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Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea

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9811 Seaport Pl, Sidney, British Columbia V8L 4X3, Canada
+1 250-665-7511
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So relaxing!

This was a late addition to our itinerary; we figured we could fit it in between the Butterfly... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Min C
via mobile
Too small for High price to pay

Very tiny aquarium to cost an adult $20 to get in. No local rate. Good for kids. Not much for... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
EvaL1208
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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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  • Average9%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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9811 Seaport Pl, Sidney, British Columbia V8L 4X3, Canada
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+1 250-665-7511
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This was a late addition to our itinerary; we figured we could fit it in between the Butterfly Gardens and the Butchart Gardens. It worked out well. The staff are knowledgable and friendly. The animals are fascinating. There was one aquarium that was so relaxing,...More

Thank Min C
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Very tiny aquarium to cost an adult $20 to get in. No local rate. Good for kids. Not much for adults.

Thank EvaL1208
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I learned so much and our group learned so much. I was travelling with my pathfinder group and wow. it was amazing seeing all the sea life. The staff was really great and friendly. I hope to get the opportunity to go back with my...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Our Grandson Loved this place!!!! My favorite was the Giant Pacific Octopus. Our Grandsons favorite was the Giant Jellyfish.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

It was an amazing place to simply admire the sea life that we sometimes simply ignore. The space that the aquarium took up was perfect, as it allowed for enough space to take photos and stand around while watching the animals, but it was small...More

Thank Julia M
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had an awesome time at this aquarium! Very pricey ($74 for our family of 6) but we had fun. Its very clean, staff are informed and helpful and fun stuff for the kids. We were lucky to be there on a day that the...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A lot of reviews point out that the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea is small, and for some that is a complaint. For us, that was what made it so good. The more modest size than the Vancouver Aquarium gave us the time to...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We took a 5 year old girl who absolutely enjoyed it. She enjoyed touching the creatures in the back & talked to the girl who explained everything. She was very knowledgeable & enjoyed her job as her energy level was infectious.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It’s small compared to some, but packed with wonderful informative displays, marine life and hands-on activities. It has a really fun entry, even for us older folks. The staff were knowledgeable and answered our questions professionally. If you’re in Sidney, be sure to check it...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was disappointed- few jelly fish, 1 little octopus and few other small fish. 10-15 min and it's done.Boring. I'd say $18 is too much !!!

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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
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Clare E
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.
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