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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!
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  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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“creepy crawlies” (33 reviews)
“ant colony” (25 reviews)
“stick insects” (20 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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631 Courtney St, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1B8, Canada
Downtown
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+1 250-598-4543
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"creepy crawlies"
in 33 reviews
"ant colony"
in 25 reviews
"stick insects"
in 20 reviews
"praying mantis"
in 13 reviews
"leaf cutter ants"
in 9 reviews
"kids and adults"
in 20 reviews
"all ages"
in 43 reviews
"great for kids"
in 22 reviews
"different species"
in 9 reviews
"gift shop"
in 29 reviews
"rainy day"
in 20 reviews
"on display"
in 16 reviews
"interesting facts"
in 9 reviews
"lots of fun"
in 12 reviews
"two hours"
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"tarantula"
in 124 reviews
"creatures"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

If you don‘t like bugs, spiders and the like go there and listen to Ash. He tells you a lot of amazing things about these species. He let you touch them and cuddle them if you like. My daughter and I absolutely loved it. It...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Brought 2 kids (4 & 2) for 1.5 hours. I could have stayed much longer, however a 4 y/o's attention spam isn't the greatest... The tour guide was incredibly information and patient with the kids. He thoroughly explained the lives of most of the bugs,...More

Thank Samantha B
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Our kids loved this place and just didn't want to leave :) It is a small place. Staff was very friendly.

Thank gargritika04
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Took my grandson for a visit. Price was reasonable. The guide in the actual bug area was very informative and knowledgeable.

Thank cmlomas
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Been here twice, and still enjoy it and find it is very educational. It's a small place with lots of terrariums full of mostly creepy crawlies. The guides are exceptionally knowledgeable, and you could probably throw questions at them all day and they'd still have...More

1  Thank Vanessa K
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My kids dug this place; the loved holding the roaches and stick bugs. However at the end some kid broke the ant display and they all got out. That may have been the highlight. Cool for kids; meh for adults.

Thank Nathan H
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a great 45 minute detour from your other activities in downtown Victoria. It is only a couple of rooms (and a bit pricey considering its size), but it does contain lots of fascinating bugs. Be sure to use the UV flashlight to see...More

Thank David_from_Utah
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I was expecting much more than what this was. It is 2 small rooms with terrariums and various bugs. The staff were super knowledgable which was a plus but it takes about 20 minutes and you are out. We had a very great guide but...More

Thank Lori M
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very interesting, family friendly, educational and very interactive outing for the whole family. Includes a variety of insects from around the world with quality, well trained guides helping to inform your visit and in many cases facilitating hands on interactions with many of the 'zoos'...More

Thank stopfer
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Learn lots of facts about their bug residents and hold them if you want. This is great for kids, adults, grandparents, everyone!

Thank CindyinBoise
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salchicasal
August 1, 2015|
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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.
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salchicasal
August 1, 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
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