During Your Visit

Take in the sights,

sounds and great service

Maximize your visit with these on-site services and amenities. From cafés to the gift shop to accessibility resources, we’ve covered the details so you can go with the flow.

Quick info


Enjoy delicious sustainable food

Gift Shop

Find keepsakes for all ages


Amenities for everyone


Plan your adventure

Please note: The Vancouver Aquarium has paused all on-site public programming and temporarily closed to the public while we focus on transformation. Read more


Amenities and services

Some services and amenities will not be available at re-opening. Thank you for your understanding.

If you have any specific needs or questions you would like answered, please let us know before your visit by emailing us at [email protected] or calling us at 604-659-3400 and ask to speak with the Duty Manager.


Making the aquatic world accessible

We want everyone to enjoy visiting the Vancouver Aquarium.

Food and Beverage

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Scrumptious and sustainable bites

The Vancouver Aquarium is a non-profit organization; our earned revenues, such as those earned from our Café, directly support our education, conservation and research initiatives.

Open daily from 10am to 6pm

Ocean Wise Cafe

Open during the summer months, our café located just outside the Aquarium entrance in Stanley Park is open to all park visitors, no admission to the Aquarium required. Open daily from 10am to 6pm

Pick up daily from 10am to 5pm

Picnic in the Park!

NEW! Pre-order the perfect picnic basket and pick it up on-site at the Aquarium to enjoy before or after your visit. Our delicious baskets are complete with mini scones, a salad, choice of sandwiches, wraps or bowls, desserts and drinks.

Temporarily Closed

Courtyard Café

Courtyard Café is located just inside the Aquarium entrance, adjacent to the Ocean Courtyard. Visit this café for burgers, sandwiches, salads, coffee, daily specials and more. Indoor seating is available, or you can enjoy your meal outside.


Sustainability at our cafés



Vancouver’s Water is Better on Tap. We only offer Vancouver’s tap water at the Aquarium – it comes filtered, fresh from the mountains, and is safe to drink. You’ll find dispensers throughout the building – enjoy!



Serving it to you warm, while keeping our kitchen cool. Our kitchen appliances are connected to an energy-efficient exchange loop that redistributes heat throughout the building. We save energy by using the heat already produced in our café to warm galleries like the Amazon.



We only serve shade grown, organic coffee. Buying shade grown ensures our coffee grows under the shade of the rainforest canopy, preventing deforestation, and protecting animals like our Goeldi Monkeys.


Food to feed

Our cafe donates overripe produce to our Amazon animals. Softer fruits that are too ripe for Café guests are perfect for animals like bats who prefer the softer flesh. This prevents perfectly nutritious food from going to waste, and supports our efforts to eliminate waste.



All dishware and food waste is composted, and turned into Class A compost that is used to grow certified organic alfalfa and hops in the Lower Mainland.



We only feed our guests Ocean Wise recommended seafood to ensure that our seafood is harvested in a method that ensures limited bycatch on non-target and endangered species, and that populations are abundant and resilient.


Say no to straws

Straws hurt wildlife. But relax because we don’t use them. We have many onsite single-use plastic elimination and plastic research programs.

Gift shop

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Leave the Aquarium with unique gifts

Our Gift Shop offers fun and memorable aquatic-themed gifts for all ages. As a non-profit organization, your purchases directly fund our education, conservation and research initiatives. Due to COVID-19 restriction the store will have limited capacity. There are several options for you to enjoy your shopping experience.


Visitor map

View our visitor map to see where all exhibits and amenities are located.

Need more information?

View our visitor FAQ or email us.

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