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Get Up Close To Our
Playful Sea Otters




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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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.

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Go behind the scenes to learn about caring for and feeding these playful sea otters before participating in a feeding session with our trainers.

The Vancouver Aquarium is the only aquarium that incorporates a feeding session into its sea otter encounter program.

Up Close And Personal

Accompany an Aquarium interpreter to learn more about sea otters. You’ll spend time in the Animal Encounter room, learning why these animals are so important to their ecosystem. Then, meet with a member of the marine mammal staff to learn about animal care and feeding. Finally, prepare yourself to get closer to the animals as you help with an otter training session. This experience is an exciting and educational trip that you won't soon forget.

Up Close And Personal
What To Expect

What To Expect

Participate in a Sea Otter Encounter and go behind the scenes at the Vancouver Aquarium and into the sea otter habitat. Enjoy a special presentation with the Animal Encounter Team, complete with displays and props, and visit the marine mammals inside their habitats. You’ll also participate in a sea otter training session alongside our Vancouver Aquarium marine mammal trainers, while learning more about the Aquarium's research, conservation, and animal care projects.

Go Behind The Scenes

This is a unique opportunity to view the Vancouver Aquarium with our trainers and observe these incredibly playful and affectionate animals up close. Get a glimpse into a day in the life of a marine mammal trainer and how they interact with these unique animals. Throughout this entire adventure, you’ll also get an intimate look at the many conservation and research programs and initiatives that the Aquarium conducts on an ongoing basis.

Go Behind the Scenes
Things To Know

Things To Know

Sea Otter 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.

Sea Otter Habitat

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Receive Training

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

Sea Otter

On My Tummy

Get close to these lovable sea otters and observe how they eat off their stomachs during a training session alongside one of our marine mammal trainers.


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