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Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea

#3 of 26 things to do in Sidney Features Animals
9811 Seaport Pl, Sidney, British Columbia V8L 4X3, Canada
+1 250-665-7511
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Great Aquarium, But...

This was a great aquarium, especially for our children aged 4 and 5. There are many different sea... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Amazing Experience

Shaw Center is for all ages. Good tour inside if you want that, advised as then you would know the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Buncy P
Victoria, Canada
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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.
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  • Average10%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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9811 Seaport Pl, Sidney, British Columbia V8L 4X3, Canada
+1 250-665-7511

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a great aquarium, especially for our children aged 4 and 5. There are many different sea creatures to see and learn about, as well as a hand's on area. This was the biggest hit as the kids easily spent half an hour touching...More

1  Thank Erstange999
Reviewed 1 week ago

Shaw Center is for all ages. Good tour inside if you want that, advised as then you would know the History of our Pioneers of the Salish Sea. The sea life is great, usually an octopus is there as well. When you enter it is...More

Thank Buncy P
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Salish Sea centre is a small aquarium in Sidney, BC. What really surprised us was the knowledge of the people that work there and they really come up to you to explain the water life. Their explanations make the sea life world all the...More

Thank Andy Z
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My class of 20 students of kindergarten, grade 1&2 had an amazing field trip of habitat detectives. The students loved it and the staff was great!

Thank Blaine S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Almost a week after arriving in Victoria, I headed over to see what the place offered. Although not close to having as much to see as the Vancouver Aquarium, I still found it worth the short time needed to see everything inside.

Thank Bill H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This amazing little aquarium really impressed us. It has only local ocean life from the Salish Sea so the kids learned a lot about their own home. They are looking forward to going back. It's a great day out when you combine it with Mineral...More

Thank dlshannon
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This aquarium was worth the entrance fee. It may not be large but it had many different types of sea life and many volunteers who shared information on them as well as sea life you can touch/feel. I would strongly recommend visiting this facility.

Thank Melro83
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beautifully done and displayed many sea life species to touch and feel and sea. Most interesting. Wonderful gift shop knowledgeable staff. A very unique entrance.

Thank Valerie S
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Only spent 48 minutes in the Centre, and that was made longer as we waited for a school group to move out of the way. The centre is too small and simple, as it seems to be geared for the younger ages. If the centre...More

1  Thank Grumpyogre
Reviewed 16 May 2017

A small aquarium. But informative. You are going to learn something. Volunteers are happy to share any information. Amazing sea life.

Thank Lauraloo29943
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Clare E
Where can I park close by?
1 June 2016|
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Response from BCtourists | Reviewed this property |
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.