The Ucluelet Aquarium is a public not-for-profit aquarium and a pillar of the West Coast. We strive to keep our admission rates as low as possible in order to ensure that we are accessible to all. We depend on the generosity of our members and donors to help us deliver quality educational programs and community outreach. All donations can be made through Canada Helps. If you would like more information about exhibit sponsorship please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You also can donate to our ongoing education programs or adopt a display in the Aquarium. The Ucluelet Aquarium Society is a non-profit organization. All donations are tax deductible.
The Ucluelet Aquarium is a non profit society. As such, we rely on the generosity of our sponsors to provide educational programs, conservation work, and job training to visitors, and our community.
Did you know that over the summer months, the Ucluelet Aquarium sees over 30,000 visitors? When you sponsor a tank, you help contribute to the upkeep, stocking, regular cleaning, and feeding of that tank. As the season evolves, as do the creatures in our tanks – making every visit a unique one!
Our 2022 Tank Sponsors
Octopus Tank – The Forrest Family
Kelp Forrest Tank – Blackrock Oceanfront Resort
Marine Debris Display – Remote Passages Marine Excursions
Library – Judy Gray
Aquarist Kitchen – The Tarling Family
Washrooms – Mint Cleaning
Green Surf Tank – Surf Junction Campground
Jellyfish Kriesel – Ron and Diane Rudan
Sand Dollar & Skate Tank – Sand Dollar VR Tofino
Scallops & Snails Tank – The Sieber-Johansson Family
Because all animals are cool!
Are you looking for a gift that supports a good cause? Join our animal sponsorship program and give a gift that also gives to the ocean and the trillions of animals living within it. Sponsors will have their names, or the name of the recipient, added to our growing list of Animal Sponsors!
As we are a collect and release model, we are always grateful for what the ocean provides us in any given season. We are never sure of exactly which species will be spending time at the aquarium, but we do know that they all require care and attention, no matter how small, slimy or spiny. Your symbolic sponsorship of an animal contributes to the entire animal care program at the aquarium and we thank you for caring about all creatures!
If an ochre star looses a limb they can regrow that limb and be as good as new! When that new arm appears, it can sometimes be a different colour than the rest of their body, causing scientist to question whether their colouring is genetic or dietary.
Black-Eyed Hermit Crab
The Black-Eyed Hermit Crab is the largest hermit crab on this coast with big black almond shaped eyes. It will occupy a vacant moonsnail shell.
Green Surf Anemone
The Green Surf Anemone catches prey such as small fish, crabs and mussels, by stinging and paralyzing them with nematocysts in their tentacles. While these stinging cells can affects small invertebrates and fish, human skin is usually too thick for them to penetrate.
Wolf Eels have been known to mate for life! They live up to 30 years, occupying caves and rock crevices.
Giant Sea Cucumber
Sea Cucumbers breathe through their bums! They can also expel and regrow organs in a couple week! Those are some cool superpowers.
Giant Pacific Octopus
With three hearts and nine brains, these intelligent molluscs can escape from some of the most incredible situations!
Nudibranchs, also known as sea slugs, have evolved over millions of years and no longer have a shell. The Hooded Nudibranch expels a toxin that, to the human nose, smells like watermelon candy!
Puget Sound Crab
These colourful tanks can move huge rocks to capture prey. They can grow up to 12″ across and while they look like they have 6 legs, they are a true crab with 8 legs, two of which are just hiding.
The Tiger Rockfish is a territorial homebody. They are predators and will eat small crustaceans and fish. Rather than hunting their prey, they often wait for currents to bring food to them so they never have to stray far from their rocky homes.
Our Animal Sponsors
Marc, Andrea, Takaya & Finn aka a wonderful ocean-loving family
Ginny & Randall Springer
Octopus Events Promotions
Alberto Salas Ciudad
The Krauss Family