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Meet Our Belugas




Per Adult or Youth


1 Adult + 1 Child*

Duration: 90 minutes
All prices include GST

* Participants must be 8 years of age or older. Children under the age of 13 must be accompanied by a paying adult. Youth (age 13-18) can attend without adult accompaniment but cannot substitute for an adult if there is a child participant. 

NOTE: Beluga Encounters are currently unavailable for booking. 

Booking office hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Note: General admission is extra and will be charged upon booking.

Members receive 20% off Animal Encounters.




Participate in a full, interactive training session alongside Aquarium trainers and discover the fascinating behaviours of our beluga whales first-hand in this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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Up Close And Personal 

Beluga Encounters offer visitors an insider's glimpse at the amazing ways belugas communicate with each other in the harsh Arctic environment, as well as with us here at the Vancouver Aquarium. In this amazing adventure, you’ll have the unique opportunity to visit the belugas in the marine mammal habitat and participate in an interactive training session alongside an Aquarium trainer. This is a rare experience few people can claim to have done.

Up Close And Personal

What To Expect

During the Beluga Encounter, you’ll visit the marine mammal habitat and enjoy a special presentation by an Aquarium interpreter, complete with displays and props. You’ll also participate in a full, interactive training session alongside Aquarium trainers and discover first-hand the fascinating behaviours of the beluga whales at the Aquarium. Come prepared for the chance to feed, touch or get splashy with the belugas, while learning more about the Aquarium's research, conservation and animal care projects.

Go Behind The Scenes

Visit our marine mammal food preparation room during your Beluga Encounter and receive a unique glimpse into the everyday life of an Aquarium Marine Mammal Trainer. Learn how much care and attention is needed every day to ensure our belugas are healthy and stimulated. You’ll also learn how our conservation and research programs help us better understand how belugas thrive in the wild, and how to better manage the threats they face.

Beluga Habitat
Things to Know

Things To Know

Beluga Encounters require participants to kneel for extended periods of time and walk on wet, slippery surfaces. Closed-toed shoes are required. Please advise us of any disabilities, special needs, medical conditions or concerns you may have that could prevent you from fully participating in the program. No concern is too small; the more information you can provide about yourself, the better prepared we can be for your experience. Please note that cameras are not permitted within the habitat for safety reasons.

Booking Information

Advance reservations are required. Booking within a week of the program date is unlikely so contact us earlier to check availability. Full credit card payment is required upon booking. To contact us by phone please call 604-659-3552 or 1-800-931-1186, or email programs@vanaqua.org  Please note that Animal Encounter availability is extremely limited and subject to change.

Trainer Petting Beluga

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Receive Training

Enjoy a special presentation by an Aquarium interpreter, complete with props, and participate in a full, interactive training session alongside our official Aquarium marine mammal trainers.

Get Splashy

Get Splashy

You’ll get hands-on with our lively and charming beluga whales during this Animal Encounter where feeding, touching or getting splashy with them is part of the fun.


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