Exhibit / BC Coast

Treasures of the B.C. coast

Travel from serene sand flats to swaying kelp beds to wave-swept rocks. The British Columbia coast boasts a great diversity of habitats and a variety species that have adapted to these unique areas.


A variety of ecosystems, one coastline

Learn about the habitats of the B.C. coast and the animals that live there as well as the conservation and research initiatives we’ve taken to learn about and help protect our aquatic front yard. You’ll find oozing hagfish, voracious seastars and iconic B.C. animals such as rockfish and octopus.


Diving with cold-water corals

Meet the lumpsucker

Field notes: Howe Sound

How we help

Creating a world in which oceans are healthy and flourishing

The Vancouver Aquarium is an Ocean Wise initiatiave. Our mission is to inspire the global community to become Ocean Wise by increasing its understanding, wonder and appreciation for our oceans.


Ocean Wise Seafood

Overfishing is one of the greatest threats our oceans are facing today. The Ocean Wise seafood program helps to ensure that ocean life will be abundant for generations to come.


Plastic Wise

Ocean Wise is tackling the global crisis of plastic waste in our ocean. We’re conducting groundbreaking science to understand the problem and seeking bold solutions to address plastic pollution.



Since 1956, our researchers have been conducting original studies of animals and ecosystems both in the ocean and on site in order to advance our knowledge and enhance environmental conservation.

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