Below is a list of the top and leading Zoos in Vancouver. To help you find the best Zoos located near you in Vancouver, we put together our own list based on this rating points list.
Vancouver’s Best Zoos:
The top rated Zoos in Vancouver are:
- Vancouver Aquarium – home thousands of animal species from fishes to aquatic mammals.
- Aquariums West – showcases freshwater and saltwater animals and aquatic plants.
- Greater Vancouver Zoo – home to many rescued, donated, and orphaned animals.
- Maplewood Farm – features farm animals and allows visitors to feed and handle the animals.
- Bloedel Conservatory – showcases more than a hundred different bird species for visitors to appreciate.
Vancouver Aquarium is home to thousands of incredible ocean species and amazing aquatic life. It’s also Ocean Wise headquarters, where scientists, educators, and conservation experts do their work, not only to protect oceans but to inspire others to join them in their mission.
The Vancouver Aquarium is internationally recognized for display and interpretation excellence and was the first facility to incorporate professional naturalists and interpretive specialists into galleries to explain animal behaviors. Their aquarium research projects extend world-wide and they are internationally recognized for their successful Marine Mammal Rescue Program.
Animal Exhibits, Gift Shops, Education and Research, Special Public Events, Animal Rescue
Address: 845 Avison Way, Vancouver, BC V6G 3E2
Phone: (604) 659 3474
“One thing that jumped out at me right away was how well taken care of the animals were. The enclosures and exhibits were in great shape and the animals all looked healthy and unstressed. Even Helen, the rescued dolphin with her amputated fins was having fun playing with toys in her generous enclosure. At nearly $40.00 per person, admission was pricey but well worth the money. We spent the entire afternoon at the aquarium. You can pre-purchase your tickets which would have saved a long line outside in light rain which I would recommend. Taking an umbrella will also help you enjoy outdoor exhibits and shows with the otters, sea lions, and penguins. There are many special events and shows so checking out the website may help your trip plan.” – Jane Benson
Aquariums West specializes in quality freshwater fish, aquatic plants, saltwater reef aquariums, captive-raised reptiles, and small animals. Over 40 years they have fine-tuned their specialties and have the expert staff to go with them. They have all the tools, live aquatic plants, corals, tropical fresh & saltwater fish, reptiles, layout materials, beautiful aquariums, and terrariums. They also carry a selection of small animals and all their supplies.
Free Animal Exhibit, Fresh Water Fish, Salt Water Fish, Reptiles, Aquatic Plants, Exotic Pet Supplies
Address: 796 Beatty St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2M1
Phone: (604) 669 9249
“Fun to have a look even if you’re not buying a pet (though you might be really tempted to after seeing all the marvelous creatures here) Such a huge collection of animals they have at Aquariums West. Mostly fish but you’ll also see plenty of other neat specimens like snakes, lizards, turtles, frogs, and even huge spiders and scorpions. Check out the biggest spider you’ll ever see in real life: the Bird-Eating Spider” – Ray W.
Greater Vancouver Zoo
Greater Vancouver Zoo is dedicated to education and conservation and is home to many rescued, donated, and orphaned animals. The mission of the Greater Vancouver Zoo is to inspire appreciation of ecosystems and support conservation efforts by engaging the community. The Greater Vancouver Zoo is home to over 140 species on 120 acres with 3km of wheelchair accessible paved pathways. They encourage visitors to bring their own bicycles, scooters, rollerblades, skateboards, and wagons.
Field Trips, Behind the Scenes, Keeper Talks, Birthday Parties, Corporate Events
Address: 5048 264 St, Aldergrove, BC V4W 1N7
Phone: (604) 856 6825
“I loved taking my girlfriend here on her birthday today! Anyone who loves animals should go here and see the amazing biodiversity of life this zoo has to offer! Please consider making a donation too to support the animals! There are activists these days trying to ban zoos and aquariums so the best thing you can do is vote with your dollars! I want this zoo to be around in a few years for when I have children so I can take them here too!” – Matthew H
Maplewood Farm is home to over two hundred domestic animals and birds and strives to provide a unique experience, incorporating enjoyment, education, and a recollection of the rural heritage of this pastoral 5-acre setting. Maplewood Farm has something for everyone. From visiting their farm animals, meeting the farmhands, holding and feeding animals, rides, self-guided tours, and special events.
Field Trips, Animal Handling, Animal Feeding, Guided Tours, Behind The Scenes,
Address: 405 Seymour River Pl, North Vancouver, BC V7H 1S6
Phone: (604) 929 5610
“Great hang out place for kids and families. The grounds are beautiful and make a great half-day for kids’ entertainment. There is also a little playground by the farm and kids really enjoyed the experience. The animals are fun to watch and the farms are fairly small and safe. There is a Gazebo/covered area in the middle of trees perfect for an outdoor party” – Mahsoo Naderi
Bloedel Conservatory is a domed lush paradise located in Queen Elizabeth Park atop the City of Vancouver’s highest point. More than a hundred free-flying exotic birds, five hundred exotic plants and flowers thrive within its temperature-controlled environment. Visitors will find red, blue, and dwarf Macaws, African parrots, exotic Finches, and Chinese pheasants at Bloedel. Handy bird guides and a children’s scavenger hunt are available at their front desk.
Bird Watching, Botanical Gardens, Tours, Bird Guides, Children’s Scavenger Hunt
Address: 4600 Cambie St, Vancouver, BC V5Y 2M4
Phone: (604) 257 8584
“One of our favorite spots in the city. An urban oasis. My 4 yr old loves to find all the birds on the checklist every time. Beautifully maintained and friendly staff. Great place rain or shine. Also, a lovely place for my elderly parents to take my son, close proximity to parking, admission is economical and not a huge place so won’t get tired. Lots of areas to sit and enjoy inside. Even with the new time limits, lots of time to look around a few times! Gorgeous place.” – Katie Lee McConnell