Closed for the season!
The Ucluelet Aquarium has implemented the following COVID-19 precautions:
- Touch tanks are unavailable at this time. Soap and disinfectants are harmful to the health of fish and invertebrates.
- There is a limited capacity and one way loop around the facility in order to maintain physical distancing.
- Guests will be asked to wash and dry their hands upon arrival at the outside handwash station.
- We ask that visitors be very careful not to touch any tanks or surfaces.
- Please limit your group size to 6 people.
- We ask that families and groups stay within arms reach of eachother to maintain safe distancing.
- No food or drink in the Aquarium.
- Please stay home if you are feeling unwell.
Please read the Tourism Ucluelet COVID-19 Updates for up to date information regarding visiting Ucluelet!
What else can I expect when visiting the Ucluelet Aquarium?
- We will have a limited number of guest in the aquarium which can result in varying wait times to enter. There is no protective covering outside the aquarium so please be prepared to wait outside in whatever wonderful west coast weather might be occuring that day!
- You will be asked to wash your hands with soap & water at the sink outside the facility.
- Upon entering you will be greeted at the front desk by our staff behind a protective plexiglass barrier. Our staff will take payment for admission and review rules and policies with you and your group.
- We have multiple information signs and handwashing opportunities in the facility for your use.
- Increased cleaning & disinfecting of surfaces.
- Please be kind & follow our guidelines as you move through the aquarium. Thank you!
There are no advanced bookings. Visitors can enter the aquarium on a first come, first served basis.
Adults $16.00 (tax incl.)
Youth (4 – 17) $9.00 (tax incl.)
Students $12.00 (tax incl.)
Seniors (60 +) $12.00 (tax incl.)
Children 3 and under are Free!
Family Season Pass $85.00 + tax
(two adults and their children)
Adult Season Pass $35.00 + tax
Senior Season Pass $25.00 + tax
Student Season Pass $25.00 + tax
*Please note that a family pass includes direct family only. It does not include grandparents, cousins, neighbors, friends, etc. No substitutions.
Why A Seasons Pass?
Unlimited visits to the aquarium for the season: Each season typically runs from March 1st until November 30th. Membership is valid from your purchase date until the aquarium closes for the season.
A warm, fuzzy feeling in your heart: All proceeds from membership fees go directly into keeping the Ucluelet Aquarium up and running. When you purchase a season pass, you support the UA’s ongoing education and conservation goals; to raise awareness about marine biodiversity and promote respect for the ocean environment.
The Ucluelet Aquarium is wheelchair accessible. Our accessible entrance is located along the west side of our building on Main St, right before the Whiskey Dock. Please call or send a member of your group to the front desk and we will gladly open the door for you. Our washrooms are wheelchair accessible.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Can I bring my dog? (Parrot/cat/tiny dog/llama/snake/turtle)
We do not allow pets inside the aquarium unless they are a certified service pet. We have many delicate displays and some low pools that may cause issues with pets. You are welcome to leave your furry friend leashed outside and come in and out of the aquarium as needed to ensure its well-being.
- Do I need to purchase a ticket in advance?
We do not sell tickets in advance, we are first come first serve.
- Can we book a tour?
Due to the high volume of visitors we’re seeing these days, we no longer have the staffing capacity to offer personalized tours. We hope this is something we can offer again in the future, but for the time being, we hope you’ll visit us during regular hours and see the beauty of this year’s collection. We still have a wonderful team of enthusiastic staff who are available to answer any questions you may have during your visit. If you are planning on visiting with a large group, it’s still a great idea to plan ahead with one of our staff members to ensure you can all visit at the same time. Since we’re a small aquarium, we have a limited capacity on the number of people who can be within the aquarium at once.
- Can I drop off my kids?
Children 16 years old or younger must to be accompanied by an adult.
- What do you have?
Our focus is on local fish and invertebrate species. As a collect-and-release aquarium, the residents of our displays change frequently depending on what is living in the local tidepools, kelp forests, and eelgrass beds we represent here in the aquarium. We showcase local sea urchins, rockfish, sea cucumbers, crabs, jellyfish, sculpins, and perch. We sometimes have squat lobsters and grunt sculpins, octopuses and feather duster tubeworms. We cannot guarantee we will always have your favorite specimen, but we may be able to introduce you to a new one!
- Do you have an octopus?
Maybe! We change our exhibits often and that includes our octopus exhibit. Giant pacific octopuses can double in size in 4 months, which means they are a species we release and collect frequently depending on their original collection size and how fast they grow. We know that octopuses are an animal that captures everyone’s hearts, but we also have a large number of beautiful, interesting, and intriguing fish and invertebrates that we would love to introduce you to if we’re currently octo-less!
- What time are you open?
Our season usually runs from March 1st to November 30th. Make sure to check our main page to see if we are open for the season as our season does fluctuate. We are open every day of the season from 10 AM to 4:30 PM, with the last entry being at 4 PM. We recommend putting aside at least 45 minutes for your visit.
- Where can I park?
There is a lot of parking around town. The closest free parking is located right outside the Aquarium on Fraser Lane. There are also two free parking lots on Cedar road, behind the Crow’s Nest and across from the RCMP station.
- Where can I park my RV?
You can park your RV at the free parking lot located on Cedar road across from the RCMP station.
Where is a good place to see tidepool?
Big beach is a wonderful place to explore, as are many of Ucluelet’s beaches! Just remember when you head out to always check the tides and be extremely careful on rocky shorelines and near waves and currents. The West coast can be a wild and dangerous place! Also remember to follow Leave No Trace principles – “Take only photographs, Leave only footprints”. It is important to leave shells on the beach so that calcium can return to the water and help build the next generation of snails, sand dollars and chitons. It is also important to remember not to pull animals off rocks, and to always put a rock back the way it was if you turn it over. Many animals breathe through their feet which are damaged if you remove them. Rocks in the intertidal zone create important refuge spaces for intertidal species by providing shelter from rain, wind, dehydrating sunshine, and predators. We imagine giants pulling roofs off our houses to see how cute we are, we’d want that roof back!
- What else is there to do in town?
We are a coastal community and that means we have a richness of coastlines- there are so many to explore! We also share this community with some wonderful artists and creators. Check out some of the local shops and galleries.
- What else is there to do in town when it’s raining?
There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing! Pioneer Boatworks, located just one minute away from us, is a great place to get rainwear. Once all geared up, the world is your oyster (no pun intended)!