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Victoria Bug Zoo

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631 Courtney St, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1B8, Canada
+1 250-598-4543
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US$ 171.18*
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Vancouver to Victoria and Butchart Gardens Tour by Bus
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The Victoria Bug Zoo opened its doors in 1997 and has been showing visitors of downtown Victoria our awe-inspiring bugs ever since. A visit to this must-see mini zoo offers an excellent opportunity to view and experience live tropical bugs from around the world. All the animals are alive and in tanks. Discover roughly 50 fascinating species including giant walking sticks, beautiful praying mantis, glow-in-the-dark scorpions, hairy tarantulas, and Canada’s largest ant colony. Knowledgeable tour guides will introduce you to the wonderful world of bugs, give a wealth of information about the animals on display, and provide a safe bug handling experience for the more adventurous. You can choose the level of interaction you have with our friendly animals. Don’t forget your camera to document this unique experience! The displays are ever changing so come in and be amazed by the extensive collection of invertebrates from around the world any time of the year. This stop is sure to thrill everyone; from children, adults, bug-lovers to even the more skeptical visitors! Tours always in progress, so no matter when you come, you are always right on time. Don’t miss this unforgettable, hands-on adventure while in Victoria, BC!
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  • Very good28%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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“creepy crawlies” (32 reviews)
“ant colony” (25 reviews)
“stick insects” (18 reviews)
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Hours Today: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
631 Courtney St, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1B8, Canada
+1 250-598-4543

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Our family went to the Bug Zoo for an afternoon on a rainy day. What a fun surprise. We spent a couple hours exploring the different kind of bugs. We got to each hold a tarantula. It was a fun afternoon, the staff were very...More

Thank Andrea M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You will be amazed by the bugs and information you learn after your visit here no matter how old you are.

Thank Tanis A
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Popped in for an hour or so to see the specimens, mostly varieties of tarantulas, stick insects, beetles and ants. Opted out of the tour (it's designed for kids) but enjoyed watching the leaf-cutter ants in their activities.

Thank Barb J
Reviewed 4 January 2018 via mobile

Great staff, very knowledgeable about the bugs. Letting the kids hold them if the child felt comfortable. We spent about 2 hrs in total checking out the bugs.

Thank Heather F
Reviewed 3 January 2018

This place is just fun. F U N. Lot's of bugs and wonderfully icky things! Check it out...you won't regret it. :)

Thank RainEsplen
Reviewed 31 December 2017

We visited as a fmaily, with an 11 year old a an almost 1-year old. Both were delighted as they inspected the variety of critters (living and preserved) on display. A highlight for our older child was holding some of the more exotic insects.

Thank 1972Pat
Reviewed 23 December 2017

OMG - had the BEST time here on our visit to Victoria. I held a TARANTULA!! Not kidding. The amount of information these guys have about bugs is phenomenal and really adds to the experience. The kids loved it, I loved it, it was a...More

Thank Vanessa R
Reviewed 22 December 2017

Like the bugs, the zoo is small but there are very knowledgeable guides that know all about bugs and can answer any question you have (and bust a few myths along the way). You can also hold giant millipedes, cockroaches and tarantulas. Well worth visiting...More

Thank Adam S
Reviewed 14 November 2017

A fabulous and fun place to see and hold (if you would like to) all sorts of creepy crawly creatures! I got to hold a walking leave and a thorny devil insect. The staff told extremely interesting and understandable information about the different creatures. I...More

Thank aafischer2017
Reviewed 12 November 2017

Pros: Tour guide really knows her stuff. Neat to actually handle a few exotic insects Cons: Too many people around the guide so slow going from exhibit to exhibit as everyone holds the bug or questions are answered. Wish they staffed at least two tour...More

Thank JLW3
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1 August 2015|
Response from JaysonC1974 | Reviewed this property |
I believe it was $10 per person. Although at first that may seem high it really was worth it. Make sure that you get engaged in the tour.
1 August 2015|
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Response from Love23p | Reviewed this property |
as i remember 20 CAD for adult and 15 for minor but not sure