Ucluelet Aquarium
Ucluelet Aquarium
4.5
11:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
About
We are open for the 20234season! The Ucluelet Aquarium is a collect-and-release aquarium dedicated to raising awareness and respect for the local ocean environment.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Sandra’s impressions
    London, United Kingdom70 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great hour spent here
    Great hour spent here. Lots of little tanks to look and and staff were really helpful, friendly and knowledgeable. Definitely worth coming. Interesting building, and like that it’s a catch and release Aquarium. Good for kids too!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 July 2023
  • Monti T
    Calgary, Canada49 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutely worth the visit!
    We were so lucky to be staying right beside the Ucluelet Aquarium, and made it a priority to visit! The staff was all very friendly and knowledgeable , and were working hard the whole time we were there. We absolutely loved all of the indigenous species, and the beautifully decorated and well-kept tanks and enclosures. We learned a lot about local sea life, and enjoyed our time immensely. Photos don’t do justice - make sure you check out this gem for yourself!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 August 2023
  • PeaEmm
    Derby, United Kingdom113 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A remarkably good aquarium
    A friend told us that we had to visit Ucluelet Aquarium as it was “remarkably good”. They were right. It’s the first ‘collect-and-release’ aquarium that we’ve visited - such a fantastic idea. They collect the exhibits from nearby waters at the start of the season and release them at the end of the season. Whilst not large, it is packed with information and the staff are enthusiastic and knowledgeable. As my friend said, well worth a visit.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 August 2023
  • S F
    Ucluelet, Canada807 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Ucluelet Aquarium Ends The Year With Many Sucesses
    The Ucluelet Aquarium in this west coast ocean village, locals call Ukee, has had its most successful year ever of visitor traffic. This west coast catch-&-release micro aquarium draws ever more visitors as its “fame” spreads, locally, nationally & internationally: In 2023 it drew a record number of 40,O00 visitors. It has also had a good fundraising year. It releases its sea animal at the end of November, spending December, January & February cleaning & reimagining its environment. It will be opening again with new sea animal“visitors” on March 1. It offers season passes & low entrance rates. Posted by S Fuller.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 21 December 2023
  • William S
    Liverpool, United Kingdom591 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Highly recommended for a visit
    We spent a wonderful few hours in the aquarium. At first we were dubious if there would be much to see as it is relatively small but you are immediately excited by the enthusiasm of the excellent staff and volunteers who point out interesting things to see. The diversity of creatures in the waters around the museum is extraordinary and there are so many to see from close by in the tanks. Many have stunning colours and are wonderful to watch. We saw the staff feeding an octopus which was an amazing site and this was followed by an informal talk on how they eat and live. We had a fabulous visit and would strongly recommend the aquarium to anyone young and old.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 May 2024
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Janet C
Calgary, Canada103 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2024 • Couples
We were pleasantly surprised. Although we have visited Ucluelet many times we had never visited the aquarium. The sea life is gathered from the ocean around Ucluelet and is released and replenished regularly. Many of their fish tanks are open and visitors are allowed to touch the sea life. There is an amazing variety of sea life in the tanks! The staff were very knowledgeable and helpful.
Written 11 June 2024
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Susan S
Lanexa, VA35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2024 • Couples
The aquarium is a jewel in the town. The displays were well tended to and had great information. The tanks (not all) were accessible for touching if interested. The staff were great to talk to. A wonderful place to visit.
Written 9 June 2024
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Andrea T
Edmonton, Canada55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Business
Was so nice inside, so many fish and sea life to view, even touch! Amazing Catch and release aquarium first in Canada I hear. Wonderful experience for a family.
Written 18 May 2024
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William S
Liverpool, UK591 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
We spent a wonderful few hours in the aquarium. At first we were dubious if there would be much to see as it is relatively small but you are immediately excited by the enthusiasm of the excellent staff and volunteers who point out interesting things to see. The diversity of creatures in the waters around the museum is extraordinary and there are so many to see from close by in the tanks. Many have stunning colours and are wonderful to watch. We saw the staff feeding an octopus which was an amazing site and this was followed by an informal talk on how they eat and live. We had a fabulous visit and would strongly recommend the aquarium to anyone young and old.
Written 17 May 2024
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Heather s
22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Very engaging aquarium that features local marine life. The aquarium releases its exhibits each year. We were there during feeding time, which was interesting to watch. You are supporting a local business and learning things in the process
Written 10 April 2024
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S F
Ucluelet, Canada807 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
The Ucluelet Aquarium (UA) in this west coast ocean village locals call Ukee, which had its most successful year ever of visitor traffic in 2023, was off to a good, brisk start when it opened its doors on March 1.
It was busy from the first day, Laura, who heads the non-profit, & is multi-skilled, as both a marine biologist & an ocean diver, was happy to report in its first week open. She is also charming, committed to ocean life & a great communicator.
It has exciting new sea creatures visiting this season, she said, thus likely to draw in good crowds, which one would imagine will surely result in even bigger numbers for 2024.
This west coast catch-&-release micro aquarium draws ever more visitors as its “fame” spreads, locally, nationally & internationally.
In 2023 it drew a record number of 40,O00 visitors. This year certainly more.
It also had a good fundraising year in 2023 with its innovative cedar fish plaque donation project.
It releases its sea animal at the end of November, spending December, January & February cleaning & reimagining its environment.
It opens again each season with new sea animal“visitors” on March 1.
It offers season passes & low entrance rates.
Get the passes now & enjoy a full nine months of visits.
There are many ways to donate to this worthy non-profit, something which leads to donor satisfaction well into the future, something I know first hand as a serial donor.
Posted by S Fuller.
Written 26 March 2024
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S F
Ucluelet, Canada807 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
The Ucluelet Aquarium in this west coast ocean village, locals call Ukee, has had its most successful year ever of visitor traffic.
This west coast catch-&-release micro aquarium draws ever more visitors as its “fame” spreads, locally, nationally & internationally:
In 2023 it drew a record number of 40,O00 visitors.
It has also had a good fundraising year.
It releases its sea animal at the end of November, spending December, January & February cleaning & reimagining its environment. It will be opening again with new sea animal“visitors” on March 1. It offers season passes & low entrance rates.
Posted by S Fuller.
Written 21 December 2023
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SvenskTjej
Southampton, UK162 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Well worth a visit as not only are you supporting a local business and conservation effort but genuinely interesting collection of sea creatures and information. It’s a catch and release aquarium which I’d never heard of before but love the idea of. And there are exhibits that you’re allowed to touch so to be able feel what a starfish or sea cucumber feels like is a pretty unique experience. The staff are very well informed and enthusiastic. It may be small but I learned more and felt more connected to the animals than I have ever felt visiting a larger or dare I say more commercial aquarium.
Written 14 October 2023
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Kswoman
Kismet, KS25 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
Small, but for a good cause. Small exhibits. Friendly staff. They had a touch tank. Good way to waste time on a rainy day.
Written 30 September 2023
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breggie
Asheville, NC929 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Very small as aquariums go and many many small to medium tanks with mollusks and others to view and touch. One very large aquarium is the centerpiece . Not an aquarium do the traditional viewing of fish species, as that isn’t the focus.
Literature says animals are caught and released, admirable.
Expensive as can be but one’s heart goes out to the staff and sponsors of this non-profit.
Written 21 September 2023
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