Visiting the Vancouver Aquarium This Holiday Season {Giveaway}

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The magic of the holiday season has arrived at the Vancouver Aquarium. Be sure to schedule a visit and enjoy the beautiful decorations, festive trees and and a special appearance by underwater Scuba Claus!

Here some reasons why you should visit the Vancouver Aquarium this winter:

The Polar Express, a multi-sensory 4-D theatre experience

Climb aboard The Polar Express, a multi-sensory 4-D theatre experience that takes you through mountains and hilltops to snow-covered plains, all on a beloved holiday train to the North Pole. Prepare to be wowed as this favourite festive film engages your senses through scent, sight, sound and touch.

Lots of fun for the kids. My 5-year-old loved it and we ended up watching the full film at home that same night!

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Scuba Claus Dives

Who doesn’t love a visit from Santa Claus? With a wink of his eye and a twist of his head, Scuba Claus appears for daily dives in the Canada’s Arctic gallery with beluga whales Aurora and Qila, as well as dives in the Strait of Georgia exhibit. The kids were delighted to see Scuba Claus! (video from our own visit below).

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Festive Decorations Including Electric Eel/Tree Exhibit

Don’t miss the holiday tree and its shimmering lights sparked by the resident electric eel.  Tofino-based artist Pete Clarkson also returns to Vancouver Aquarium to build a holiday marine debris tree. The towering tree is an impressive demonstration of trash becoming treasure. A must see for all!

Scuba Claus dives daily until December 24, with all other holiday displays at the Vancouver Aquarium continuing until January 3, 2016. Vancouver Aquarium is open 365 days a year, including statutory holidays. For more information, and dive schedules, please visit

Sharing Our Vancouver Aquarium Visit!


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Win it: One very lucky Canadian reader will win a Beluga Whale Aquadopt Kit from the Vancouver Aquarim. The Aquadopt Kits are symbolic adoptions that come with a certificate of adoption, fact booklet, collector card and plush toy. It’s a great, feel-good gift with proceeds going towards the care of the animals. ($55 value!) Enter to WIN via Rafflecopter below. Good Luck All!


Disclosure: I was given a media tour to help facilitate this post,  this is however not a paid post and all opinions and views on this post are 100% my own.

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Angela V

Founder and Writer at One Smiley Monkey blog
Hi, my name is Angela van Tijn and I live in Vancouver, Canada with my wonderful husband, our two boys and our puppy. I am the founder and primary contributor behind One Smiley Monkey. Welcome to my blog!

41 responses to “Visiting the Vancouver Aquarium This Holiday Season {Giveaway}”

  1. My fav animals at the aquarium are the otters! I could watch them spin and play for hours:)

  2. Since the addition of the penguins, definitely the penguins!

  3. We love the sea otter!


  5. I like seeing the fish

  6. well, the jellyfish were a popular one in this house

  7. We love to see the sharks at the aquarium. It’s as close as I could get without freaking out so it’s wonderful to be able to see them.

  8. love the penquins and otters.

  9. I love to see the dolphins

  10. the otters are super cute!

  11. My favorite animal at the aquarium are the otters,they always amaze me

  12. I love turtles.

  13. I love seeing the jellyfish. They look so beautiful. The belugas are my favourite though. I love the aquadopt program! It’s a pretty perfect gift, especially for kids who have everything or for the kids who are getting a bit older but not old enough for teen ‘toys’ yet.

  14. I love the penguins

  15. the starfish!

  16. I love to watch the sea turtles swim

  17. I want to see the sea otters.

  18. The Dolphins are our favourite – they are so wonderful!

  19. I love the Vancouver Aquarium. I love seeing the otters — they are so cute.

  20. i really like dolphins.

  21. I love seeing the penguins!

  22. The sea otters are super fun to watch.

  23. i like the otters

  24. I’d definitely say dolphins!

  25. I love watching the sea otters

  26. The sea otters.

  27. I love seeing the otters

  28. I like seeing the octopus.

  29. I’ve never been to the Vancouver Aquarium but I have nephew in Victoria, I love watching the otters at the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas in New Orleans!

  30. I like to see sting rays

  31. My son would love this soooooo much-he is obsessed with dolphins and got to see them and the belugas on our first trip to marine land this past summer. We have been to the Toronto aquarium and the sting rays were loved-we even got to touch them.

  32. I love the sting rays and my daughter likes the otters.

  33. I like the dolphins

  34. I like the Beluga!

  35. I like seeing the sea otters and the sea horses.

  36. The sea otters are always a big hit with our family.

  37. I just love to see the dolphins 🙂

  38. the sea turtles and the whales, of course I love to see them all… love it!

  39. I like to see the crazy sea otters

  40. The sea lions!

  41. I love going to aquariums, I find them fascinating, especially the ones with a tunnel through. so that you can see all of the different species in close up 🙂

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