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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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Not worth the cost

I finished my visit at Butchart Gardens earlier than expected, so I decided to take a drive up... read more

Reviewed 21 July 2015
Emily Y
Santa Clarita, California
Discovery Disappointment

Not enough to see for high admission price. Don't know if young kids would get anything out of it... read more

Reviewed 18 July 2015
Gresham, Oregon
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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.
  • Excellent52%
  • Very good33%
  • Average10%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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“ocean discovery” (34 reviews)
“sea life” (41 reviews)
“touch pool” (18 reviews)
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9811 Seaport Pl, Sidney, British Columbia V8L 4X3, Canada
+1 250-665-7511

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Reviewed 21 July 2015

I finished my visit at Butchart Gardens earlier than expected, so I decided to take a drive up Vancouver Island to this award winning aquarium. The cost for an adult is quite high at almost $16, and I do not believe this aquarium warrants that...More

1  Thank Emily Y
Reviewed 18 July 2015

Not enough to see for high admission price. Don't know if young kids would get anything out of it. Nice shops and grassy area around it.

1  Thank C I
Reviewed 14 July 2015 via mobile

A great representation of our local waters. Year round pass makes it an affordable year round trip, perfect for gloomy days when you still want to explore. Interactive displays and walls upon walls of aquariums that are home to everything from wolf eels to jellyfish.

Thank SunshowerMama
Reviewed 13 July 2015

Our family enjoys this attraction so much we all have memberships. They have such friendly educated staff who offer excellent education times for children, which our children really enjoy. Our kids love going to see the octopus which is changed out often they only keep...More

Thank Funnymommy74
Reviewed 12 July 2015

For the price I didn't feel it was worth it. Not enough interaction for children where it really peaked their interest. I think the trip downtown to the museum would be better value and experience.

1  Thank Cheryl D
Reviewed 1 July 2015 via mobile

We arrived early, it was not too crowded. The children loved the entrance where we felt like we were submerging into Nemo's depths. The doors opened into many beautiful & unique aquariums. There are open pools you can look into and observe as well as...More

1  Thank Toothpicks
Reviewed 22 June 2015

Very nicely done, loved the displays. The whole family had a wonderful time. Great to watch the little ones interact with the sea creatures. Beautiful set up

Thank julieetta
Reviewed 21 June 2015

Came here with friends for the day to explore, as I figured they'd both love to see live animals. Got to see the Wolf Eel come out for feeding and man, that alone is worth the price of admission - what a beautiful and majestic...More

Thank robby321
Reviewed 15 June 2015

We spent just an hour or so wondering the exhibits and enjoyed them very much. There are lots of volunteers to help with questions and they were friendly and knowledgeable

Thank Karen D
Reviewed 12 June 2015

Check out the fantastic creatures that lurk in the waters below us when we go swimming off our beaches. The playful octopus, the multicoloured fish and squid. Extraordinary and photogenic every one.I spent hours in this playground and learnt lots too.!

Thank ARCVictoria
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Clare E
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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.