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“Excellent Aquarium Displays... Just a Little Small.”

Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea
Ranked #3 of 25 things to do in Sidney
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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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Waterton Lakes National Park, Canada
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607 reviews
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“Excellent Aquarium Displays... Just a Little Small.”
Reviewed 3 March 2012

The aquarium was very well designed with large window panes that made it easy to see the plethora of life that can be found in the Salish Sea. One of the volunteers working that day took us aside and enthusiastically pointed out and told us about a wolf eel that was hiding, a Dungeness crab that was a recent addition to the aquarium's population, and the octopus that was camouflaged against its surroundings. In fact, all of the volunteers were very happy, easy to talk to, eager to answer questions and generally improved the entire experience.

The interactive area provided microscopes that gave us an up-close-and-personal look at some of the Salish Sea's smaller inhabitants.

As I don't necessarily agree with the concept of the touch-pools that allow visitors to grope and grab and (in my opinion) molest and harass the organisms found within, I didn't care for that part of the aquarium. However, from another's perspective, it may be a highlight...

I would have liked to see more information and detail (displays) provided about some of the creatures found throughout the aquarium. As well, due to the small size of the entire facility (even if you really take your time to enjoy everything) I felt that the ticket price was a little much for what you get.

Visited February 2012
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Victoria, Canada
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“Good for Children”
Reviewed 24 February 2012

A very good attraction for Children. Very interactive. It would be nice if there was signage beside the aquariums that mentioned what types of fish etc. are in them, as I was being asked by the child I was with, but couldn't find the answers nearby.

It finishes off with a touch aquarium which is always fun.

We would go again.

Visited February 2012
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Victoria, Canada
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“Fantastic”
Reviewed 21 February 2012

From the neat entry (I don't want to spoil your fun) to the clean displays, to the helpful staff, this is a must-do for all ages and abilities. We'll be returning!

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“facinating!”
Reviewed 16 February 2012

very cool! kids and adults will love it. Very well done, take as long as you like. Very helpful knowledgeable staff.

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Victoria
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“too small”
Reviewed 15 February 2012

Is fun but its pretty small for its cost. Great for young kids, go see the touch tank and do a 'seek and find' with magnetic cards.

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