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Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea

367 Reviews

Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea

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Mary S wrote a review Dec. 2020
Ottawa, Canada6 contributions
We enjoyed the aquarium. The staff was knowledgable and friendly. COVID-19 precautions were observed. A great experience.
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Date of experience: December 2020
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tony l wrote a review Aug. 2020
Vancouver, Canada1935 contributions772 helpful votes
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 .
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Date of experience: July 2020
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littlebug12016 wrote a review Aug. 2020
Vancouver Island, Canada55 contributions22 helpful votes
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!
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Christian F wrote a review Feb. 2020
Fort St. John, Canada45 contributions20 helpful votes
I rarely write poor reviews. This will be a bit more of a suggestive piece rather then a negative one. I am a fish keeper myself. I like tanks, fish and plants. This is why I came. When I come into a place that has such a splashy website, Im expecting to be blown away. I wasn’t. The facility is very small, and is more geared toward small children. Which is fine. But...they wont be your repeat business, I will be. The placards were faded and crusty looking. Which was also kinda unexpected. For $18 bucks I’m expecting at least an hour of full on fishy experience. I went through it all in 20 minutes, taking in each tank. Im not there to research all the fish, I’m there to look at them and enjoy the tanks. Some of them(tanks) looked terrible and thus the fish. The place does have some cool things like the moon jellyfish and the octopus roaming around overhead(best tank feature). Even the salmon tank was kinda neat. The big round tank up by the microscopes was cool to. The touching/feel spot is more of a child thing and another area where more tanks and fish should be.It should be half the size. The museum part at the end is kinda lame in my opinion. I didn’t come in to see a bunch of orica and whale skulls.. this place needs more tanks and fish! The submarine entrance was nifty.. and again built up my expectations. When i see a 40 foot screen that should be a tank with maybe some bigger salmon, or large halibut some other large local species ect ect. It kinda killed it for me. All in all I enjoyed the very short and expensive Walk about experience.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from ShawCentreSalishSea, Manager at Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea
Responded Feb. 26, 2020
Well, we are very sorry to hear you felt let down by your visit to the Centre, Christian, but we do value your input. As a community aquarium and learning centre, we are definitely smaller than say, Vancouver or Seattle Aquarium, but we pack a lot of amazing critters and features that are local to the Salish Sea in more than 30 saltwater habitats (tanks) over 10,000 square feet. You did not mention if you interacted with any of our amazing staff or volunteers who are always happy to point out cool things that you might not otherwise see with a quick glance. Some of our most awesome inhabitants are masters of camouflage. They'll also tell you why the incredibly alien-looking hooded nudibranchs have a slightly pink tinge to them. As we do not have live marine mammals, we do provide our visitors with an opportunity to learn about some of our local blubbery friends as a significant component of the Salish Sea ecosystem through artifacts and changing pocket exhibits (currently on the return of humpback whales to this coast - which is something we celebrate!). While it is true that some of the features of the Centre are geared towards children, we can honestly say that they also appeal to many teens, parents and grandparents because they are part of a fun experience that hopefully includes learning and exploration of what makes this part of the world so special :)
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Gail G wrote a review Feb. 2020
10 contributions1 helpful vote
This is a great place to take kids (of any age) - this is an interpretive centre and also a place where kids can have some freedom while learning - unless you have a full day you need to go more than once
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Date of experience: June 2019
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Response from ShawCentreSalishSea, Manager at Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea
Responded Feb. 13, 2020
Thanks for this fantastic review! We too feel like exploring the Centre takes significantly more time than simply walking through it- there is so much to see and learn!
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