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Feature Tours

Recommended for Kindergarten to Grade 12

Feature Tours are guided programs that are delivered exclusively in the Aquarium Galleries. Trained docents accompany student groups for forty-five minutes, acting as both a resource and guide for new and interesting animals and exhibits. Aquarium educators lead small-group conversations and focus on inquiry-based methods. These programs offer a flexible field trip experience, great for groups focusing on project learning, team-building and introductory science.


Program Details

Theme Availability

  • Penguins is available October 9, 2012 to June 28, 2013
  • Luminescence is available November 22 to January 22, 2013
  • Sharks & Rays is available February 7 – Apr 30, 2013
  • Jellies is available May 16 – June 28, 2013

Tour Availability

October 9, 2012 - June 28, 2013
Days: Monday - Friday
Times: 10:30 & 11:30 a.m.

Tour Fees

Program fees for school groups include full-day admission to the Aquarium, which includes one free adult admission (teacher/chaperone) with every five paying students.


Secondary (Grades 8-12)


Elementary (Grades K-7)

GST is included in all fees listed above.

Please call 604-659-3552 to book this tour.

Program Size And Duration

Each program is 45 minutes for up to 50 students.

Activities and Lesson Plans

Find learning materials to support your class field trip

Learning Outcomes

These programs support the Prescribed Learning Outcomes of the B.C. Ministry of Education's Integrated Resource Packages (IRPs) and the Aquarium's conservation mission.

Processes of Science:

  • Classify objects, events, and organisms
  • Communicate their observations, experiences, and thinking in a variety of ways (e.g., verbally, pictorially, graphically)
  • Use their senses to interpret observations

Life Science:

  • Describe the basic needs of local plants and animals (e.g., food, water, light)
  • Analyse the roles of organisms as part of interconnected food webs, populations, communities, and ecosystems
  • Assess survival needs and interactions between organisms and the environment
  • evaluate human impacts on local ecosystems

Physical Science:

  • Describe properties of materials, including colour, shape, texture, size, and weight


  • Apply the kingdom system of classification to study the diversity of organisms


  • Describe the process of evolution


  • Analyse the functional inter-relationships of organisms within an ecosystem



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