Posted by: cherylyoung | February 6, 2013

Since it is Family Day on Feb 11th I am going to highlight one of the favourite places to take the family on Vancouver Island


Day 1  All the information you need to know

how to get to the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre

How you can donate funds and your time

What the costs are for the various venues



and how you can be a part of this facinating place

The Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre operates
as a not-for-profit community facility that is
self supporting through admission fees, grants,
and donations.
We are governed, funded, and owned by the
New Marine Centre Society.
Initial funds for the Centre were raised through
generous community support and a major donation
from Shaw Communications.




General Information


Phone: 250.665.7511 Fax: 778.426.0715

9811 Seaport Place Sidney,

Vancouver Island, BC V8L 4X3


Adults: $15.00 Youth (Age 7 to 17): $8.00

Child (Age 3 to 6): $5.00 includes

FREE annual pass 2 and under: FREE

Hours of Operation

Daily from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

*Closed Dec. 24th/25th and Jan 1st

Annual Pass

An Adult Annual Pass is regular admission plus $14.00.

Youth and Senior (65 years+) Annual Passes are

regular admission plus $12.00.

Your admission fee supports our work as a

not-for-profit organization.

Thank you! We happily accept VISA, MasterCard,

American Express and debit cards.

To purchase online, click here.

Keep in Touch

To receive our newsletters and information

about upcoming events, click here.


Group Rates & Special Events

Call 250.665.7511 or click:

School Programs

$5.00 + tax/student.

(Teacher admitted free with every class.

Please see Teacher’s Resource Guide for chaperone ratios.)

Learn more about our School Programs


The Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre is entirely accessible.

Companions of special needs visitors are admitted free.



Free parking is available for two hours in the

parkade under the building.

Pay parking is available next door to the Centre.


Celebrate your birthday at the Shaw Ocean

Discovery Centre!

Click here for all of the information.

Event Rentals

Take your next meeting to the bottom of the Salish Sea!

Let our Centre set the stage for your next special event.

Click here for more information.


Directions By Car

The Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre is located

at 9811 Seaport Place (off Beacon Avenue)

on the waterfront in Sidney.

From Victoria

(30 minutes) Leave downtown on Blanshard Street

which becomes Highway #17 north.

Exit the highway to the right at Beacon Avenue,

Sidney and proceed to the waterfront.

From Clipper Ferry

(30 minutes) Transportation from the Clipper Ferry

in Victoria’s Inner Harbour is available.

Visit Clipper Vacations for more information.

From BC Ferries – Swartz Bay Terminal

(Ten minutes) Follow Highway #17 south from

the terminal and turn left at the first traffic signal

onto Beacon Avenue.

From Washington State Ferry

– Sidney Terminal

(Two minutes) Proceed straight north along the

waterfront from the terminal. There we are!

From Victoria International Airport

(Ten minutes) From airport proceed to Highway #17

and turn left (north) on #17 to Beacon Avenue, Sidney.

Turn right onto Beacon and proceed to the waterfront.


Directions By Bus

From Victoria

Catch a 70/71/72 or 73 from downtown to Sidney.

Get off at 5th Street and walk down Beacon Avenue

towards the waterfront.

School Programs


We offer a range of environmental education

programs focused on the Salish Sea ecosystem for

preschool through grade 12.

Complete your program by December 21, 2012 and

receive books valued at $30.00 for your classroom!

Click here to view our 2012/13 school programs.

Book a School Bus!

Special bus packages are

available for classes coming

to the Centre!

Packages include transportation and school program admission.

For details and to book your bus, call 250.665.7511 or email

20 – 39 students (minimum 20): $15 per student + HST

40 – 47 students (minimum 40): $12.50 per student + HST


Salish Sea Marineapedia

Discover. Share. Inspire.

My Salish Sea Marineapedia is a citizen science

project launched by the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre.

Students and classes are encouraged to collect information,

photos and videos about the fascinating species that

live in our local waters.

Discover the biodiversity of your ocean, share what you

learn and inspire others to make a difference!

Visit to register your class as Citizen Scientists.

Work as a group or individually!

Library Guide

The Vancouver Island Regional Library in Sidney

has created a list of recommended fiction and non-fiction

books to teach children about our ocean

. Click here to view the titles!


Want to be included on our e-newsletter to receive

updates of special events and new programs?

Send an email to with your

name, school district and grade level.

Please include ‘Newsletter’ in the subject line.



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