Ucluelet Aquarium

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Ucluelet Aquarium
4.5
Speciality Museums
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10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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We are closed for the season, check back on March 1st, 2022! The Ucluelet Aquarium is a catch-and-release aquarium dedicated to raising awareness and respect for the local ocean environment.
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Jen H
Vancouver, Canada148 contributions
Couples
The aquarium may be small, but it sure packs a punch! The building sits right on the waterline and uses the inlet water to feed the display tanks. All the exhibits are released at the end of the season, ensuring the animals are returned to their natural habitats! I’ve never seen such an aquarium before but I am 100% behind their mission.

The staff are super friendly and knowledgeable, and they’re obviously passionate about their work. Oh, and if you go this season, they have a beautiful giant pacific octopus!

Would recommend to anyone who wants to learn about the life on our coast in a sustainable way!
Written April 5, 2022
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Annie B
Norfolk, UK179 contributions
We'd never been to a catch-and-release aquarium before, but loved the concept and spent a very interesting hour here at Ucluelet Aquarium.
The staff were enthusiastic and informative and we learned so much. Local businesses and families sponsor individual tanks - there was a great feeling of a community pulling together to create this wonderful place. Lots of low tanks for children to experience the visit fully.
Would definitely recommend!
Written June 13, 2022
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Islandman67
Nanaimo, Canada8 contributions
We often come to Ucluelet in the off season, when the Aquarium is closed - almost all the plants and animals are returned to their natural homes sea annually - an interesting concept. We had heard good things about it so decided to visit this time. It exceeded our expectations. The displays are just excellent, showing incredibly diverse creatures that make up the undersea environment. The staff are knowledgeable and friendly. A great non-profit, community educational organization.
Written August 1, 2021
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spud0018
Mississauga, Canada690 contributions
Small little aquarium - while it's cool that this is a catch and release aquarium, I don't think it's worth the admission charged. No touching allowed. Quite small so you circle the same exhibits a couple times and then you're done. Did see some cool things though.
Written August 2, 2022
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Luz G
Vancouver, Canada3 contributions
Worth giving it a try on a rainy day :) it is always good to learn new things. They give marine life a second chance when needed under habitat-like conditions. You'll see water coming out of the building right into the ocean.
Written July 29, 2021
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Lemonss
Vancouver, Canada41 contributions
It was rainy one day, so we decided to take the kids to the aquarium, which is a catch and release facility. It's small, but lots to see and explore. The staff encouraged discussion and questions from their patrons. We had a great time at the Ucluelet Aquarium.
Written August 15, 2021
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CourtneyJB92
Calgary, Canada24 contributions
Friends
I’ve always been skeptical of aquaria because as an ocean conservationist I prefer to see animals in their natural habitat as opposed to in tanks. This aquarium was wonderful because they have a “collect and release” attitude whereby the animals are collected at the beginning of the season, and released to their original locations at the end of the season. They also pump water straight in from the ocean, through the tanks, and back out to the ocean so the animals have as normal an environment as possible. I love this! The animals were so beautiful and well taken care of, and the staff were helpful and knowledgeable. Megan was working at the time and she and I got on really well - she was so friendly and clearly enthusiastic about where she worked and about ocean life. Would definitely recommend!
Written September 16, 2020
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jessica28
Victoria, Canada117 contributions
Couples
We were very impressed with the aquarium. It went above our expectations! The staff are knowledgeable and friendly, they love answering any questions you may have. The really neat thing about this aquarium is that everything is released back into the ocean. I have lived on the island for over 20 years and didn’t know MANY of the facts about our own oceans and it’s incredible wildlife. I would highly recommend this to people of all ages. Make sure to ask questions!
Written July 1, 2020
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Nik M
21 contributions
We appreciated the staff, enjoyed the displays, appreciated the catch-and-release model, bought gifts at the shop. I would like to see a bit more conservation and ecology signage. What are the roles of the creatures in the ecosystems? What do they need to thrive? What about human impacts? What can people do?
It's big enough that there's lots to see, and small enough for a 1 hour visit and so that it's not overwhelming. The temperate oceans off the west coast have so much diversity that we don't hear about.
Written September 22, 2020
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Julie O
60 contributions
Couples
We went to the aquarium after a half day kayak trip in Ucluelet harbor. This aquarium was so wonderful. While it is small in size compared to many more well known aquariums, it felt “doable” and had amazing access to beautifully kept tanks. You could look at the various sized tanks at your own leisurely pace…no big crowds, no distracted crying kids. It is filled with the most interesting marine life that is found in abundance in these cold British Columbian waters. So many colorful and unusual invertebrates to see and learn about. There are several young tour guides walking about the aquarium, answering questions and pointing out all kinds of interesting creatures. Their enthusiasm, obvious love of everything to do with the ocean, and level of expertise was really, really fun and inspiring.
Free parking, clean bathrooms, cute little gift shop. And, of course, the whole concept of returning and freeing all these marine wonders, splendors, and oddities back to their ocean home is beyond wonderful.
Written June 21, 2022
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  • Wed - Mon 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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