The largest aquarium in Canada just got a whole lot bigger.
On Friday, June 13, the newly expanded Vancouver Aquarium opens its doors to the public for the first time. The opening marks the completion of the first, ambitious phase of an update slated to continue over the next several years. The addition nearly doubles the aquarium’s gallery space and includes a number of high-tech upgrades.
The first thing visitors will notice is the dramatic new entryway (along with Bill Reid’s iconic orca statue, now back after two years in storage). The facade’s new iridescent cladding changes colour from blue to green, much like the scales of a fish. In addition, the entrance features 2.4-square-meter LED video displays glowing behind a film of tumbling water.