Image may be subject to copyright
Image may be subject to copyright
Image may be subject to copyright
Image may be subject to copyright
Image may be subject to copyright

Ucluelet Aquarium

A Personal View of Fish in Clayoquot and Barkley Sounds

Whale Watching

The Ucluelet Aquarium is the premier location in Ucluelet, British Columbia, to get an up-close and personal look at the local marine biodiversity and the ocean environment in the Vancouver islands. They host many exhibits, including tide pools, where you can interact with the sea-life. Some animals central to the presentations are various rockfish, crabs, bivalves feather duster worms, pipefish, sea pen, and sea anemones.

Most species are collected by scuba divers by hand during low tide while other specific species are removed from nets, and all other species are returned to the sea. Aside from the juvenile freshwater salmon, specimens are collected from the nearby Pacific Ocean and are seasonally released back to their environment.

The aquarium, as it is today, was opened on June 29, 2001, and has been entertaining and educating guests ever since garnishing much support from locals and visitors alike. They've received support from the Canadian government, who provided $270,000 to help them continue their mission and research to improve local ecosystems and broaden their understanding of the wildlife in the area. As an effort to maintain their dedication to the local wildlife, they've incorporated the latest in sustainable green technology, which they showcase to visitors to help them understand how to obtain energy efficiency in their homes successfully.

They're leading some of the best environmental programs in the world. For example, they conduct radiation sampling where they're participating in the research study with InForm and the University of Victoria to understand the effects of radioactivity in the ocean and how to protect marine life throughout the world. They're also currently assisting the Strawberry Isle Marine Research Society to research sea star wasting syndrome, which has plagued the species worldwide.

Their work and research on marine wildlife is a true testament to their dedication to the preservation of ocean ecosystems and their inhabitants.


Educated team

We were very impressed with the aquarium. It went above our expectations! The staff are knowledgeable and friendly, they love answering any questions you may have. The really neat thing about this aquarium is that everything is released back into the ocean. I have lived on the island for over 20 years and didn't know MANY of the facts about our own oceans and it's incredible wildlife. I would highly recommend this to people of all ages. Make sure to ask questions!

-jessica28, Trip Advisor

All local species that are returned to the sea

This is not a big venue but is well worth a visit. All the exhibits are of local sealife. The aquarium returns all the creatures and fish to the ocean twice a year and this is one of the things I really liked about the exhibits. There is lots of information as well as knowledgeable staff who were very willing to answer questions. The building is bright and airy and all on one level. A very nice place to spend an hour or two.

-BCbikeGuy, Trip Advisor

Loved this place!

Perfect way to spend an afternoon. Hands on place, look and touch, ask questions and get answers and they return all animals back to the sea at the end of the season, how cool is that?

-Anat D, Trip Advisor

Ready to visit? Book, today!


Explore Other Local Attractions