Bonne Bay Marine Station
Bonne Bay Marine Station
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
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
About
A world-class research and teaching facility, the Bonne Bay Marine Station on Newfoundland's breath-taking west coast is dedicated to expanding knowledge of marine ecology. Take an interactive tour of our aquarium and observe some of the marine plants and animals living in Bonne Bay. We will introduce you to fragile marine plankton, the "saltwater soup" of our oceans. Get your hands wet among the sea stars, coralline algae, hermit crabs, and other curious creatures living in our ever popular touch tank. Storyboards, underwater footage, and interactive displays inform visitors about our latest research endeavors. Tours are provided by knowledgeable, friendly, student interpreters, and are approximately 45 minutes in duration.
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Jean-Paul P
Charlottetown, Canada5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
The Marine Station Aquarium is a hidden gem. There is a very reasonably-priced family rate and a free guided tour that goes every 30 minutes (it seems). We took the guided tour and it was EXCELLENT - one of the best museum experiences I've ever had! Our guide was exceptional and treated the kids like VIPs. She answered EVERY question that we asked and made everything very easy to understand. She also fed the wolffish a crab so the kids could watch it eat. Our 30 minute tour probably went 45 minutes and ended at the touch tank where the kids could hold starfish and anemones. Travelling with kids, it was a highlight of our trip to Western Newfoundland!
Written July 19, 2023
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Paul E
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
The student marine biologist gave a great presentation and fielded all the questions like a professional. The fish and other marine life in the holding tanks and the touch tanks were awesome. Worth the time for a visit.
Written July 16, 2023
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Pauller
Ottawa, Canada37 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
Was not open when they said they would be. Did not hear back from voicemail asking about when the place could be visited. Website gives incorrect information. Very disappointed...does not speak well for Memorial University!!
Written October 19, 2022
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Coastal00215958841
23 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Solo
While I understand I could have/should have check ahead on the Memorial University web page - it would be effective to day travellers to have signage up indicating that the centre is still closed to the public.
Written July 10, 2021
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springbanktraveller
Callgary966 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
Expensive entry fees and no discounts for seniors. Not many displays to be seen, interesting but disappointing as a whole. Probably more interactive for children than adults. Focuses on marine life research in the area of Bonne Bay.
Written October 17, 2019
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mark h
23 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019 • Couples
We were surprised at how well done this center was. We caught most of the guided tour which was excellent & very informative. Unfortunately a bus tour arrived and our guide had to leave us to finish on our own. Exhibits are well done. We are glad we stopped in. A couple of points, the center closes from 12-1:00 for lunch at this time of year and there is a set admission charge. We paid $7.50 each as seniors.
Written September 27, 2019
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angeleyes27
Brigantine, NJ5,283 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
This marine station is small and mainly for people with children. The bottom floor has a touch tank for kids, a whale skeleton and the aquarium room with lobsters. The lobsters are cool to see, but the room is freezing cold like a refrigerator. Upstairs there is not much except a view. For me as an adult, I went through it in 20 minutes to a half hour so unless you have children who want to touch the starfish, it is just a short stop, not a must see. The fee is nominal and the staff is very friendly and eager to help. I didn't take the tour so that may have made a difference. It is next to the Bonne Bay boat tours and there is free parking. It is a worthwhile project so I was happy that fees help fund this project.
Written September 6, 2019
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gunnyappleseed
Kingston, Canada152 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
If you are in the area of Norris Point (south end of Gros Morne Park) it is well worth taking the time to visit this facility, and take the guided tour. Our tour guide was highly knowledgeable, friendly and polite. I think that kids would find this place to be an outstanding, fun place to spend a couple hours. The top deck is self-guided, but has lots of local history on display.
Written August 25, 2019
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JeanLuc Gareau
Alexandria, Canada16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
We waited until our last day in Norris Point to go visit this museum. It was not huge but there is definitely a lot to see & learn about. Staff are for the most part university students who have selected to work in marine biology . You can visit on your own although there are restricted areas where you must be accompanied by a guide . Minimal fee to get in & I suggest that everyone stop in & encourage our research facility .
Written August 16, 2019
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CanadianTraveller114
Ottawa, Canada140 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Friends
Although the station is quite small, there is a lot to see and learn. There is a large whale skeleton in the lobby , plus a touching tank with small fish and other sea life . The guided tour into the back room where the tanks are kept is amazing. All members of the large group we joined were fascinated by the sea life, lobsters, crabs, urchins, starfish, etc. Before the start of the tour, we were also treated to seeing a whale travelling past the marine station. The student guide was very knowledgeable, she answered many questions with ease. We learned much about the ocean environment , tides and history around Norris Point.
Written August 3, 2019
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