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Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea

#3 of 26 things to do in Sidney Features Animals
9811 Seaport Pl, Sidney, British Columbia V8L 4X3, Canada
+1 250-665-7511
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displays are very well done!

Beautiful large tanks with well done displays and selections of sea life from the area. We loved... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Courtenay, Canada
If you like aquariums

If you like aquariums and marine life this is a great place. Beautiful facility, beautiful big... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Victoria, Canada
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Explore the mysteries of the Salish Sea Bioregion - one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world! The Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea is an aquarium and cultural centre for the learning, exploration, and conservation of the Salish Sea. The Salish Sea is named after the Canadian Indigenous Peoples of the region, the Coast Salish. Experience natural aquaria habitats of over 160 live species including a giant pacific octopus and wolf eels; a marine mammal exhibit complete with a rare orca skeleton; and experience the art and culture of the Coast Salish peoples on permanent exhibit. Journey from seafloor to seashore and discover the amazing diversity of the Salish Sea. Peer into 28 aquarium habitats teeming with live marine life from anemones to jelly fish to rockfish and experience the animals first hand in our Touch Pool room overlooking the Salish Sea.
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  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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9811 Seaport Pl, Sidney, British Columbia V8L 4X3, Canada
+1 250-665-7511

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful large tanks with well done displays and selections of sea life from the area. We loved the jelly fish tanks and checking out the wolf eels. The staff was very enthusiastic and knowledgeable, they made the experience excellent.

Thank Lbroome705
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you like aquariums and marine life this is a great place. Beautiful facility, beautiful big tanks, all the marine life found in the Salish Sea along with displays of beautiful First Nations Art. If you aren't really into aquariums its a bit expensive at...More

1  Thank Missjanny
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A new experience every time we visit. Many interactive fun educational sessions held while we were here this time. Kids love to learn, and I loved listening in!!

Thank AlbertaDenise
Reviewed 11 July 2017

the Aquarium in Sidney is well worth exploring for everybody, children, parents and grandparents. Discover all sorts of interesting facts about the sea life in the Salish Sea through interactive displays and shows. There is also a fantastic gift shop so you can take some...More

Thank Daphne M
Reviewed 10 July 2017

Very interesting, very well done displays of ocean life in BC. Wonderful, will go again. Many splendid shows of BC's habitat of fishes. In the end you can touch some of them. They have microscopes set up as well to view very tiny creatures of...More

Thank sunseeker2907
Reviewed 9 July 2017 via mobile

Convenient to ferry terminal this was a great place to take a 9 year old but also good for younger and older kids.

Thank pxsmith
Reviewed 30 June 2017 via mobile

The aquarium in Sidney turned out to be a hidden gem. It is small and easily seen in a short amount of time, but engaging enough to keep you occupied for a few hours. You will learn a lot about the wildlife of the Salish...More

Thank COBWEBAgent
Reviewed 28 June 2017

For non-divers, this is a wonderful way to see what lies beneath the chilly waters of the Salish Sea. Amazing anemones, beautiful bull kelp forests, wolf-eels, fascinating fish.

Thank wolfeellady
Reviewed 19 June 2017

This was a great aquarium, especially for our children aged 4 and 5. There are many different sea creatures to see and learn about, as well as a hand's on area. This was the biggest hit as the kids easily spent half an hour touching...More

4  Thank Erstange999
Reviewed 18 June 2017

Shaw Center is for all ages. Good tour inside if you want that, advised as then you would know the History of our Pioneers of the Salish Sea. The sea life is great, usually an octopus is there as well. When you enter it is...More

Thank Buncy P
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Free parking is available in a downstairs parking lot. There are several spots reserved for Shaw customers. Apart from that there is lots of street or pay parking nearby.