Scuba Claus at the Vancouver Aquarium

If you are looking for a unique Christmas experience, try a visit to the Vancouver Aquarium! Although Christmas is not the central aspect of any visit to the aquarium, the special touches all around the aquarium do make it an extra special time of year. 

From trees covered in jellyfish and sea stars (each one incredibly stunning) to the appearance of Scuba Claus at set times, it’s a real treat to pay a visit at this time of year. 

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Scuba Claus pays a visit to the aquarium to seek out some bells he has lost. My kids (5 and 2) were mesmerized by the experience, and loved the opportunity to go up to the tank and give Santa a high five after the little show. It was such a fun time! They talked about it for days after. 

Have you been to the Vancouver Aquarium during Christmas? We can’t wait to go again this year! 

Update: we went and it was lovely! Also fun was the 4D Experience of the Polar Express!! Great integration of sounds and smells and even some snow!

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Pacific Undersea Gardens in Victoria

Our first stop in Victoria a few weeks back was the Pacific Undersea Gardens, a vessel located in the Inner Harbour that takes visitors 15 feet beneath the ocean to series of aquariums around the vessel showcasing a variety of marine plants and animals in a natural but protected environment.

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You can stop and view marine life in the aquariums or stay for a dive show where a scuba diver will showcase the marine life in a scripted show. You can expect your visit to be 30-60 minutes in total.

Though not as large as the Vancouver aquarium, the Undersea Gardens offers a unique look at ocean life. Aiden loved the scuba diver!