Page background

Meet Our Dolphins




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.

Book Today

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. Join today!


Go behind the scenes into the dolphin habitat and marine mammal kitchen to make a fishy snack, and get hands-on by feeding and interacting with the dolphins.

Up Close And Personal

The Dolphin Encounter offers visitors a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience first-hand how charismatic and acrobatic Pacific white-sided dolphins really are. Join our marine mammal trainers on the dolphin dock to touch them and feed them a fishy snack, and discover how these dolphins are teaching us more about the mysterious lives of Pacific white-sided dolphins in the wild. This is a rare and educational experience you’ll always remember.

Up Close And Personal
People Feeding Dolphins

What To Expect

During the Dolphin Encounter, you’ll go behind the scenes and into the dolphin habitat, where you’ll enjoy a special presentation by the Encounter Team, complete with displays and props. Visit the marine mammal kitchen and make up a fishy snack for the dolphins before participating in a full, interactive training session alongside Aquarium trainers. Then you’ll be up close and personal during the training session with a chance of feeding and touching, while learning more about the Aquarium's research, conservation and animal care projects.

Go Behind The Scenes

This is a rare opportunity to see what a day is like in the life of a Vancouver Aquarium marine mammal trainer. Not only will you get to explore the dolphin habitat, but you’ll also help prepare a snack for the dolphins in the marine mammal kitchen. Throughout this entire adventure, you’ll get an intimate look at the many conservation and research programs and initiatives that the Aquarium is involved with on an ongoing basis.

Go Behind the Scenes
Things To Know

Things To Know

Dolphin Encounters require participants to stand and kneel for extended periods of time, go up and down stairs, walk on wet and slippery surfaces and be above the water on an unstable dock. 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

Our Animal Encounters fill up very quickly; contact us early to ensure your spot is reserved. Advance reservations are required and must be made at least 24 hours prior to the program. Booking office hours are Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Payment by credit card is due upon booking.

Programs are subject to change, so please ask us about the current schedule. Group size is limited.

Dolphin Says Hello

Special Offers

Receive Training

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.

Trainer And Dolphin

Get Splashy

You’ll be hands-on with our fun and playful dolphins during this Animal Encounter, where feeding, touching or getting splashy with them is just part of the fun.

Dolphin Says Hello

Get A Photo CD

Receive a take-home CD of digital photos taken during your encounter, so that you don’t have to worry about capturing the moment on film. Just enjoy this incredible experience.


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?

Did You Know?

97 percent of all animals on Earth are invertebrates. 
Read more