Encounter / Walrus

Walrus 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

75 Minutes

Encounter duration


Participants must be 8 years of age or older


Up close and personal

Guided by an Aquarium interpreter, you will learn more about the walruses at the Vancouver Aquarium and how they are helping researchers understand how their Arctic counterparts are impacted by climate change. Then, if the walruses are awake, you’ll meet up with a walrus trainer and experience what it’s like to work with such charismatic animals. 

What you'll do

Go behind-the-scenes

Experience what it’s like to care for walruses as you go behind the scenes to see the fishy part of animal care. You will also receive a unique opportunity to be amongst the first guests to see the Arctic Fish rearing lab where our biologists help researchers understand life under the Arctic sea ice!

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

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.


alert.pngIt is possible that the walruses will be asleep during the time of your encounter which means seeing them will not be possible. You will still go behind-the-scenes for a unique experience no other guest will have but will not be able to see the walruses.


Research Outpost

The walrus habitat is located in our Research Outpost exhibit. For the first time ever, we have opened up the doors to our research centre to give guests a look into the ground-breaking marine mammal research taking place behind the scenes.


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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