This morning, when Edina Bartell planned her family’s visit to the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre, she had no idea what was in store.

Vancouver Aquarium One Millionth Visitor

Edina and Carter as they are welcomed with a big surprise upon arrival to the Vancouver Aquarium.

“I was just so surprised,” said Edina upon the announcement that she was the Aquarium’s one millionth visitor for 2014.

“We’ve been members of the Aquarium for five years. The kids just love the sharks and the turtles, we have to stop by and see them every time we come here.”

As part of the millionth-visitor celebration this morning, Edina and her family were presented with a basket full of gift shop goodies and a complimentary family membership for 2015 so that Edina and her family can keep their aquatic tradition going.

Vancouver Aquarium members play a big role in helping to reach the million-visitor milestone year after year. “We’ve now broken the one millionth visitor mark for three consecutive years. This is due to the support of our community members and our growing membership base that keep coming back year after year,” says Karen Howe, director of visitor experience at the Vancouver Aquarium.

When asked what keeps her and her family coming back to the Aquarium, Edina replied, “Every time we come, it’s a new experience.”

Vancouver Aquarium visitors for 2014

Our staff give a special welcome to the one millionth visitor of 2014.

By purchasing admission and memberships, Vancouver Aquarium visitors contribute to conservation, research and education programs such as the Marine Mammal Rescue Centre, which rescues and rehabilitates hundreds of animals each year, and to groundbreaking wild killer whale research. Just by visiting the non-profit Vancouver Aquarium, visitors have a direct impact on aquatic conservation.

Thank you to all of our guests and staff members who made reaching this milestone possible!

Looking for a unique gift idea this holiday season? Give the gift of aquatic wonder with a membership to the Vancouver Aquarium.

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