About the Aquarium
The Vancouver Aquarium (also known as Vanaqua) is located in the heart of Stanley Park, and is the largest aquarium in all of Canada. Since it opened on June 15, 1956, it has been operating as a non-profit organization; the mission of the aquarium is aquatic life conservation, education, research and action. Staffed by naturalists, the Vancouver aquarium homes and supports some of the most exquisite marine life in the world. The Vancouver Aquarium also has the title of being Canada’s first public Aquarium, and in 2006, a 51 cent stamp was issued by Canada Post to commemorate its 50th birthday.
Not only is the aquarium a not-for-profit operation, it also receives no government funding. The property the aquarium is located on, however, is owned by the city, and leased out at $40,000 per year. Initially, the yearly fee was only $1, but as the revenue and popularity grew, the city felt an increase would be necessary.
Vancouver Aquarium Facts
The aquarium covers roughly 9,000 square meters of land, and has a close to 9.5 million litres of water throughout its 150+ displays. The facility contains several notable galleries, including the Pacific Canada Pavilion, Arctic Canada, The Wild Coast, Treasures of BC Coast, Tropic Zone, Amazon Rainforest, Discovery Education Centre, and the Canaccord Exploration Gallery.
With over 30,000 invertebrates, close to 300 species of fish, more than 55 types of amphibians and reptiles, the Vancouver aquarium offers a wide spectrum of marine life. On top of this, there are roughly 60 mammals and birds in the aquarium too.
There have been concerns over the years about what types of animals and aquatic life that the aquarium should, and shouldn’t be responsible for. However, with all this talk, the Vancouver Aquarium has not slowed down, and has recently expanded its location further.