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Walk With The 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. 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.



Visit a sea lion habitat and get the chance to experience a training session up close with sea lions.

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Purchase an e-gift card online for the amount of the encounter and admission to give the gift of aquatic wonder!

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 experience first-hand what it’s like to work with such charismatic animals. It’s a truly amazing experience.

Up Close And Personal
Sea lion

What To Expect

During this program, 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 care for sea lions as you go behind the scenes to see the fishy part of animal care. You’ll get an opportunity to experience first-hand what it is like to be a sea lion trainer, then join one to get to know the sea lions up close. Throughout this entire adventure, you’ll get an intimate look at the many conservation and research programs, along with initiatives, that the Aquarium is involved with on an ongoing basis.

Sea Lion
Trainer and Many Sea Lions

Things To Know

Program requires participants to walk on very rocky, un-even, wet, slippery surfaces. This program may not be suitable for those whom are not sure-footed. 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.

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.


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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