Engage, Learn, and be Inspired by the Wonders of the Ocean.

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A unique opportunity to dive deep into the mysteries of the Ocean, providing a platform where education meets fun and curiosity meets discovery. Our exhibit and touch and tanks, featuring over 70 species from diverse underwater habitats such as Rocky Intertidal, Eelgrass, Subtidal, Mudflats, Kelp Forest, Deep Sea, and Rocky Reef, are open all year round, ensuring a new adventure awaits every time you visit.

Our Goal:

Positively impact all visitors and provide educational programs that will inspire and encourage positive behavioural change. Support sustainability of our local ecosystems for the benefit of current and future generations.

Did you know?

Sea stars stomachs exit their mouths to digest the food, and re-enter when finished eating.

Find the aquarium’s hours and daily admission prices here:

What's On?

BC Ferries Release Party
June 14, 2024

Join us for a free day at TidePools Aquarium sponsored by BC Ferries. Say goodbye to many of our creatures who have been living with us before they are released back into their natural habitat on June 15th.
Date: June 14, 2024
Price: FREE
Location: Gibsons Public Market

TidePools Aquarium Release Day
June 15, 2024

Come on down to Amours Beach in Lower Gibsons as we bid farewell to our sea creatures. Our marine visitors will be returning to their natural habitat – the Salish Sea! Bring your family and a couple of buckets, and get ready to release some sea stars, urchins, sea cucumbers, and more.
Thank you to our sponsors BC Ferries!
Date: June 15, 2024
Price: FREE
Location: Armours Beach

BlueAct Marine Society is the organization behind Nicholas Sonntag TidePools Aquarium.

Our oceans, teeming with vibrant life and enchanting ecosystems, unveil a breathtaking world of beauty and mystery. From colorful coral reefs to majestic marine creatures, join us in celebrating and preserving the awe-inspiring diversity that makes our oceans an unparalleled source of wonder.

Help us preserve the wonder that is our ocean.

Together, through education, collaborative initiatives, and events, we can protect and restore the beauty beneath the surface.

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