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Victoria Bug Zoo

#17 of 182 things to do in Victoria Features Animals
631 Courtney St, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1B8, Canada
+1 250-384-2847
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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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
631 Courtney St, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1B8, Canada
+1 250-384-2847

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I really liked the Bug Zoo. I think it is a bit expensive for a two room museum, but there is an impressive collection of really cool insects. You do get to hold some big insects if you want. Found out all three kids are...More

Thank GoFryGo
Reviewed 1 week ago

Then this is the place for you or even if you don't like insects it is an interesting little place to visit and spend some time and hold a tarantula etc. My Grandkids really enjoyed it for a limited time The staff were very enthusiastic

Thank islandrockin
Reviewed 1 week ago

Went to this as it was right next to our hotel. We both loved it. The tour guide was fantastic and we were able to hold many wonderful bugs and beasties.

Thank Giselle47
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited on a whim and had a GREAT time! The staff were incredibly knowledgeable about all the bugs, and whenever possible, they let the guests hold or touch the bugs. We spent over an hour listening to the tour, but you can come and...More

Thank ande8527
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place was interesting but I don't think it warrants the entry fee. We entered half way through a tour but the tour guide was very personable, engaging, and fun. We got to hold some of the bugs, a few being 18+ only due to...More

Thank Melro83
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is only a small place but has a lot on show. If you're arachnophobic, give it a miss as there are some massive spiders on display. The visit started off rather "ho-hum" but once the guide started his presentation, it became quite fascinating. The...More

1  Thank Ian J
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Recently I accompanied three children who were visiting for the weekend. Because the ages were 6,9,&11 years old, I was looking for broad spectrum entertainment and the Victoria Bug Zoo was certainly a hit. We planned to go swimming afterwards so a quiet activity after...More

Thank annsC4781YP
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a very small place and when we were there, they only had one guide showing the bugs off and talking about them. There was one couple really monopolizing the guide which really hurt the experience of others. It is literally one room, so...More

Thank PiperRayne
Reviewed 18 May 2017

This was so much fun! They had a huge assortment of walking sticks and preying mantis -- many of which they let you hold for your own up close look (if you wanted). They also had a colony of leaf cutter ants behind glass so...More

Thank Pam H
Reviewed 17 May 2017

Adult daughter and I visited Bug Zoo. Amazing collection of beetles, bugs, ants. Interesting facts, and was not to busy. Kids seemed to enjoy, we had fun taking pictures of the bugs.

Thank crazy7travel
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What is your fee to get into the bug zoo
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.
What is the fee to get into the bug zoo
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