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Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea

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Address: 9811 Seaport Pl, Sidney, British Columbia V8L 4X3, Canada
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+1 250-665-7511
10:00 - 16:30
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Explore the mysteries of the Salish Sea Bioregion - one of the most diverse...

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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Amazing facility near the water

We have seen the marine science center in Port Townsend, Washington. That marine Center focuses on the Salish Sea, as does this facility. But this Marine Center is a notch above... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
craig t
Roseburg, Oregon

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Roseburg, Oregon
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110 reviews
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We have seen the marine science center in Port Townsend, Washington. That marine Center focuses on the Salish Sea, as does this facility. But this Marine Center is a notch above the one near Port Townsend. the facility really is focused on getting kids involved with marine ecology. The displays are very well done and the multi-media approach and hands-on... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was a fabulous place to learn hands on! Being from Manitoba we were excited to be so close to ocean marine life. We had a 2 year old that really enjoyed everything even tho she didn't find Dory!😀 All ages would love this place! Very reasonably priced too!

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Sidney, Canada
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34 reviews
15 attraction reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

it was a truly great experience visiting the aquarium to see so much and so many sea life creatures. Staff are well versed on all sea life and very helpful. It is a great place for children, they have a a special corner for them and there are videos to watch and hear the different ocean mammals, of course there... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My family came to the Island for just a few days, and I wanted to take my girls to the whale museum since I've been doing some reading on orcas and I wanted to show them Eve's skeleton. I'd been unable to find if the museum even existed, so we took our chances on this discovery centre, and there she... More 

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100 Mile House, British Columbia
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The aquarium is a must see in Sidney. The volunteers are passionate for marine life. The sea creatures are well cared for. Guests can explore sea life on a whole new level through microscopes or become immersed in the sea while watching the fish , anemones, eels and octopus.

Thank dawnzena95
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4 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Cool little aquarium with lots of staff to not only answer questions but also point out unique things. We saw the 6" wolf eel that almost never comes out of the rocks fully according to the staff person. Grand kids (4-7) loved the hands on displays and the many aquariums as well as the bones of ocean mammals like whales... More 

Thank Ian T
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68 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2017

Wonderful attraction, displaying sea life from our local Salish Seas. Super staff, willing to answer all your questions. Very educational, hands on - get your hands wet! Have fun

Thank John C
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Reviewed 13 March 2017

I came here for the first time using the be a tourist in your own home town deal. It is a small facility, but I am glad I got an opportunity to visit here at last. I'm not a diver, so it was a lovely to get the feel of exploring underwater. If you've never been here, I'd recommend to... More 

Thank Niameow
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Reviewed 27 February 2017

Great inter tidal action and plenty of ways to build relationships with the sea! Tina showed us around and was a great interpreter and representative of the centre. She answered all questions and concerns regarding marine life thoroughly and as completely as she could. I would say this is a great environment to introduce kids to marine life and it... More 

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Victoria, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2017

I expected it to be small with not much to see, but they packed a lot into this place! From the tiniest critters to some of the largest, it packed lots of ecosystems and creatures in. The exhibits were very well thought out, easy to read with good lighting and the right amount of information. (Unlike the Royal BC Museum... More 

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