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Ucluelet Aquarium

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This is the highlight of our trips to the West coast. The kids absolutely love spending time with... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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The staff was knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. Enjoyed reading and seeing the different... read more

Reviewed November 1, 2018
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The Ucluelet Aquarium is closed for the 2018 season. We will re-open on March 1st, 2019. See you then!
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180 Main Street, Ucluelet, British Columbia, Canada
+1 250-726-2782
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is the highlight of our trips to the West coast. The kids absolutely love spending time with all the marine organisms in the touch tanks and big pool. They learn so much! Note that the aquarium is closed between Dec 1-Mar 1 when all...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 1, 2018 via mobile

The staff was knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. Enjoyed reading and seeing the different fishes, crustaceans, and such they collect for viewing. What really impressed us was they collected locally and returned back to the ocean.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Lynn N
Reviewed October 25, 2018 via mobile

This aquarium is unlike any I’ve ever seen; every year they catch local fish, etc, early in the year and then release everything in November. The aquarium staff is super friendly and knowledgeable, and they have some exhibits where you can touch the fish, starfish,...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Norb G
Reviewed October 22, 2018 via mobile

Stopped by with family and 3 children. Kids had fun with the few small touch pools, though had questions about the creatures in them and there was no signage or explanation as to the animals. Kids had fun, good to explore for an hour or...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Livingtheslowlife
Reviewed October 20, 2018 via mobile

We heard about the aquarium from some locals. Very proud of the eco friendly nature of their catch and release aquarium. Foggy morning in Ucluelet so thought we would visit the aquarium waiting for the fog to burn off. It’s a small place. Lots of...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank yournamehereCanada
Reviewed October 12, 2018

The displays are all local and are "catch and release". They return all the animals to the ocean before winter. Lots of interesting displays. They have some that you can touch gently. Staff were friendly and knowledgable. A great way to spend a rainy morning.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank qhfemme
Reviewed October 3, 2018

A small aquarium with a big appeal. Enthusiastic staff (presumably marine biologists given their knowledge of the subject), and the opportunity to touch (some) of the creatures made it a great experience for kids and adults. Look out for the octopus.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank breoke
Reviewed October 2, 2018 via mobile

The staff were cool nice and helpful. The little signs and write ups were informative and interesting. A good variety of sea life to look at and was nice info to know later on when we were identifying sea stuff on our hikes in the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed September 30, 2018 via mobile

A wonderful, small & unassuming aquarium with many small basins filled with different marine creatures & great staff that explains how these animals interact grow and feed. Great for kids and for whoever is curious about what you are walking on, when you step into...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Robert S
Reviewed September 27, 2018

Well worth a visit particularly on a rainy day. Very friendly, helpful staff and many exhibits are hands on. Don't miss the giant pacific octopus!

Date of experience: September 2018
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October 19, 2016|
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Response from checkit | Reviewed this property |
The Ucluelet Aquarium is closed seasonally for general maintenance and re-collection of our species. We close in December and re-open again in mid March.
September 17, 2016|
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Response from Chico_Spark | Reviewed this property |
No pets allowed inside, unfortunately. Too easy for them to snag some fresh seafood from the open, low level aquariums.
April 9, 2016|
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Response from phrzzy | Reviewed this property |
From the website: Adult $14.00 (tax incl.) Child (4 - 17) $7.00 (tax incl.) Student/Senior $10.00 (tax incl.) Annual Family Pass $50.00 + tax Annual Adult Pass $25.00 + tax Annual Student/Senior Pass $20.00 + tax Annual... More
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Victoria, Canada
What's open in December? (4 Replies)
Our family is going to Tofino for 4 nights in December. I've been trying to pre-plan what we're going to do, besides walking on the beach, but it looks like a lot of things will be closed. The Ucluelet Aquarium closes for the season on December 7th. I would expect that Tacofino Cantina is probably closed for the winter since it's pretty much outdoors. Is it? Does anybody know what else may be closed?
October 10, 2013|
Response fromdragon_dreams|
Thanks! We're going from the 15th to the 19th.
Burlington, Canada
4 Days in Ucluelet (5 Replies)
Hi All, We're a family of 4 (18 and over) heading to Vancouver Island in a couple of weeks and have most of our trip plan thanks to the kind people on this forum. What we have left is 4 full days in Ucluelet and an afternoon and evening in Vancouver. Since our time in Vancouver is so short, I'm thinking we'll walk the Seawalk in Stanley Park and possibly take the shuttle to Capillano Bridge. If there's anywhere more specific along the Seawalk or even a memorable restaurant,...More
August 02, 2018|
Response fromtraysunshine|
Thank you cbaarch!
Mary Lou B
Ucluelet Itinerary (9 Replies)
We are in the early stages of planning an 11 to 14 day trip to Vancouver Island for the beginning of September 2014. We will spend 3 or 4 days in Victoria then travel by car to Uclulet. We have tentative plans to hike a few easy to moderate trails such as the Wild Pacific Trail, Pacific Rim National Park Trails, and The Rainforest Boardwalk. We may also visit the Ucluelet Aquarium. We've read about the Broken Group Islands and are looking forward to a boat tour. It seems both Archipelago...More
August 25, 2013|
Response fromcbaarch|
hi consider the pacific rim national park reserve as being book ended by Eucluelet and Tofino a 40 km stretch with lots to do in the park and at each end so do not limit yourselft to the Eucluelet end. For a great walk Long Beach, 16 km wide is a must, there are 3 access points each one giving a different perspective. The national park pass is good till 4 pm the next day so if you buy correctly you save a day.