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Walk With Our Sea Lions




Per Adult or Youth


1 Adult + 1 Child*

Duration: 45 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.

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Visit a rarely seen behind-the-scenes sea lion habitat and get the chance to experience a training session up close with sea lions.

Up Close And Personal

Guided by an Aquarium interpreter, you will learn how the sea lions at the Vancouver Aquarium are helping researchers piece together why these majestic animals are disappearing in the wild. Then, meet up with a sea lion trainer and head to a rarely seen, behind-the-scenes sea lion area. There, you will get to experience first-hand what it’s like to work with such charismatic animals alongside their trainers. It’s a truly amazing experience.

Up Close And Personal
Sea lion

What To Expect

During this Encounter, you will enjoy a special presentation in the Animal Encounter room, complete with displays and props, before visiting the sea lion habitat. You’ll then get to know the sea lions up close. Throughout the entire journey, you can also expect to learn more about the Aquarium's many research, conservation and animal care projects. These programs are helping us understand the threats sea lions are facing in the wild.

Go Behind The Scenes

Experience what it’s like to be a marine mammal trainer as you go behind the scenes to meet amazing sea lions. You’ll get to explore the sea lion habitat, an area rarely seen by the public. 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.

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Trainer and Many Sea Lions

Things To Know

Sea lion encounters require participants to 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

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.

Booking Information

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Receive Training

Receive Training

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

Sea Lion

What Nice Whiskers You Have

You’ll be up close with our charming and spirited sea lions during this Animal Encounter; expect to interact with them in their special habitat with our sea lion trainers.


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