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The Vancouver Aquarium is home to thousands of incredible ocean species and amazing aquatic life. Since opening in 1956, the Vancouver Aquarium has connected more than 40 million people from around the world to our oceans and all the wonders within them.

The Vancouver Aquarium was formed as the Vancouver Public Aquarium Association in 1951. We were officially Canada’s first public aquarium and opened on June 15, 1956. Today, there are approximately 48 aquariums in North America, only a few of which are in Canada. Worldwide, the number of aquariums has grown to more than 200.

The founding principles of the Vancouver Aquarium have been to attain the highest possible standard of animal care within a top-notch facility that provides an informative and educational guest experience. In 1975, we became the first aquarium accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). In 1987, we were also accredited by Canada’s Accredited Zoos and Aquariums (CAZA) and were designated Canada’s Pacific National Aquarium by the Canadian Federal Government. In 2016 the Vancouver Aquarium was among the first in the world to achieve Humane Certification from American Humane.