Encounter / Sea Otter

Sea Otter behind

-the-scenes encounter

Go behind the scenes with an Aquarium interpreter to learn more about these playful animals and get a hands-on training session with our marine mammal training team.

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


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.

Sea Otter Encounters are available twice per day, on Mondays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays.

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. 


Sea otter exhibit

A home for rescued sea otters


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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