Orca breaching near Morro Bay, courtesy of Mike Baird
Gray Whale Near Shipwreck Point
Breaching humpback whale, courtesy of Todd Chandler
The Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea is a not for profit aquarium and learning centre located on the waterfront in Sidney BC. Connecting the public with the Salish Sea Bioregion and its ecosystems through engagement, knowledge and awareness, the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea offers a fun, interactive and informative experience of science and culture to young and old – welcoming over 75,000 visitors a year. It is a key tourist attraction and destination as the only aquarium in Greater Victoria and Canada’s only aquarium and learning centre dedicated exclusively to the Salish Sea.
It’s a thrilling experience for visitors, staff and volunteers alike when killer whales swim past the Centre. This happens usually a few times a year and gets the whole centre a buzz. Harbour porpoises can often be spotted as well and seals, sea lions and river otters visit the area almost daily. Every once in a while we also get a chance to see a humpback whale in the area. All of this wildlife can be viewed from the back of our centre or from Beacon Park which is directly behind us.
Each year in early June the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea hosts an event to celebrate World Ocean’s Day. This event takes place in Beacon Park , on the waterfront directly behind the centre. This is a fun, family focused event featuring educational organizations, interactive activities, live music, food tucks and local artisans. For more information visit us at https://www.salishseacentre.org/upcoming-events/.
Join us once a month for our evening lecture series and find out what’s new in marine science from the experts! Free to members and annual pass holders, regular admission rates apply. Lectures begin at 7:00pm (Doors open at 6:30pm). For more information visit us at https://www.salishseacentre.org/lecture-series/.
Bring your preschooler to the Centre for a morning of fun! Parents and preschoolers are invited to join our educators on Tuesday mornings at 10:30am for special ocean-themed stories, crafts and activities. A new topic is explored every week, from Squishy Squids to Turtle Time and more! *October through April. For more information visit us at https://www.salishseacentre.org/upcoming-events/.