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Feature: Luminescence

November 28, 2013 to January 22, 2014

Scuba Claus visits the Aquarium every year to swim merrily amongst the halibut, rockfish, sturgeon and sea stars in our Strait of Georgia exhibit
Green surf anemones fluoresce


A celebration of aquatic light

November 28, 2013 to January 22, 2014

Come in out of the cold and enjoy a unique experience of aquatic light that will help lift those winter blues. Discover the incredible world of fluorescent and bioluminescent light that exists in the dark depths of the ocean through exhibits, shows and up close encounters with glowing anemones, cuttlefish, jellies and corals. Plus take a journey far below the ocean surface to explore aquatic light with a new deep-dive interactive at the Vancouver Aquarium. This digital experience means you’ll stay dry as you discover how the ocean changes once sunlight disappears. Learn about the different animals that call the deepest parts of the ocean home and compare their depths with the height of familiar buildings and mountains. Discover bioluminescent animals that make their own light in a place where darkness reigns. This floor to ceiling interactive deep-dive installation is an “immersive” experience that will take you from the surface of the ocean to the abyss.

A family favourite is back: during the month of December Scuba Claus visits the Aquarium to swim merrily amongst the salmon, rockfish, sturgeon and sea stars in the Strait of Georgia exhibit. 

Immerse yourself amongst our several species of jellies dancing through the water with new lighting to highlight their beauty. In addition, Jelly Swarm, a unique light installation created by Tangible Intervention in collaboration with origami artist, Joseph Wu, is back and features almost a hundred jellies aglow with colourful LED lights. Control the lighting yourself using a touch screen and create beautiful patterns of light throughout the amazing swarm hanging above you.

Don’t miss a visitor favourite, our electric eel powered tree, and be amazed by the transfer of electricity from this incredible animal to the lights on the tree.

Note: Luminescence is a day time program taking place during our regular opening hours. For an up to date list of our opening hours, please check our hours page.


Shows & Activities

Join us in our underwater Arctic gallery for your opportunity to make your mark on the Vancouver Aquarium by joining in on the fun with our new game show ‘It’s Glow Time!’. You will be amazed at the almost magical world of aquatic light and can discover surprising connections to the way humans use this light. You can also partake in the Electric Eel show to learn more about how it powers up the light on the tree.

Don't forget to head on over to Craft Corner and make your very own submarine window looking into a glowing aquatic world! 

Scuba Claus

Holiday Favourites

Don’t miss our all-time favourite, Scuba Claus, during the month of December. Scuba Claus will be diving daily during the weekends, as well as between Dec. 21-24. Visit our daily schedule for more information on Scuba Claus, as well as other activities and programs.

Plus, experience the new Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas 4-D in our 4-D theatre. The Ice Age friends are back in this hilarious, full-sensory holiday adventure for the whole family.

Note: Scuba Claus shows are presented on weekends starting November 30 and then run daily from December 21 to December 24. The Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas 4-D Experience will be playing daily from November 26 to January 6, 2013, followed by SpongeBob: The Great Jelly Rescue from January 7 to February 6, 2013. Check the daily show schedule for more details.


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