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Vancouver Aquarium: Fun for the Whole Family

It’s been years since I visited the Vancouver Aquarium and the Stanley Park Zoo which is no longer in circulation. It closed in 1997. I have so many childhood memories surrounding the zoo and aquarium: fun for the whole family for years growing up. 

Today was my first time going back to the Vancouver Aquarium. No remnants remain of the old zoo remain, but the Aquarium has taken on new life! Larger than it was before, housing over 500 different species of fish, snakes, frogs and mammals. I was super excited to go on this journey with Trace.

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I went with my son’s class to visit the Vancouver Aquarium. It was Trace’s first time going ever. He was so excited and had no idea what he’d see inside. I had three boys in my group. Their first stop the shark tank. 

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Walking around the Aquarium was lots of fun. The kids heads were on swivels with so much to see and do. We first went to check out Pacific Waters where we saw dozens of species of frogs and fish, all different kinds. We even saw a pregnant Sea Horse ready to give birth any day.

Trace saw Nemo, tons of underwater species of fish he’d never seen before. Each tank area with write ups the kids can read all about where the fish come from, what they eat and interesting facts for the kids to learn and enjoy.

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After that we headed to the Tropics. Being a woman and menopausal, I will tell you there is no way I could work in this area of the Aquarium. It was so bloody hot, but that’s to keep the animals in the climate they are use to. Above is a large piranha. Trace flipped out seeing it!

We saw a Cayman, beautiful snakes, though I will say some of their confinements made me sad as their tanks were way too small. We saw Parrots, which Trace loved and a sea of Turtles that appeared to be trying to climb on top of each other to escape he thinks. I don’t blame them, being that hot you’d want some fresh air. I even got to see Monkey’s and a Manta-Ray, plus a Sloth which I secretly wanted to take home with me in my back pack.

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One of the things I love about the Vancouver Aquarium is that despite what people think, animals not being taken care of. Many of these species of animals are on the verge of extinction. The Aquarium allows children to engage and interact in an educational and fun way, providing them with opportunities to learn and care about the fish and animals they live with and the environment. 

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Of course the boys wanted to see some mammals. So we headed up deck to take a peek at some Otters, a friendly and beautiful Beluga rescued, along with Daisy and Jack two Dolphins also rescued and a false killer whale. These mammals cannot be re-released into the wild. It would kill them, so the Aquarium provides larger than life tanks for them to explore and live.

Daisy and Jack put on a show (the Dolphins) and I have to tell you that they are incredible! They love performing, you can see it. Rewarded with fish and kisses by their trainers, the show was amazing for the kids to watch. 

2016-01-22 13.49.23We had such a great time at the Vancouver Aquarium. If you haven’t been, it’s worth it to take a day trip into the city and explore not only the Aquarium but the park surrounding it. Stanley Park is gorgeous rain or shine. It’s something your kids will definitely love. I know Trace did. He was tuckered out on the way home and fell asleep on the bus. 

How I Grew Up With The Stanley Park Zoo

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