Vancouver Aquarium

Wasn’t planning on taking Charlotte here quite so soon, but the Olympic road closures squeezed us toward Stanley Park while en route to Spanish Banks. Charlotte was completely mesmerized by all the fish, bubbles and colours on display. We bought a family pass for the year and Mom will be back earlier in the week when it’s not so busy. They seem to have a strong focus on conservation and education and we felt good that the Orca program is no longer. The Ocean Wise fish program was in effect at the outdoor cafe and they’re using all sorts of biodegradable containers complete with composting and recycling stations. A gift shop makeover might be in order however, check the Beluga shot glasses, they don’t really fit the educational/sustainable vibe! I seem to remember the gift shop being all glass, looks like the glass walls have been replaced with wood panels (probably in the 80s!) There must be some old photos of the aquarium, might have to check the library.