplishments and milestones in 2013, read our Annual Report.

Get The Facts

Vancouver Aquarium is a not-for-profit marine science centre. Our 1,500 staff and volunteers are deeply committed to protecting our oceans. We wanted to highlight our commitments to ocean conservation, our animal care practices and our amazing people who work hard every day to conserve our natural world. Learn more on our facts page

Vision icon


Discover our vision for the future, and learn about our mission, promise, guiding principles and values.

History icon


We were officially Canada’s first public aquarium when our doors opened on June 15, 1956. Read about the history of the Aquarium and how we’ve grown.

Management icon


Learn about our Management Team and the role they play in contributing to our mission of conservation, education and research of all marine life.

Board Of Directors icon

Board Of Directors

View a list of the Vancouver Aquarium Board of Directors, including the Executive Committee, who generously contribute their experience and knowledge to the Aquarium.

Revitalization icon


Work is currently underway at the Vancouver Aquarium in Stanley Park, as a part of an approved expansion project.

Our Mission

The Vancouver Aquarium is a self-supporting, non-profit society dedicated to effecting the conservation of aquatic life through display, communication, public programming and education, research and direct action.

How We Are Supported

How We Are Supported

Admissions, programs, groups, membership, retail operations and food services account for 81 percent of our operating budget, while charitable contributions, donations and restricted grants comprise the remainder. The Aquarium has non-profit, charitable status in both Canada (tax number: 11928-2119-RR0001) and the United States (tax number: 98-0050185).

The Vancouver Aquarium Conservation Foundation

The Aquarium formed the Vancouver Aquarium Conservation Foundation in 1997 to manage endowment funds to support our education, marine science, animal care and conservation programs for years to come. This includes programs such as the Marine Mammal Centre, which has rescued and released thousands of animals.

About MMR


The Aquarium voluntarily undergoes regular accreditation inspections by professional zoo and aquarium associations. The accreditation process is an independent verification that we meet or exceed professionally established standards of animal care, education, conservation and research.

The Vancouver Aquarium is proud to be a fully accredited member of the following associations.

American Zoo and Aquarium Association

American Zoo and Aquarium Association

The Vancouver Aquarium was the first aquarium accredited by AZA, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of zoos and aquariums in the areas of conservation, education, science and recreation. We’ve been a member since 1975.

Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums

Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums

The Vancouver Aquarium is the only Canadian member of AMMPA, an international association representing marine life parks, aquariums, zoos, research facilities, and professional organizations dedicated to the highest standards of care for marine mammals and to their conservation in the wild through public education, scientific study, and wildlife presentations.

Canadian Association of Zoos and Aquariums

Canadian Association of Zoos and Aquariums

We are accredited by CAZA, a non-profit organization established to promote the welfare of animals and encourage the advancement and improvement of zoology, recreation, education, conservation and science.


Share Your Thoughts

How was your visit? Fill in our comment card and let us know.
Find it here

The Big Reveal

The Big Reveal

Come celebrate the biggest expansion in our history!
Learn more


Did You Know?

A butterfly’s top speed is approximately 19 km/hour. Read more