With the addition of 55,000 square feet of amazing exploration space at Vancouver Aquarium this summer, our signature fundraising gala, Night at the Aquarium, presented by PCL Construction Group, will be an event you won’t want to miss. Taking place on June 19th, Night at the Aquarium is a celebration of our oceans and raises funds to support our conservation, research and education efforts, including our national sustainable seafood program Ocean Wise™.
Start your evening with a champagne toast, courtesy of Taittinger Champagne, as you enter our new outdoor courtyard. Just beyond our new entrance is an incredible backdrop to this year’s gala where you will be immersed in a 360-degree experience of aquatic life.
Join passionate Ocean Wise chefs, like Executive Chef Ned Bell of YEW Seafood + Bar, Chef Rob Clark of The Fish Counter, and Executive Chef Frank Pabst of Blue Water Café as they delight guests with diverse culinary experiences. A selection of fine wines and premier liquors will be available as you peruse our Ocean Wise chef tastings.
You’ll be invited to explore our unique silent auction items that will be sure to whet your appetite for our unforgettable live auction featuring unique experiences like a fishing and wildlife adventure at Langara Island Lodge. On this once-in-a-lifetime excursion, you will be whisked away on a charter flight to a luxurious four-night, all-inclusive stay where the best salmon and halibut fishing on a private boat awaits you. There are also engaging opportunities such as accompanying the Aquarium’s head veterinarian for a day on his weekly rounds to get the clinical low-down on the animals under his care or get up-close to an African penguin with a chance to peek behind-the-scenes.
As a non-profit society, the Aquarium’s signature gala raises funds for critical programs such as our Marine Mammal Research Program, which conducts groundbreaking research on endangered southern resident and threatened Bigg’s (transient) killer whales and our Marine Mammal Rescue Centre, which rescues, rehabilitates and releases more than 100 stranded animals a year. Funds also directly support national direct action programs such as our Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup™ program which brings together 58,000 Canadians a year to keep shorelines free of litter and our national sustainable seafood program, Ocean Wise™, which helps to protect depleting seafood stocks.
Night at the Aquarium is an evening dedicated to the conservation of aquatic life. Join us on Thursday, June 19 at 7 p.m. and celebrate our oceans.