Exhibit / Vortex

Last chance to see Vortex

Experience acclaimed author and artist Douglas Coupland’s Vortex – a new radical art installation.


Ending November 11

Step into Vortex, take an imaginative journey to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and immerse yourself in the ocean plastic pollution crisis. Coupland’s exhibit will make you think about plastic in a relevant, contemplative, and transformative way.

Join the conversation at #VortexatVA


Go behind the scenes

Participate in interactive sessions alongside Aquarium interpreters, biologists and trainers. Get up close with some of the incredible aquatic animals as you go behind the scenes and help with a feeding or training session.

How We Help

Plastic wise

Single-use plastic waste is harming ocean life. Ocean Wise® created the Plastic Wise initiative to raise awareness and share solutions to address the crisis of ocean plastic. Join us. #BePlasticWise.


Plastic reduction

At Ocean Wise, we’re embarking on our own single-use plastic reduction journey. We’ve gone 100% water bottle free and we’ve taken steps to reduce plastic disposables throughout our premises by replacing disposables with ocean-friendly alternatives.


Plastics research

In the ocean, plastic breaks down over time into tinier pieces, found from pole to pole. The Coastal Ocean Research Institute, an Ocean Wise initiative, conducts groundbreaking research on microplastic pollution.


Sea Lion rescue

Countless marine animals are endangered by plastic debris in the ocean. Our Vancouver Aquarium Marine Mammal Rescue Program team pioneered a rescue method to disentangle sea lions.

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Limited Edition Vortex Merchandise

All profits from the sale of our unique Vortex products go to support our education, conservation and research projects.

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