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Get Up Close To Our
Playful Sea Otters




Per Adult or Youth


1 Adult + 1 Child*

Duration: 45 minutes
All prices include GST

* Participants must be 8 years of age or older. Children under the age of 13 must be accompanied by a paying adult. Youth (age 13-18) can attend without adult accompaniment but cannot substitute for an adult if there is a child participant.

Book Early - space is limited and fills well in advance.

Booking office hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Closed weekends and holidays.


Note: General admission is extra and will be charged upon booking.

Members receive 20% off Animal Encounters.


Go behind the scenes to learn about caring for and feeding these playful sea otters before participating in a feeding session with our trainers.
The Vancouver Aquarium is the only aquarium that incorporates a feeding session into its sea otter encounter program.

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Up Close And Personal

Accompany an Aquarium interpreter to learn more about sea otters. You’ll spend time in the Animal Encounter room, learning why these animals are so important to their ecosystem. Then, meet with a member of the marine mammal staff to learn about animal care and feeding. Finally, prepare yourself to get closer to the animals as you help with an otter training session. This experience is an exciting and educational trip that you won't soon forget.

Up Close And Personal
What To Expect

What To Expect

Go behind the scenes at the Vancouver Aquarium and into the sea otter habitat. Enjoy a special presentation with the Animal Encounter Team, complete with displays and props, and visit the marine mammals inside their habitats. You’ll also participate in a sea otter training session alongside our Vancouver Aquarium marine mammal trainers, while learning more about the Aquarium's research, conservation, and animal care projects.

Go Behind The Scenes

This is a unique opportunity to view the Vancouver Aquarium with our trainers and observe these incredibly playful and affectionate animals up close. Get a glimpse into a day in the life of a marine mammal trainer and how they interact with these unique animals. Throughout this entire adventure, you’ll also get an intimate look at the many conservation and research programs and initiatives that the Aquarium conducts on an ongoing basis.

Go Behind the Scenes
Things To Know

Things To Know

Program requires participants to walk on wet, slippery surfaces. Closed-toed shoes are required. Please advise us of any disabilities, special needs, medical conditions or concerns you may have that could prevent you from fully participating in the program. No concern is too small; the more information you can provide about yourself, the better prepared we can be for your experience. Please note that cameras are not permitted within the habitat for safety reasons.

Advance reservations are required. Booking within a week of the program date is unlikely so contact us earlier to check availability.Full credit card payment is required upon booking. To contact us by phone please call 604-659-3552 or 1-800-931-1186, or email programs@ocean.org  Please note that program availability is extremely limited and subject to change.

Sea Otter Habitat

Special Offers


Receive Training

Enjoy a special presentation with an Aquarium interpreter, complete with props, and participate in a training session alongside our official Aquarium marine mammal trainers.

Sea Otter

On My Tummy

Get close to these lovable sea otters and observe how they eat off their stomachs during a training session alongside one of our marine mammal trainers.


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