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See Something Amazing On Every Visit

With an ever-evolving lineup of shows, the Aquarium always has something interesting to see. Our shows are developed around the amazing animals that live at the Aquarium, from acrobatic dolphins and majestic belugas to cute and playful sea otters. Because we base the programs around the animals’ natural behaviours, no show is ever the same. Join us for a show led by our educational and entertaining interpreters to learn more about the animals that live at the Aquarium and how they’re ambassadors for their species in the wild.

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Dolphin Show

Limited Time Shows

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Northern Spotlights Talk Show

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Ever wonder what it’s like to study one of the most remote and extreme places on the planet? Get a glimpse at the life of an Aquarium Arctic researcher at our new talk show.

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Arctic Gallery Tour

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Join us in Canada's Underwater Arctic gallery for a narrated tour highlighting some of the exhibits and their inhabitants. This gallery is home to one of the most diverse and unique collections of arctic fish and invertebrates (animals without spines) in the world.

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Climate Heroes

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Have you ever wanted to become a superhero? We know the climate is changing in drastic ways and this is something that affects all of us and especially our oceans. 

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4-D Experience

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Now Playing: 

  • Frozen Planet: The 4-D Experience 

Immerse yourself in our 4-D Experience, a cinematic adventure filled with thrilling sensory effects such as wind, mist, scents and dramatic lighting! 

Regular Shows

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Story Time

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Join us for Story Time in Clownfish Cove at the Vancouver Aquarium, where kids can immerse themselves in a new world filled with interactive stories.

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Life In A Kelp Forest

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Join us in the Pacific Canada Pavilion for a meet and greet with B.C.’s underwater neighbours. We may have the aid of a SCUBA diver to help out with introductions or maybe we'll watch the animals enjoy a meal.  

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Killer Whale Research

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Join us for an amazing program on killer whales. The Vancouver Aquarium would like to share the groundbreaking research that we have been working on for decades. 

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Trainer Talk

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Have you ever wanted to be a marine mammal trainer? Maybe you still do? Come and hear directly from the mouths of our marine mammal trainers about the education, dedication, and passion you need in order to succeed in this competitive field.

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Spotlight On Seafood

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Despite the staggering amount of seafood consumed, many of us only purchase a few tried and true prepackaged choices. Whether due to quality concerns, or inexperience with preparation, this program is designed to demonstrate a few different preparation techniques, starting from scratch. 

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Spotlight On Penguins

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Waddle your way to the Vancouver Aquarium and meet the African penguins. These charming little characters are now calling the Vancouver Aquarium home. Come see them at Penguin Point, our brand new penguin exhibit located between our Wild Coast and Canada’s Arctic exhibits.

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Beluga Show

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Belugas live in a world of ice and sound. Find out how they’ve adapted to living in such a harsh environment and how the changes in the Arctic may affect them.

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Caring For Belugas

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Learn what it’s like to care for belugas. This show gives you a first-hand look at how our trainers interact with these stately animals, whether it’s training, animal care or relationship building.

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Caring For Dolphins

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Anything can happen in this special training session. Get a first-hand look at research in action, see some ways we keep the dolphins healthy or just watch the trainers bond with these playful marine mammals.

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Creatures Off Our Coast

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This dive show in the Pacific Canada Pavilion highlights some of the animals that live off the British Columbian coast. You might be surprised at how much we have in common with them.

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Shark Show

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Come to the Tropic Zone to learn about these awesome guardians of the ocean and their true role in the ocean’s ecosystem. They’re often joined by one of our fearless SCUBA divers.

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Family Program

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Swim like a shark or jump like a dolphin during our family programs. Story time, animal-themed dances, sing-a-longs, puppet shows and crafts have been designed with kids (up to eight years of age) and guardians in mind.

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Spotlight On Sea Otters

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Watch our adorably playful sea otters eat a tasty meal on their stomachs. Learn about the important role they play in the ocean ecosystem and how you can help to protect them.

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Amazon Critter Corner

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Meet some of the Aquarium’s smaller residents and learn why they’re so important to us. You'll also get the chance to have an up-close and personal encounter with one of our live insects or millipedes. 

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Caring For Amazon Birds

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The parrots in the Aquarium’s Rainforest are no bird-brains; they’re so smart that they need constant mental stimulation. You can help build enrichment toys for them during this feature program.

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Exploring Touch Pools

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Roll up your sleeves and be prepared to get your hands wet. In this opportunity to meet British Columbia's invertebrates, you’ll have the chance to touch a variety of intertidal animals. 

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Seal And Sea Lion Show

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Steller sea lions and harbour seals are common sights off of the B.C. coast, but did you know that they are in trouble? Come learn more about these magnificent mammals at our seal and sea lion show.

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Spotlight On Porpoises

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Daisy has an amazing survival story to share with you. She was found as a very young animal on the West caost on Vancouver Island, stranded on a beach.

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Spotlight On Sea Turtles

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Meet Schoona, our resident sea turtle who lives among the sharks. Learn about her amazing rescue and some of the obstacles that sea turtles face on their long journeys through the ocean.

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Spotlight On Dolphin Research

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Find out how Pacific white-sided dolphins are helping researchers protect their kind in the wild during Spotlight On Dolphin Research at the Vancouver Aquarium.

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Spotlight On Frogs

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Leap into the fantastic world of frogs during this morning feeding session. Visit our Frogs Forever? Gallery to find out how frogs help us and why they need our help in turn.

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Spotlight On Octopus

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With incredible smarts, uncanny camouflage skills and the ability to creep into tiny crevasses, octopuses are the ocean’s perfect spy. Learn more about this iconic British Columbian species in this feature program. 

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Spotlight On Sturgeon

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White sturgeon have been living on our planet for millions of years. We are privileged to have a few of our very own living here at the Aquarium. Come and discover more about this ancient and underappreciated species of fish on your next visit to the Strait of Georgia exhibit.

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Spotlight On Snakes

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Come face to face with a live boa constrictor, ball python or corn snake, and you might find that snakes aren’t as scary as you think. You’ll also learn about how they help us.

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Wet Lab Exploration

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See what happens behind the scenes at the Vancouver Aquarium in the Barker Interactive Learning Lab. This classroom allows students to get up close and personal with local marine animals.

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B.C. Coast Critter Corner

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Get an exciting and intimate look at some local marine animals. You can watch predator/prey interactions, dissections or other activities that might give you a better appreciation for these spineless animals. 


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