Back by popular demand, Inside Vancouver has relaunched the โFeatured Attraction of the Weekโ series. Each Monday weโll be featuring a different Vancouver attraction and will be giving away free tickets to our readers. To be eligible, all you have to do is post a comment.
They are the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre, a not-for-profit aquarium dedicated to the exploration of the spectacular Salish Sea.
Located in Sidney, BC, their 10,000 square foot aquarium is a state of the art facility housing dozens of colorful subaquatic habitats teeming with marine life from local coastal waters, and is one of the top tourist stops on Vancouver Island! Their philosophy is โhands on, hands wetโ, which is why they created a live touch pool area where visitors are encouraged to shake hands with a starfish or tickle a spiny sea urchin. People of all ages are invited to explore every aspect of the Salish Sea at the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre, from tiny micro plankton to a Great Pacific Octopus, and get a face-to-fish look at hundreds of species of invertebrates and marine flora. Come join them for a trip to the seafloor and discover all of the wonders that lie beneath the surface of the Salish Sea!
To find out more about the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre, including information on school programs, facility rentals, and their monthly lecture series, please visit www.oceandiscovery.ca.
9811 Seaport Pl
Sidney, BC V8L 4X3
Hours: Open 7 days a week from 10am to 4pm (General Admission; after-hours facility rental available)
From the Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal: Follow the Pat Bay Hwy (BC17-N) for approximately 5 km until you reach the Beacon Ave intersection. Take a left onto Beacon Ave and follow all the way until the roundabout (approx. 1km) At the roundabout, take the third exit to Seaport Rd and use the underground parking for the Sidney Pier Hotel.
From the Airport: Head south on Kittyhawk Rd toward Dakota Rd. Turn right onto Willingdon Rd and follow until you reach W. Saanich. Take a right onto W Saanich Rd, then a right onto Mills Rd. Follow Mills all the way to the four way stop where youโll take a right onto McDonald Park Rd. Follow this road, which becomes Beacon, through the intersection with the highway and on through the town. At the end of the road youโll reach a roundabout, take the third exit onto Seaport Pl. There is parking below the Sidney Pier Hotel.
From Downtown Victoria: Head North on Pat Pay Hway (BC17-N) for approximately 25km until you reach the intersection for Beacon Ave. Take a right off of the highway onto Beacon Ave and follow all the way until the end where youโll find a roundabout. Take the third exit off of the roundabout, onto Seaport Pl. Parking is available under the Sidney Pier Hotel.
|We have a Premium Family Membership for the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre to give away! The membership includes:
All you have to do is post a comment below and we’ll randomly select a winner at noon on Friday, October 19th and notify the winner by email.
Updated Friday, October 19th: Congratulations K! Your comment was randomly selected and you are the winner of a Premium Family Membership to the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre. Please check your inbox for further details on how to go about claiming your prize. Thank you to everyone who posted a comment this week. Don’t forget to check back next Monday for our latest Featured Attraction of the Week giveaway!