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Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea

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Closed Now: 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
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Salish Sea Live

A very interesting view of all the living things in the Salish Sea. Interactive sections allowed... read more

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Calgary, Canada

What a great place!! A bit pricy but well worth it. First, park underground as it is free with... read more

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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...more
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9811 Seaport Pl, Sidney, British Columbia V8L 4X3, Canada
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Reviewed yesterday

A very interesting view of all the living things in the Salish Sea. Interactive sections allowed closeup view of what is in the sea. Very informative about plastics pollution of the seas.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank WiseTravellerAB
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

What a great place!! A bit pricy but well worth it. First, park underground as it is free with admission. We parked at the adjacent lot and paid. The museum is small but full of great stuff. The volunteers are fantastic. They know their stuff...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Always something to learn, helpful staff, great location overlooking Sidney Channel, we have been season pass holders

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank brucestott
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went as my husband loves aquariums. Lots of local fish and liked the entrance which was a mock submarine. I can see the kids loving it. I enjoyed all the exhibits including jelly fish but the highlight was a huge octupus that could travel...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank elainemC1582YZ
Reviewed February 12, 2019 via mobile

When friends and family visit put the centre on your to do list . The staff are very knowledgeable and welcoming.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank smilewray
Reviewed November 11, 2018

Came expecting the worst and was blown away by how good it is. Ended up spending much more time that planned.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank KitRaetsen
Reviewed November 8, 2018 via mobile

Staff and volunteers were gracious explaining the wonders under the sea. There were more fish and plants than I could learn about in one day. The kids sea life touching area was fun to watch too. It was all so relevant for BC people to...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank JBButt
Reviewed November 8, 2018

We took the kids and grand-kids there in September. The staff is very friendly and knowledgeable about the centre. It is very well laid out and great for kids. The aquariums are well laid out and have a lot of fish in them. very interesting...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed October 17, 2018

This museum has excellent displays of local sea life and the sea environment. It will give the visitor a deeper understanding of the sea life and the special nature of the Salish Sea. The display where the sea plants and jelly fish can be seen...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank williamdU8310RT
Reviewed October 16, 2018

not to be missed -very interesting indeed.staff were really informative and our two hour wait for whale watching soon passed .

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank colintimms
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Ami D
March 24, 2018|
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Response from lagostina | Reviewed this property |
My experience at the Aquarium is similar to Robert's. If you are not familiar with Sidney I would also add in some beach time after the aquarium, a trip to the fish market on the short pier and a walk out on the larger pier... More
May 31, 2016|
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Response from BCtourists | Reviewed this property |
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.