Alberni Aquarium

Covid-19 Safety:

  • All guests must wear a mask and use hand sanitizer at the main entrance upon arrival.

  • A limited number of guests will be welcomed at a time in order to maintain physical distancing.

  • The Aquarium will have one-way arrows for guests to follow with interpreter stations along the way.

  • Touch tanks will be covered for animal care purposes as soap and disinfectants are harmful to the health of our critters.

  • We ask that visitors be very careful not to touch any tanks or acrylic surfaces. Alcohol based hand sanitizers can damage acrylic tank surfaces, which is very costly and time consuming to fix.

  • We love kids and love their amazing energy! The aquarium can be a very exciting place and we love that our younger guests come for visits! We ask that parents accompany their kiddos to ensure physical distancing is respected amongst other visitors, as well as try to minimize hands-on exploring as much as possible.

  • We ask that guests exit the aquarium via back door exit to ensure social distancing measures.

  • Instead of crafts at the aquarium, guests can request a craft package from interpreters to take home instead.

  • Public washrooms are available in spirit square rather than in the aquarium to ensure safety for staff.

About the Aquarium

The Alberni Aquarium offers something for everyone! Our Aquarium features ecosystems ranging from our freshwater salmon tank to deep ocean tanks. Adults will marvel at the world class video footage of undersea creatures engaged in life and death struggles. Children of all ages will enjoy the hands on touch tanks and activities!

The four main pillars of the organisation are habitat restoration, species enhancement, protection, education and stewardship. The Alberni Aquarium was developed under the Education branch and opened on May 1st, 2016. The goal of the Aquarium is to celebrate the beauty of the region.


Monday: Closed

Tuesday: 12pm - 5pm

Wednesday: 12pm - 5pm

Thursday: 12pm - 5pm

Friday: 12pm - 5pm

Saturday: 10am - 5pm

Sunday: 10am - 5pm

Holiday Closures: Please refer to this page for any Holiday Closure updates.


$5 per person (ages 5 and up), children under the age of 5 are free!

$25 per person for an annual membership.

Please contact us at 250-724-3600 ext. 1 for more information.

Alberni Aquarium Cookbook

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Forward: Gail Morton

Release Date: August 2020

Pages: 75

The Alberni Aquarium is proud to share this unique compilation cookbook with you. We are a nonprofit association focused on providing unique educational opportunities to our community. This cookbook is filled with unique local recipes and fun fish facts. By purchasing a copy of this book you are helping us to continue to support our efforts in education, environment and sustainability. Thank you to our wonderful contributors and generous supporters, without your support we would not be able to continue our work.

RCN Media has partnered with the Alberni Aquarium to support their efforts to keep their much needed aquarium afloat. All proceeds will be going to help keep the Alberni Aquarium operational.

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