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Meet A Dolphin 




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.

Book Early - space is limited and fills well in advance.

Booking office hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm. Closed weekends and holidays.

604-659-3552 / 1-800-931-1186


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

Members receive 20% off Animal Encounters.



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 a dolphin.

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Up Close And Personal

Program offers visitors a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience first-hand our charismatic Pacific white-sided dolphin. Join our marine mammal trainers on the dolphin dock to get hands-on and feed one of the dolphins a fishy snack. 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

You’ll go behind the scenes 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 a dolphin before participating in a full, interactive training session alongside Aquarium trainers. You will head onto the dolphin dock where you will meet a Pacific white-sided dolphin. You’ll be up close and personal during the training session 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 one of 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

Program requires 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

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@ocean.org  Please note that program availability is extremely limited and subject to change.


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.


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Did You Know?

Did You Know?

There are 33 species of oceanic dolphins. 
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