At the Vancouver Aquarium, we always strive to connect our visitors with the wonders of aquatic life. With over 50,000 aquatic animals, there’s a little something for everyone.

And when we say “everyone,” we mean it.

As a commitment to inclusion, we want all of our visitors to experience our galleries, exhibits and the 4-D theatre. We’re excited to announce that our next (fifth) Access Day will take place Saturday, December 7, 2013 to celebrate the international day of people with disabilities.

We regularly provide services for visitors with disabilities, but on this particular day, we will have extra volunteers on hand offering additional services, including:

  • Douglas College American Sign Language student interpreters for marine mammal, dive shows and Luminescence programs
  • Descriptive tours for visitors with vision impairments that can be pre-booked
  • Hourly open houses of the Wet Lab for a tactile experience

The Aquarium is also pleased to regularly offer other amenities for visitors with special needs, including:

  • A wheelchair-accessible parking lot just a few minutes away from the entrance
  • Express ticket purchases from our accessibility window
  • Wheelchair rentals and designated wheelchair areas for Canada’s Arctic and The Wild Coast galleries and the Penguin Point exhibit
  • Wheelchair accessible services for the Upstream Café and the Goldcorp 4-D Theatre, for which we also provide printed scripts
  • Gender-neutral washrooms and an adult change table in our Canada’s Arctic gallery washrooms

An accessibility rate is available at admissions upon request. Visitors with disabilities will receive a 50 per cent discount off general admission price or a free attendant when paying the full admission price.

For more information or to book your descriptive tour, please visit our Access Day page or contact our visitor experience department at visitorexperience@vanaqua.org. We look forward to your visit.

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