When literally everyone we met instantly recommended the Vancouver Aquarium to us, we just knew we had to try it.
And oh boy, were we lucky we did. We now will forever have a deeper understanding of belugas, a pretty "blank space" in our knowledge of sea life before visiting the Vancouver Aquarium. Yes, the rest of the aquarium was pretty darn awesome, too (we even got to gently touch stingrays in a touch tank), but the belugas really captured our attention and held it for over half an hour. Honestly, we could have stood there and watched the belugas all day.
There were two ways to watch the belugas: one, by watching them from above, and two, by descending beneath the main floor of the Aquarium and watching them on a face-to-face level. We watched from above for a while before realizing that we could also interact with the belugas on a closer level, so we immediately paraded down to the bottom level.
The belugas were, in all honesty, amazing. We had never seen belugas before and so we were all spellbound by them. Occasionally, a dolphin or two flitted by the viewing window, temporarily placed with the belugas to help resemble their natural environment as much as possible. My brother truly fell in love with the belugas, and although he won't openly admit it, I think he's developed a new favorite animal (just a hunch). But I seriously can't blame him: after watching the belugas, I can vouch for just how special an aquarium the Vancouver Aquarium is.
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All trips have their share of funny stories. We decided it would be fun to recall these laugh-out-loud moments right here, on this page.