Page background

Creatures Off Our Coast

Check the show schedule

Straight-of-Georgia.jpg
fish-closeup.jpg
sea-star-on-glass.jpg

Take A Dive

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.  Surprisingly, while quite a few end up on our dinner plates, we might have more in common with these aquatic creatures than you think.

Pacific Tank
Canary Rockfish

Showcase For
Vancouver’s Front Yard

The Strait of Georgia, which lies between the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island, is a busy passageway for boats and ferries. But many of the people who cross this body of water don’t know about the incredible diversity of marine life that lives under the surface. The Strait of Georgia exhibit represents some of that diversity. It holds 260,000 litres of water—enough to fill over 2,500 standard-sized bathtubs—and is home to hovering rockfish, elusive wolf-eels, colourful seastars and many other animals.

Our Marine Neighbours

The Strait of Georgia is home to many species of marine mammals, fishes, invertebrates (animals without spines) and other aquatic life. Approximately two million shorebirds and seabirds use this area’s estuaries, tidal flats and coastal waters as summering and wintering grounds. But this incredibly diverse region is under pressure from human impacts. The Vancouver Aquarium has a number of initiatives to help conserve aquatic life in this area, including studying the resident killer whale populations that live and hunt in these waters.
Discover how our research impacts marine life

Sea Kelp
Jellyfish

Share Your Thoughts

How was your visit? Fill in our comment card and let us know.
Find it here

Up Close

Up Close

Experience Vancouver Aquarium Up Close.
Learn more

Starfish

Did You Know?

A butterfly’s top speed is approximately 19 km/hour. Read more