Kids In Vancouver: Dive Into The Holidays With Scuba Claus

Scuba Claus | Photo: Vancouver Aquarium

Scuba Claus | Photo: Vancouver Aquarium

“I KNOW HIM!” Buddy The Elf isn’t the only Santa enthusiast who would shout with glee at the sight of Scuba Claus swimming alongside his favourite aquatic friends at the Vancouver Aquarium.

Come for the Claus, and stay for the aquatic-themed holiday festivities that light up Vancouver’s favourite tourist destination. Here are some of the ways you can dive into the holidays with some festive underwater fun.

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Kids In Vancouver: Dive Into The Holidays With Scuba Claus

Kids In Vancouver: Visit The New Otter Pups At The Aquarium

New Sea Otter Pup | Photo: Daniela Ruiz (Alaska Sea Life Center)

New Sea Otter Pup | Photo: Daniela Ruiz (Alaska SeaLife Center)

Vancouver visitors love to ogle the Vancouver Aquarium’s resident sea otters as they splash and dive in their centrally-located outdoor habitat. People just can’t seem to resist their adorably fluffy faces and perky demeanour. Over the years, visitors have gotten to know the personalities of each of the four sea otters who currently reside at the Vancouver Aquarium – one of North America’s leading facilities in sea otter care.

On November 1, 2016, the Vancouver Aquarium welcomed two new sea otter pups to their friendly brood of rescues, and the new residents have had quite the journey from their birthplace in Alaska. Learn more about why they’ve made the move, and chime in with your ideas on what the aquarium should name their new friends!

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Kids In Vancouver: Visit The New Otter Pups At The Aquarium

Learn about Sustainable Seafood at “From Boat to Table” at the Vancouver Aquarium

An Ocean Wise pink shrimp taco special at the Vancouver Aquarium; Sourced from the Vancouver Aquarium Facebook page

An Ocean Wise pink shrimp taco special at the Vancouver Aquarium; Sourced from the Vancouver Aquarium Facebook page

Vancouver is blessed with access to incredible fresh seafood, which can be enjoyed in restaurants around the city. Part of what makes our seafood culture so special is an increased willingness to make sustainability a priority, both in consciousness and in action.

November has been designated Ocean Wise month! In honour of this celebration, the Vancouver Aquarium and Vancouver Foodster’s Food Talks are presenting “From Boat to Table: The Sustainable Seafood Supply Chain,” a fun, interactive, and educational event on November 2, 2016.

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Learn about Sustainable Seafood at “From Boat to Table” at the Vancouver Aquarium

Celebrate Vancouver’s Shoreline at Water’s Edge Day on October 1

photo: Takaya Tours

photo: Takaya Tours

On October 1, join the waterfront celebration at the Vancouver Maritime Museum. Expect a full day of great activities for the entire family that explore the shoreline – all part of Water’s Edge Day. These include guided dragon boat tours, kayaking and First Nations canoe tours, arts and crafts workshops, touch tanks, children’s entertainers, live music, and entrance to the Museum. And it’s all FREE!

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Celebrate Vancouver’s Shoreline at Water’s Edge Day on October 1

Cute News Alert: Baby Sea Otter Coming to Vancouver Aquarium

vancouver aquarium sea otter

Image courtesy of Seattle Aquarium.

In today’s top story in the cutest news ever: a new baby sea otter will be joining the crew at the Vancouver Aquarium after being rescued and rehabilitated by the nearby Seattle Aquarium.

The stranded pup was discovered in early August, alone and starving on Rialto Beach, which is located on the outer coast of Washington state. He was only about three weeks old and incredibly thin and weak. Unlike the seals that seem to overpopulate our waters, sea otters are listed under the state of Washington as a threatened species.

The orphaned pup (now known as “Rialto”) will be moving to the Vancouver Aquarium as soon as he’s stable and the proper permits have been obtained.

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Cute News Alert: Baby Sea Otter Coming to Vancouver Aquarium

Kids In Vancouver: 7 Insta-Worthy Photos To Take At The Aquarium

Beluga Visit | Photo: Hello BC

Beluga Visit | Photo: BC Ferries Vacations

A visit to Vancouver isn’t complete without a trip to the world-famous Vancouver Aquarium, and while the destination has undergone many changes since its opening in 1956, the most popular photo spots seem to have remained the same.

The first public aquarium to open in Canada, and the largest aquarium in the country, Vancouver’s marine park has been expanded and enhanced over its 60 years in business. In 2014, Vancouver’s favourite tourist destination received a significant facelift, with an epic expansion that transformed the space into a next-level marine experience. With the latest updates, and the celebratory 60th anniversary memories sprinkled throughout the property, there are more reasons than ever to snap and share your favourite photos. Here are 7 photo spots that every Vancouver Aquarium visitor seems to love sharing on Instagram.

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Kids In Vancouver: 7 Insta-Worthy Photos To Take At The Aquarium

Explore Vancouver’s Coal Harbour: The 9 Best Attractions

photo: Jenn Chan Photography

photo: Jenn Chan Photography

populistPopulist is Vancouver’s cinematic city guide, showcasing everything that’s happening in the city through video – Your hub for where to go, what to do and who to see. Populist is run by Film and TV Producer, Rebecca Traub and Broadcast Journalist, Blanca Blandon (aka YinYang). Follow the fun at thisispopulist.com.

A picturesque residential area that boasts a multitude of high-rise condos and seemingly endless stretches of walkway and greenery, Coal Harbour. We may not all be able to afford to live in Coal Harbour, but luckily it doesn’t cost much to walk around and explore this luxury neighborhood where urban development intertwines with the beauty of nature.

Here’s our pick of must-see and do attractions in the area:

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Explore Vancouver’s Coal Harbour: The 9 Best Attractions