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Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea

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Address: 9811 Seaport Pl, Sidney, British Columbia V8L 4X3, Canada
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+1 250-665-7511
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 16:30
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Explore the mysteries of the Salish Sea Bioregion - one of the most diverse...

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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We visited the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre during our stay in Sidney in early September. The cost is around $15+ dollars maybe closer to $20 per adult but it is a day pass so you... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 29 September 2014
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Vancouver Island, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2014

Went to the Ocean Discovery Centre for a new business event. I had never been there before, but will be returning to visit for sure! It's a smaller 'aquarium' that showcases the sea life found off the West Coast of BC, but complete with touch tanks for the kids (or the kid inside of us adults). Also, it was staffed... More 

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Sidney, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2014

The Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre is the best kept secret of Sidney. We are divers and find you can experience with one visit more local underwater life at this aquarium than a lifetime of diving. It is very well presented and lighted and you can even take great underwater pictures through the large aquaria of large jellyfish, octopus, salmon, anemones,... More 

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Bissett
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2014

We visited the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre during our stay in Sidney in early September. The cost is around $15+ dollars maybe closer to $20 per adult but it is a day pass so you can come and go as much as you want during the day. Very well done. Enjoyed looking at all the little sea creatures including a... More 

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Thank Gail W
White Rock, British Columbia, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2014

The Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre is a great pace along the Sidney Waterfront promenade to stop and take a look-see. Nothing gets a kids mind going then being able to see up close what the creatures living right over their shoulder in the ocean depths. Great place to let you dog unwind in the court yard amphitheatre park and if... More 

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Thank WaynePOV
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2014

I have been to Sidney a number of times and never bothered to go to the Shaw Ocean Discovery Center. A couple of weeks past i took the time to visit primarily because we had a 4 year old with us. I was quite surprised and impressed by the facility. A very interesting place for young and old alike. The... More 

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Okotoks, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2014

Learnt a lot about the sea life, staff was very helpful. Great place for kids and adults. Great little shop when done to buy trinkets

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2014

This is a great place for kids, there's a great balance of adventure, hands on and learning material at this centre. Our 3 year old loved the hands on exhibit the most, although the octopus was a close second! The staff were all great and very patient and explained things easily to the kids in the centre. It's a wonderful... More 

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Thank Karii00
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2014

This is a very well done introduction to the Salish Sea and ocean life. It is well design and offers a hands on experience for children. I loved the entry, it like going down on diving bell.

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Leusden, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2014

On our last full day in Canada we made a last visit to Sydney an came along the Ocean Discovery Centre. We didn't know what to expect and were pleasantly surprised. Amazing to see what's living in the local sea. The staff is very kind and like to tell about the things you can see. We enjoyed the visit.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2014

great great place for children of all ages. Interactive. at a great place to see other activities in Sidney

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