To our cherished #VanAqua family, friends and community. Today we shared the news that the Vancouver Aquarium will be temporarily pausing public programming after September 7, 2020. While closed Ocean Wise will focus on transformation.
This was a difficult decision and the result of an incredibly challenging year. But it is the right decision to ensure we can come back better than ever, someday soon. Although our summer reopening was a huge success in terms of operating in a COVID-safe way, and proving a great visitor experience, the not-for-profit Vancouver Aquarium was not able to cover costs.
This temporary pause, although not what we would ever have hoped for, is a critical moment in our history. It will allow us to focus our resources on providing uninterrupted care to the animals who call our Aquarium home. It will also allow us to focus on a strategic planning process addressing how to reinvent the Aquarium so that we can continue to be a beloved destination, while also addressing the most critical issues facing our ocean, including climate change, pollution and overfishing.
We want to extend our most heartfelt thank you for your overwhelming support these past months. Your donations helped us through an incredibly challenging period. Your encouragement raised us up. Now, it is our responsibility to you, and our oceans, to ensure so we can remain leaders in ocean conservation, research, education and animal care, well into the future. So this isn’t goodbye, but simply ‘sea’ you later (better than ever before). With love, your Vancouver Aquarium family. To learn more visit Vanaqua.org/transformation