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Victoria Bug Zoo

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Address: 631 Courtney St, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1B8, Canada
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+1 250-384-2847
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11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The Victoria Bug Zoo opened its doors in 1997 and has been showing visitors...

The Victoria Bug Zoo opened its doors in 1997 and has been showing visitors of downtown Victoria our awe-inspiring bugs ever since. A visit to this must-see mini zoo offers an excellent opportunity to view and experience live tropical bugs from around the world. All the animals are alive and in tanks.

Discover roughly 50 fascinating species including giant walking sticks, beautiful praying mantis, glow-in-the-dark scorpions, hairy tarantulas, and Canada’s largest ant colony. Knowledgeable tour guides will introduce you to the wonderful world of bugs, give a wealth of information about the animals on display, and provide a safe bug handling experience for the more adventurous. You can choose the level of interaction you have with our friendly animals. Don’t forget your camera to document this unique experience! The displays are ever changing so come in and be amazed by the extensive collection of invertebrates from around the world any time of the year.

This stop is sure to thrill everyone; from children, adults, bug-lovers to even the more skeptical visitors! Tours always in progress, so no matter when you come, you are always right on time.

Don’t miss this unforgettable, hands-on adventure while in Victoria, BC!

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This spot is educational and neat - showcases many insects and creepy crawlies. Some of them you can hold, if you're brave enough.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Victoria, Canada
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Victoria, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This spot is educational and neat - showcases many insects and creepy crawlies. Some of them you can hold, if you're brave enough.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Our family went to Victoria for a couple hours specifically for the Bug Zoo, even with a "Daily Deal" it's as expensive. (I'd like to see family discounts so more people could afford to go..). Overall, we all loved the experience within the two rooms. The tour guide was very knowledgeable & friendly!! Thanks for the unique adventure!! ***The front... More 

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Saint-Maxime-du-Mont-Louis, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I took my two grandchildren aged 4 and 7 here and we all enjoyed it. The facility is well maintained. My grandchildren were able to hold quite a few of the bugs and we stayed there for 2 1/2 hours!! They have a tour almost continuously going and so you just join the tour whenever you get there. The material... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

took my brother there when he visited from Ontario. its 2 small rooms with very few bugs. not worth the money they charge. ok if you have small kids and want to kill 15 minutes

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I like the bug zoo experience as my background is in science and well, even if I was not into science, I'd still find this place pretty interesting. There are lots of bugs and such that have a very interesting existence and this is so fun to watch.

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Winnipeg, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 14, 2016

Had a thoroughly enjoyable visit to this unique shop. Staff very knowledgable and even had a chance to handle some of the insects. Could have spent longer but had some other places to visit.

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Arlington, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2016

This place is amazing. Here is a unique opportunity to get up and personal with some of the most fascinating insects on Earth. In some instances, you can hold them, in others, the habits are at eye level so you can easily see into them. The Staff is all around to teach you about these creatures - their habits, their... More 

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Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2016

Kids and adults will Love this wonderful learning zoo, with hands on handling of some of the bugs. the tour guides are very informative and display bugs from around the world

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Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2016

If you have children this is a great place to take them. You here lots of comments from the small folk. Lots to see. So very many different critters.

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Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2016

You're guaranteed to learn something new after visiting the bug museum. They hold daily tours by very knowledgable and professional guides. There's so much to see and sometimes they even let you hold the critters!

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