A sanctuary in the heart of Stanley Park, the Vancouver Aquarium, an Ocean Wise ® initiative, is home to thousands of incredible ocean species and amazing aquatic life. It’s also Ocean Wise headquarters, where our scientists, educators and conservation experts do their work, not only to protect our oceans but to inspire others to join us in our mission. Since opening in 1956, the Vancouver Aquarium has connected more than 40 million people from around the world to our oceans and all the wonders within them.
View our 2016 Annual Report to learn about the progress we’ve made in conservation, education and research, as well as upcoming projects and initiatives.
Get The Facts
Our 1,500 staff and volunteers are deeply committed to protecting our oceans. We wanted to highlight our commitments to ocean conservation, our animal care practices and our amazing people who work hard every day to conserve our natural world. Learn more on our facts page.
View a list of the Vancouver Aquarium Board of Directors, including the Executive Committee, who generously contribute their experience and knowledge to the Aquarium.
The Aquarium voluntarily undergoes regular accreditation inspections by professional zoo and aquarium associations. The accreditation process is an independent verification that we meet or exceed professionally established standards of animal care, education, conservation and research.
The Vancouver Aquarium is proud to be a fully accredited member of the following associations.
Association of Zoos and Aquariums
The Vancouver Aquarium was the first aquarium accredited by AZA, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of zoos and aquariums in the areas of conservation, education, science and recreation. We’ve been a member since 1975.
Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums
The Vancouver Aquarium is the only Canadian member of AMMPA, an international association representing marine life parks, aquariums, zoos, research facilities, and professional organizations dedicated to the highest standards of care for marine mammals and to their conservation in the wild through public education, scientific study, and wildlife presentations.
Canada’s Accredited Zoos and Aquariums
We are accredited by CAZA, a non-profit organization established to promote the welfare of animals and encourage the advancement and improvement of zoology, recreation, education, conservation and science.
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