The Thing To Do when in Victoria - Shaw Centre for the Salish

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Wondering what to do in Victoria today?

If you are looking for a fun adventure for the whole family, take the short 25 minute drive from Victoria out to Sidney, BC. Or, plan your departure with a visit to the aquarium which is on route, and only five minutes away, to Victoria International Airport and BC Ferries's Swartz Bay Terminal. The Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea is a key Victoria attraction and definitely one of the places to visit in Victoria today!  

One of the top things to do in Victoria, BC!

The Centre welcomes over 70,000 visitors a year and is an extremely unique and hands-on experience to learn about the local environment, wildlife and culture. The Centre is a place for all ages, but especially for families and is one of the fun things to do in Victoria, BC. With daily programs, self-guided tours, and special events like World Oceans Day every year, this is definitely one of the places to visit in Victoria.

Victoria's only aquarium and BC's second largest!

The Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea, located on the oceanfront in Sidney (Victoria) BC, is Canada's only aquarium and cultural Centre dedicated exclusively to the Salish Sea Bioregion. One of the best things to do in Victoria, BC, the Centre has over 160 species of local live animals, a rare marine mammal artifact display, a Coast Salish Indigenous art collection, and a Salish Sea Store with local arts and crafts.

A Victoria and Canada key point of interest.

The Salish Sea, named for the Coast Salish Indigenous peoples of Canada, makes Victoria and Vancouver Island one of the top tourist attractions in the world. Beautiful coastlines, emerald green waters, and resident wildlife, like the Southern Resident Orcas, make this one of the most important places to see in the world.


Are you looking for one of the best things to see in Victoria, BC?

Are you looking for things to do in Sidney, BC?

Are you looking for one-of-a-kind, fun, and adventurous Victoria activities and Victoria attractions?

If so, plan a visit to the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea right now!



Beautiful Sidney, BC

Welcome to Sidney by the Sea. We hope you enjoy exploring our charming town and discovering what makes Sidney such a remarkable place. Nestled on the edge of the Salish Sea, with spectacular views of the Gulf Islands, San Juan Islands and Mount Baker, Sidney offers a fascinating array of fun and memorable things to do.


The Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea is a public aquarium and cultural centre located in the Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa in Sidney, BC. Regular public transportation from Victoria BC will take you along the scenic Pat Bay Highway to Sidney. After visiting the Centre, enjoy Sidney's Beacon Ave filled with cafes, book stores, and unique retail shops.