And just like that it’s over! Summer 2015 has come and gone and all the hard work in planning, delivering great service and great programs, connecting with visitors and winning awards has served us well this year. We broke records, made memories for our guests and delivered new experiences alongside some of our time tested favourite ones. We shared laughter and tears as we welcomed new staff and said farewell to some along the way. Here’s how we did it by the numbers:
- 40,000 Volunteer hours contributed this summer
- 17,119 Hours contributed by 187 work experience place students
- 12,500 Drawings by kids of “What’s a sea monster to you?” contributed for our Sea Monsters Revealed exhibit
- 6,060 Wet Lab visitors got hands on with marine life
- 1,530 Kilograms of fruit consumed by the Jamaican fruit bats
- 187 Campers participated in our AquaCamps for ages four through 12
- 124 Seals rescued and being rehabilitated at our Marine Mammal Rescue Centre
- 35 Different kind of fruits and vegetables consumed by animals in the Amazon Gallery
- 30 Major events and festivals that our Street Team participated in around the Lower Mainland this summer including two major downtown parades
- 29 Degrees — the hottest day of our summer heatwave
- 21 Vancouver Tourism Awards won by our interpretive delivery team and volunteers
- 10 Members only events including Super Saturdays, beach walks and Wet Lab Mondays
- 7 Beautiful weddings
- 5 Onsite proposals (All yeses)!
- 4 Sightings of killer whales and humpbacks from Stanley Park
- 4 Skates ready to hatch from the egg case on display in the Canaccord Financial Exploration Gallery
As always the final number is 1 proud director of visitor experience! Thank you to all our staff, volunteers and visitors who made the Vancouver Aquarium a top family friendly attraction this summer and ultimately contributed to ocean conservation through admission, gift shop and café purchases.
We look forward to this transition to fall and holiday season at the Aquarium. Stay tuned for updates on other exciting events and exhibit changes for 2015/2016.
Blog post by Karen Howe, director of visitor experience for the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre.