A favourite aspect in a day in the life of Vancouver Aquarium ambassadors is the ability to share unique stories with friends, family and visitors whom they encounter in the galleries. It is amazing to see people’s interest spark when they listen to a riveting anecdote about one of the animals here.

With this in mind, the Aquarium has created two new accessibility programs to share our world with visitors who are blind or have low vision, deaf or hard-of-hearing.

Descriptive Tours

Visitors who are blind or have low vision can now book descriptive tours to discover the aquatic world through touch, smell and hearing. With the assistance of tactile props, sounds and some very special intertidal animals, our accessibility volunteer ambassadors will bring our aquatic stories to life for tour participants.

ASL (American Sign Language) Interpreted Tours

The Vancouver Aquarium has partnered with Douglas College to provide visitors who are deaf or hard-of-hearing the opportunity to visit the Aquarium with an ASL student interpreter and one of our accessibility volunteer ambassadors. The ASL student interpreter will be available to assist gallery staff and volunteer interactions, as well as interpreting our shows and feature programs.

ASL interpreted tours are now available to provide visitors who are deaf or hard-of-hearing the opportunity to visit the Aquarium with an ASL student interpreter and an Aquarium accessibility volunteer ambassador.

ASL interpreted tours are now available to provide visitors who are deaf or hard-of-hearing the opportunity to visit the Aquarium with an ASL student interpreter and an Aquarium accessibility volunteer ambassador.

Both accessible services can be booked prior to visiting the Aquarium, and are included with the cost of daily admissions. Accessibility rates are available at admissions upon request. For more information on the programs or to book your accessible tour, visit our accessibility page.

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