The Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre

A not-for-profit aquarium and marine education Facility


Phone: 250.665.7511
Fax: 778.426.0715
9811 Seaport Place
Sidney, Vancouver Island, BC
V8L 4X3


Adults: $15.00
Youth (Age 7 to 17): $8.00
Child (Age 3 to 6): $5.00 includes FREE annual pass
2 and under: FREE

Click HERE to see a video of the aquarium in action!

Hours of Operation

Daily from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm (Summer hours: July to Early September 10:00am to 5:00pm)

Annual Pass

An Adult Annual Pass is regular admission plus $14.00. Youth and Senior (65 years+) Annual Passes are regular admission plus $12.00. Your admission fee supports our work as a not-for-profit organization. Thank you! We happily accept VISA, MasterCard, American Express and debit cards. To purchase online, click here.

Keep in Touch

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Group Rates

Call 250.665.7511 or email:

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School Programs

$5.00 + tax/student. (Teacher admitted free with every class. Please see Teacher’s Resource Guide for chaperone ratios.) Learn more about our School Programs


The Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre is entirely accessible. Companions of special needs visitors are admitted free.



Free parking is available for two hours in the parkade under the building. Pay parking is available next door to the Centre.


Celebrate your birthday at the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre! Click here for all of the information.

Special Events/Facility Rentals

Let our aquarium set the stage for your next special event. Click here for more information.

Directions By Car

The Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre is located at 9811 Seaport Place (off Beacon Avenue) on the waterfront in Sidney.

From Victoria

(30 minutes) Leave downtown on Blanshard Street which becomes Highway #17 north. Exit the highway to the right at Beacon Avenue, Sidney and proceed to the waterfront. Click to view map. 

From Clipper Ferry

(30 minutes) Transportation from the Clipper Ferry in Victoria’s Inner Harbour is available. Visit Clipper Vacations for more information.

From BC Ferries – Swartz Bay Terminal

(Ten minutes) Follow Highway #17 south from the terminal and turn left at the first traffic signal onto Beacon Avenue.

From Washington State Ferry – Sidney Terminal

(Two minutes) Proceed straight north along the waterfront from the terminal. There we are!

From Victoria International Airport

(Ten minutes) From airport proceed to Highway #17 and turn left (north) on #17 to Beacon Avenue, Sidney. Turn right onto Beacon and proceed to the waterfront.

Directions By Bus

From Victoria

Catch a 70 or 72 bus from downtown to Sidney. Get off at 5th Street and walk down Beacon Avenue towards the waterfront.

From BC Ferries – Swartz Bay Terminal

Catch a 70 or 72 bus from the ferries. Get off at 5th Street and walk down Beacon Avenue towards the waterfront. Click to view a map.

Peninsula Attractions Connector (Summer only)

Free Hop-on/Hop-off service connecting the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre to ferry terminals, Butchart Gardens & More! Click here for more information


General Inquiries

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For full contact information, click here.