Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea

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Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea

Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea
4.5
Aquariums • Educational sites
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10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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Explore the underwater beauty of the Salish Sea Bioregion - one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world! The Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea is a not-for-profit aquarium and learning centre devoted to the exploration and conservation of the Salish Sea. The Salish Sea is named after the Coast Salish indigenous peoples of the region. Explore natural aquaria habitats of over 160 live species including a giant Pacific octopus, colourful rockfish, and magnificent wolf eels. Check out the marine mammal artifact exhibit complete with a rare orca skeleton, and take in the permanent exhibit of beautiful Coast Salish art. Journey from seashore to seafloor and discover the amazing diversity of the Salish Sea in 28 aquarium habitats teeming with marine life from anemones and nudibranchs to salmon and sculpins. Then get a close look at the weird and wonderful invertebrates in our shallow "Look" Pool (pre-COVID Touch Pool) overlooking the breathtaking Sidney waterfront.
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relax7500
Calgary, Canada93 contributions
Feb. 2022 • Family
From the submarine elevator that takes you into the exhibit to all the varied exhibits and amazing number of small sea creatures there’s something for everyone here. Also loved the Indigenous aspects and fact it’s not too big, you can cover it in an hour or so. Highly recommend.
Written February 21, 2022
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tdsuperstar
Toronto, Canada18,138 contributions
Oct. 2021 • Family
A beautiful, but short Aquarium experience awaits you at the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea. The many aquatic life forms, including the jellyfish that my youngest loved. There could be more use of empty space, but maybe it’s a product of Covid, but there’s room for improving the offerings for the price charged. The staff was friendly, there’s also free parking (which I didn’t know) that’s limited. If I lived nearby here, I’d probably get a yearly pass. The ability to learn about the local “Salish Sea” is a great opportunity that should not be missed!
Written November 20, 2021
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Don W
Victoria, Canada1 contribution
Oct. 2021
Very small and underwhelming. Takes maybe 30 minutes to tour. Way too expensive. Basically a few aquariums. Plus right in the middle of one display a bored looking women was typing on a computer seemingly oblivious to the visitors. A messy desk surrounding her.
Written October 24, 2021
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Roary
Vancouver, Canada2,855 contributions
Sep. 2021 • Friends
Went here for the very first time with my family. Can’t really say much more than what’s already been mentioned before.
- Is it small? Yes. We spent about 30 min there going at a casual pace. If you read everything posted, you might be able to stretch to an hour.
- Is it expensive? Relative to size, yes. But I can also say the there are more staff to interact with compared to other aquariums I’ve been too. And that makes a difference.
- Would I recommend going? Depends. If you have young children who have never been to an aquarium before, then yes, definitely worth it. If no kids or you’ve been to bigger aquariums before, maybe not.

I still enjoyed our visit, and my kids did too, but one visit is enough.
Written September 4, 2021
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Curiosity585221
1 contribution
Aug. 2021 • Family
5 adults for almost $100 and hard to take 15 minutes to go through. A couple of nice tanks but this is way over priced maybe $8 a Adult and that would of still stung for the experience.
Written August 23, 2021
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Alexa H
2 contributions
Aug. 2021
This small aquarium had extremely knowledgeable staff and was a great place for learning. We also got a lot of time with the Lloyd, the peppy Giant Pacific Octopus. I also like that they release the octopus back in to the water once they mature. Great for all ages.
Written August 18, 2021
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sabrina
3 contributions
Aug. 2021 • Couples
Really enjoyed our time :) my partner and I (both mid 20s) went and spent about an hour and a half here exploring all the different things that the centre had to offer. The staff was incredibly knowledgeable and the displays were awesome! My only critique was that there were a lot of kids (and parents) running around not obeying the arrows on the floor and thus Covid rules, so they would cut in front of us and go backwards through the exhibits etc. Although there were a lot of families there it was a great activity for adults too and I think an adult night weekly or something would be a really cool idea with interest. Overall very well worth the time and money!
Written August 14, 2021
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Mary S
Ottawa, Canada6 contributions
Dec. 2020 • Family
We enjoyed the aquarium. The staff was knowledgable and friendly. COVID-19 precautions were observed. A great experience.
Written December 30, 2020
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tony l
Vancouver, Canada2,777 contributions
Jul. 2020
It is a magnificent hand on aquarium by the waterfront ,great views on the marine life ,kids love it ! special the moon jellyfish tank .social distance spot on ,feel very comfortable .
Written August 31, 2020
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littlebug12016
Vancouver Island, Canada60 contributions
Aug. 2020 • Family
We really enjoyed our time here and went through several times. My son enjoyed the big submarine door the best! Haha. Everyone socially distanced well and even without the touch tanks there was a lot to see and enjoy. The atmosphere was really great thank you!
Written August 22, 2020
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