Encounter / Dolphin

Dolphin behind-

the-scenes encounter

Come face to flipper with a Pacific white-sided dolphin. Join us for a Dolphin Encounter program and get up close and personal with a dolphin in an interactive and hands-on training session.

Quick info


Per adult or youth


1 adult + 1 child


Off for members

45 Minutes

Encounter duration


Participants must be 8 years of age or older


Up close and personal


This program offers visitors a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience first-hand our charismatic Pacific white-sided dolphin. Join our marine mammal trainers on the dolphin dock to get hands-on and feed one of the dolphins a fishy snack. Discover how these dolphins are teaching us more about the mysterious lives of Pacific white-sided dolphins in the wild. This is a rare and educational experience you’ll always remember.

Be prepared to go behind-the-scenes

You will walk on un-even, wet, slippery surfaces

Closed-toed shoes are required for your safety

Cameras are not permitted for animal safety

Please advise us of any special needs or concerns

Book Early

Space is limited and fills well in advance

Call 604-659-3552 / 1-800-931-1186 or email programs@ocean.org to book. Booking office is open Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. - closed weekends and holidays.


Dolphin exhibit

A place of research and learning


We take safety seriously

We want you to enjoy your behind-the-scenes experience. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns. No concern is too small; the more information you can provide about yourself, the better prepared we can be for your experience.



Program availability is extremely limited and subject to change. Advance reservations are required. Full credit card payment is required upon booking. General admission is extra and will be charged upon booking. All prices include GST. Members receive 20% off.



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.



Program requires participants to stand and kneel for extended periods of time, go up and down stairs, walk on wet and slippery surfaces and be above the water on an unstable dock. Closed-toed shoes are required. Please advise us of any special needs. Cameras are not permitted within the habitat for animal safety reasons.

Need a gift idea? Purchase a Vancouver Aquarium e-gift card online
for the amount of the encounter and admission to give the gift of aquatic wonder!

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