The Vancouver Aquarium has come a long way since it opened as Canada’s first aquarium and marine science centre 58 years ago. Now, having just undergone the most significant expansion in its history, the Aquarium has evolved yet again – this time in the digital realm.

When you next visit the Aquarium, keep your eyes out for new digital, aquatic-inspired imagery and see how many ocean or shoreline images you can spot during your visit. These digital images are intended to immediately connect visitors with the oceans – and help transport them into a headspace that is focused on aquatic wonder, and ultimately, actions inspired by conservation.

This experience begins at the main admission entrance, which is flanked by two vertical eight-by-eight foot LED video screens, which simmer behind a real curtain of water. The moving images behind the water – for example, a curtain of kelp – carries with it the energy of a natural ocean or waterway.

And that’s just the beginning. Once visitors cross the Ocean Courtyard and step into the expansive Teck Connections Gallery, their gaze is met by a unique 14-foot LED-powered globe that is framed by a continuous circle of projected video imagery overhead, courtesy of technology called Pandora.

Once entering the Teck Connections Gallery, visitors are greeted with moving aquatic imagery.

Once entering the Teck Connections Gallery, visitors are greeted with moving aquatic imagery.

The versatility of this innovative system brings powerful imagery and storytelling to life in a new way for the Aquarium. The moving images displayed illustrates how water connects us all – human, animal, and planet.

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The images can shift to transport the visitor through a variety of watery experiences, from some of B.C.’s most beautiful freshwater and marine locations, to animal rescue, rehabilitation and release. It’s another way for us to share our passion for, and commitment to, our oceans and the life within them, and to invite visitors to take part in that journey to help conserve aquatic life.

With our expansion, we’ve also revamped our digital screens that provide important visitor information, show schedules, and maps and directions.

Our lower Teck Engagement Gallery also includes new programming space featuring a projector screen that comes down during events and programs that need it – ideal for slideshows, film screenings, and lectures.

The new Teck Engagement Gallery, with amphitheatre-style seating and a projection screen for special events.

The new Teck Engagement Gallery, with amphitheatre-style seating and a projection screen for special events.

So the next time you visit the Vancouver Aquarium, take a moment to immerse yourselves in the digital experience, and allow yourself to be transported into our watery world.

For more information about our recent expansion, visit here.

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