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About The
Vancouver Aquarium

A sanctuary in the heart of Stanley Park, the Vancouver Aquarium, an Ocean Wise ® initiative, is home to thousands of incredible ocean species and amazing aquatic life. It’s also Ocean Wise headquarters, where our scientists, educators and conservation experts do their work, not only to protect our oceans but to inspire others to join us in our mission. Since opening in 1956, the Vancouver Aquarium has connected more than 40 million people from around the world to our oceans and all the wonders within them.

View our 2017 Annual Report to learn about the progress we’ve made in conservation, education and research, as well as upcoming projects and initiatives. 

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Ocean Wise®

Ocean Wise is a global conservation organization, headquartered at the Vancouver Aquarium in Stanley Park. Our vision is a world in which oceans are healthy and flourishing.

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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.

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

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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.



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

Association of Zoos and Aquariums

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

Canada’s Accredited 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.

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American Humane

Vancouver Aquarium is one of the first institutions in the world – and the first in Canada – to achieve humane certification for the treatment of animals through American Humane's Humane Conservation™ initiative, the world’s first program dedicated solely to helping ensure the welfare and humane treatment of the remarkable, endangered and disappearing animals living in the world’s zoos and aquariums.


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