Featured Attraction of the Week: Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

photo: Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre

Back by popular demand, Inside Vancouver has relaunched the “Featured Attraction of the Week” series. Each Monday we’ll 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 ‘hands on, hands wet’, 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.

Contact Info:
9811 Seaport Pl
Sidney, BC V8L 4X3
Email: info@oceandiscovery.ca
Phone: 250-665-7511
Hours: Open 7 days a week from 10am to 4pm (General Admission; after-hours facility rental available)

Getting Here:
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 you’ll 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 you’ll 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 you’ll 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:

  • A full year of unlimited free admission to the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre for two adults;
  • Free admission to Floating Ideas Lecture Series;
  • Special member-only hours quarterly with behind the scenes tours;
  • 15% discount on merchandise;
  • Two Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre Member decals;
  • Quarterly e-newsletter;
  • Two distinctive Sea Star pins for your lapel;
  • Invitation to various Oceaneer enrichment evenings;
  • A full year of unlimited free admission for children or grandchildren aged 3 to 17 (names must be provided at time of signing up and they’ll be provided with annual passes);
  • Four free passes

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!

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26 Responses to Featured Attraction of the Week: Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

  1. margaret

    Live in Victoria and will go all the time! I’ve only walked around the outside, the tidepool, and it looks amazing!!!! i

    • Tim Lu

      Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre really bring people from local or visitor more closer to ocean animals, and nice design and all age friendly. So nice!! ^_^

  2. Kyle davidson

    Never been and would love to go!

  3. Rachel Xi

    I’d love to go!

  4. Bett

    We are so lucky to live in BC

  5. Alice Shiau

    I SHAW would love to win!!!

  6. grace

    havent been to victoria in so long. would love to visit this aquarium!

  7. jennifer

    looks like a great place to spend some quality family time!

  8. K

    pick me!

  9. sonya

    I’m a biology nerd! I would love to go…

  10. Mark

    This is awesome!

  11. Robert

    This place looks cool. I want to go!

  12. Didn’t even know this place existed, sounds great! Would love to check it out!

  13. Jess

    My family has never heard of this place and it sounds amazing!

  14. LC


  15. Jessie

    I’d love to go!

  16. Nicole Binning

    I would love to go!!

  17. Lena

    I love going to new/different places around Vancouver :)

  18. Carmen

    It looks amazing! I hope I will be picked!

  19. Flora

    I would love to go. I’ve never been!

  20. k

    have always wanted to go, never have (yet!)

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  22. Michelle K

    Been there once and my daughter loved it. Would lI’ve to take her again.

  23. Kristy W

    A visit to the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre was one of the first family vacations we ever went on. It holds a special place in our heart. As well as my son sleeps with a stuffy sting-ray that he got from the gift shop so we are reminded daily of our wonderful trip!

  24. Nancy

    looks amazing!!

  25. Ron

    I like fish :)