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Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre Sidney

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Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre
9811 Seaport Place
Sidney
BC
V8L4X3
Tel: 250-665-7511

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The Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre showcases the extraordinary marine life in the waters surrounding the Gulf Islands. From plankton to Puget Sound King crabs, wolf eels to giant Pacific octopus, the vast aquatic exhibits fascinate visitors of all ages.
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    I think this place is worth the price if you get the annual pass, have young children, and take advantage of any talks or programs they have. If you are an adult or have teenagers and just want to go once, I don't think its worth the price. Their staff are knowledgeable and eager to talk with you about what you see, however, the center could really use more write ups with info beside the tanks. The pool at the end that kids could get their hands in is a highlight. With a 2 and 4 year old it took us about an hour to go through (that included looking...Read More

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    A little expensive but you can see why when you go in. It'd be a shame if such a place struggled with funding. The owners probably just need to add more value with guided tours. Lots of hands-on opportunities with the sea life as well as great aquariums.

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    This aquarium is a must see, especially for children, as this group is the primary focus group. The animals are all indigenous, and collected from nearby in the Salish Sea. The display habitats are very well maintained, and the volunteers are friendly, knowledgeable, and dedicated. It is heartwarming and encouraging to see the children frequenting the Touch Pool, and to read their “Commitments to care for … “ our shared marine environments. It is sad that there is a persistent misbelief that the aquarium is “sponsored by a big company”....Read More

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    We paid $60 for our family and it took us about 15 minutes to walk through the aquarium and that's because we were going so slow. I could not believe that there were only several aquarium tanks. According to Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre, they say they have hundreds of fish. But I think they counted all the 2 inch fish in one of the tanks. We were very very disappointed because paying $60 for 15 minutes is not what we thought we were going to get. We thought that if they were so expensive; then, this aquarium must be enormous. In addition, they say...Read More

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    This is nice.... but not for the price! Like another poster said, it's really, really small. 15 minutes would be a stretch, and it's like $15 per adult. Then they have the gall to have donation boxes at the exit too. Really? Really? After how much you charge just to get in?
    Not worth your time or money. Well, if it were 1/5 the cost, maybe, just maybe if I happened to be in the area.

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by Mary-Anne L

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I think this place is worth the price if you get the annual pass, have young children, and take advantage of any talks or programs they have. If you are an adult or have teenagers and just want to go once, I don't think its worth the price. Their staff are knowledgeable and eager to talk with you about what you see, however, the center could really use more write ups with info beside the tanks. The pool at the end that kids could get their hands in is a highlight. With a 2 and 4 year old it took us about an hour to go through (that included looking around, sitting in for a talk on sharks, and spending time at the touch pool.)

by Kim Mann

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This aquarium is a must see, especially for children, as this group is the primary focus group. The animals are all indigenous, and collected from nearby in the Salish Sea. The display habitats are very well maintained, and the volunteers are friendly, knowledgeable, and dedicated. It is heartwarming and encouraging to see the children frequenting the Touch Pool, and to read their “Commitments to care for … “ our shared marine environments. It is sad that there is a persistent misbelief that the aquarium is “sponsored by a big company”. This is not true. The aquarium is a “not for profit” organization. Maintaining such a facility is a huge financial challenge. The fact is that the Shaw family graciously made a significant one-time contribution that enabled the aquarium to finally open its front doors five years ago this summer.

by Liana D

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We paid $60 for our family and it took us about 15 minutes to walk through the aquarium and that's because we were going so slow. I could not believe that there were only several aquarium tanks. According to Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre, they say they have hundreds of fish. But I think they counted all the 2 inch fish in one of the tanks. We were very very disappointed because paying $60 for 15 minutes is not what we thought we were going to get. We thought that if they were so expensive; then, this aquarium must be enormous. In addition, they say they have 17 tanks - they counted the ten tiny, 2 feet diameter fish tanks as well.

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