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Victoria Bug Zoo

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631 Courtney St, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1B8, Canada
+1 250-598-4543
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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!
  • Excellent59%
  • Very good28%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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“creepy crawlies” (31 reviews)
“ant colony” (25 reviews)
“stick insects” (17 reviews)
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Hours Today: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
631 Courtney St, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1B8, Canada
+1 250-598-4543

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

A fabulous and fun place to see and hold (if you would like to) all sorts of creepy crawly creatures! I got to hold a walking leave and a thorny devil insect. The staff told extremely interesting and understandable information about the different creatures. I...More

Thank aafischer2017
Reviewed 12 November 2017

Pros: Tour guide really knows her stuff. Neat to actually handle a few exotic insects Cons: Too many people around the guide so slow going from exhibit to exhibit as everyone holds the bug or questions are answered. Wish they staffed at least two tour...More

Thank JLW3
Reviewed 26 October 2017

Our guide was very enthusiastic. I think her name was Sierra. It was quite educational. My favourites were the ant colonies and green praying mantis which was the most intelligent people oriented ‘bug’ I ever seen. Perhaps a little overpriced for the size, but I...More

Thank Sam P
Reviewed 23 October 2017

Visited bug zoo with our kids and was an instant hit for a rather rainy day in Victoria. The staff were very helpful and informative and look forward to returning again next time.

Thank CdnJillyBean
Reviewed 15 October 2017

Right when we walked into the bug zoo to pay admission I was impressed by how the staff related with my boys ages 10,8,6 and 3. We paid and went into what felt at first like a disapointment as the room was unexpectedly small. However...More

Thank adventuremama448
Reviewed 11 October 2017

Learn and touch all sorts of insects. Never in my life would I have anticipated visiting an insect zoo. This place was great. I learned a lot about insects and even got to touch a few I would have been terrified of encountered in nature....More

Thank Peregrina-Norte
Reviewed 8 October 2017

Despite being retirees we enjoyed the Bug Zoo. Young guides were very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Was a hands on experience of most of the creatures. Not a large place but crammed full of insects with a large ant colony display.

Thank Quincy31
Reviewed 3 October 2017

We were in Victoria on a cruise. We took a bus into town and this was a short walk from the Empress Hotel. I had seen the bug zoo on Trip Advisor and thought our 6 year old grand daughter would enjoy it. Boy did...More

Thank newmexjags
Reviewed 2 October 2017

My adult son and I were recently in Victoria BC and looking for some different off-beat attractions ... and then we stumbled upon this one. It's in downtown Victoria and was not far from our hotel and the waterfront. The staff are incredibly knowledgeable and...More

Thank WilWegman
Reviewed 26 September 2017

Very entertaining experience in small zoo (bugs are "small"). Wife handled very large insect, other people handled a range of other bugs - including a tarantula. Very informative and worth the cost of admission.

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1 August 2015|
Response from JaysonC1974 | Reviewed this property |
I believe it was $10 per person. Although at first that may seem high it really was worth it. Make sure that you get engaged in the tour.
1 August 2015|
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Response from Love23p | Reviewed this property |
as i remember 20 CAD for adult and 15 for minor but not sure