Victoria Bug Zoo
Victoria Bug Zoo
4.5
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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The Victoria Bug Zoo opened its doors in 1997 and has been showing visitors of downtown Victoria our awe-inspiring bugs ever since. A visit to this must-see mini zoo offers an excellent opportunity to view and experience live tropical bugs from around the world. All the animals are alive and in tanks. Discover roughly 50 fascinating species including giant walking sticks, beautiful praying mantis, glow-in-the-dark scorpions, hairy tarantulas, and Canada’s largest ant colony. Knowledgeable tour guides will introduce you to the wonderful world of bugs, give a wealth of information about the animals on display, and provide a safe bug handling experience for the more adventurous. You can choose the level of interaction you have with our friendly animals. Don’t forget your camera to document this unique experience! The displays are ever changing so come in and be amazed by the extensive collection of invertebrates from around the world any time of the year. This stop is sure to thrill everyone; from children, adults, bug-lovers to even the more skeptical visitors! Tours always in progress, so no matter when you come, you are always right on time. Don’t miss this unforgettable, hands-on adventure while in Victoria, BC!
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1-2 hours
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Bajan Traveller
Rockley, Barbados32 contributions
Jan. 2023 • Family
Hardly a zoo. 2 small rooms. Very rude and nasty manager who forces masks on little children. Don’t waste your time and especially your money.
Written January 23, 2023
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Caroline C
North Vancouver, Canada8 contributions
Oct. 2022 • Family
The place is really small (2 rooms), but you get to see a variety of spiders and insects. I went with my 12 year old and she felt too old for the place. I thought it was pretty cool. We stayed for about 45 minutes, so it felt a bit overpriced for our experience, but I imagine going with a younger child and definitely getting my money’s worth. Tour guide Emma was very knowledgeable and her enthusiasm for the zoo residents was contagious. A great visit for younger (<10) children.
Written October 2, 2022
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gaiamaid
Bozeman, MT18 contributions
Aug. 2022
This was my second visit since 2019, and I was SO glad this place is still operating! The volunteers are so full of joy for the critters, one can learn so very much about the bugs. It's a place that welcomes kids too. It's a little gem, tucked not too far from the main tourist street downtown, Government Street. Do this if you want to experience a very unique stop in Victoria!!
Written August 27, 2022
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Nick Jones
2 contributions
Aug. 2022 • Family
Had a wonderful time with our two kids aged 7 and 4. It’s a small zoo but they do an excellent interactive tour where you can touch and hold many of the bugs. Our kids loved it.
Written August 7, 2022
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dianemac62
Seneca, SC49 contributions
Jul. 2022
A nice variety of bugs and easy to view. The place is small and it was warm but definitely worth going to.
Written July 8, 2022
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Peter S
Wilmington, NC9 contributions
May 2022
A storefront with only two rooms, but full of glass cages holding many different insects. Some are difficult to find -- the stick insects look, well, like sticks. Others the docent will gladly take out of their cage and put on you hand. A unique zoo, and a fun 60 minute visit.
Written June 16, 2022
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Ethan C.
1 contribution
Jun. 2022 • Friends
I loved it so much! I’ve wanted to go forever, and it was so awesome to see and HOLD the bugs! The arachnids had eaten the day we went, so we couldn’t hold them, which was a shame :( but I understand! It was fun to watch them eat their food! The staff members were all lovely, and the LGBT friendly environment made me feel very welcome and safe.

Also- the chocolate-covered ant wafers are SO GOOD!!!!
Written June 12, 2022
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Diane
3 contributions
May 2022
Really cool place. Would recommend to everyone, local or Vacationers. The Staff were excellent and very Knowledgeable . I even got to touch a tarantula and a giant cockroach. Eeeeeech!! FUN........
Written May 28, 2022
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Marcela H
1 contribution
May 2022
I visited the Bug ZOO yesterday with my son and his two daughters (4y + 7y). We (adults) we’re quite disappointed. Though we purchased our tickets ahead for certain time and believed there will be somebody knowledgeable with us - it was rather chaotic inside. With too many visitors and only a skeleton staff (3), many containers empty or with either dead bugs or their plastic replicas - it was definitely lacking the promised feature of “meeting and learning” about the bugs’ lives.
I was in the ZOO about ten years ago - also with small grandkids - and it was a totally different experience. We had a guide walking us through with interesting stories, possibility of seeing the creatures in her hands or even being able to touch or hold some….
Written May 23, 2022
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Kate S
Ixtapa, Mexico8 contributions
May 2022 • Family
Perfect afternoon with kids. The lady working there on the day we went was excellent with our kids - she answered all our questions and her passion for bugs was contagious. Fantastic learning opportunity for our kids and they even got to high five a tarantula! If visiting, it’s worth the visit with young kids.
Written May 20, 2022
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Victoria Bug Zoo is open:
  • Mon - Fri 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Sat - Sun 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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