Encounter / Sea Lion

Sea lion behind

-the-scenes encounter

Take a walk on the wild side with sea lions. Experience first-hand what it is like to work with such charismatic animals in our Steller Bay research area.

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.

Please note that Animal Encounters have been suspended until further notice. If you have any questions about an animal encounter you have booked, please contact [email protected].


Up close and personal

Guided by an Aquarium interpreter, you will learn how the sea lions at the Vancouver Aquarium are helping researchers piece together why these majestic animals are disappearing in the wild. Then, meet up with a sea lion trainer and experience first-hand what it’s like to work with such charismatic animals. It’s a truly amazing experience.

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 [email protected] to book. Booking office is open Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. - closed weekends and holidays. Day-of bookings for this encounter may be possible pending availability, please inquire at Guest Services Desk upon your arrival at the Aquarium. 


Steller's Bay

Come nose to snout with Steller sea lions at Steller’s Bay, an exhibit that spotlights these majestic and mysterious creatures, only at Vancouver Aquarium.


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.

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for the amount of the encounter and admission to give the gift of aquatic wonder!

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