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Experience a fun and engaging school field trip

As a leader in Marine Mammal Rescue for over 60 years and an accredited member of AZA and CAZA, it is a unique and engaging field trip for students from Kindergarten to Grade 12. Bring your schools into an experience over 65,000 amazing animals at Vancouver Aquarium! See splashing sea lions, come face-to-face with a clever octopus and watch adorable sea otters play as you explore 120 incredible exhibits. Immerse yourself in our latest 4D Experience®.

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Booking, Cancellations & Date Changes

Booking, Cancellations & Date Changes

To book your School Group, please fill out a Field Trip Booking Request Form at least 14 days in advance. You do not need to confirm this order and being booked does not mean you are committed to this visit. Should you wish to cancel, let us know via your confirmation email. There is no penalty to cancel but should you do so, please note that cancellations are irreversible.

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Arrival & Payment

Arrival & Payment

Send the group leader ONLY to the ticket window to CHECK-IN. Provide your final headcount and one lump sum payment, using one tender type. Accepted tender types: Cash & Credit Card. Not accepted: Cheque & Debit card.

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What To Expect During Your Visit

What To Expect During Your Visit

The Vancouver Aquarium is set up to do self-directed visits ONLY, as we have not built up our Education Department post Covid. It is our goal to return to full programming but want to ensure we do it in a thoughtful, sustainable way.

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School Trip Ticketing Information


Grades K-7 Grades 8-12 Chaperones
$15 including tax $20 including tax 1 Free Chaperone for every 5 paying students


*In order to qualify for these rates, groups must have a minimum of 20 paying people and a valid school or school district email address when submitting your group request.

Students or adults with an active Vancouver Aquarium membership can use it for entry. Please just provide membership # at arrival.

Only BC Schools K-12 qualify for these discounted rates. If your group falls outside of these parameters, please consider the following booking options:

  1. Groups of 20 or more paying guests can receive an admission discount for self-directed visits with the following requirements:
    • Must book no later than 14 days ahead of desired visit date at this link: General Group Form
    • Must have a minimum of 20 paying people (paying age starts at 3 years)
    • Discount is approximately 10% off retail
  2. Groups of LESS than 20 paying guests, or within 14 days of arrival would purchase online tickets at retail rates here 
    • The Vancouver Aquarium employs “Plan Ahead Pricing”, which means the earlier the purchase, the better the rate
    • These savings can be up to 20%, depending on the day you visit

We do not have storage space for group belongings. We do have small lockers that teachers can use, but they are limited.

Most groups use school buses whenever possible. If you are taking public transit, the #19 bus comes into Stanley Park, and then you will need to walk to the entrance (about a 5 min walk). If you are driving, please note that the Vancouver Park Board has implemented pay parking throughout Stanley Park, and they do monitor the lot consistently. View Lot Details. It is NOT managed by the Vancouver Aquarium, and we have no control over the rates, etc.

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