AquaVan 150: Mobile aquarium embarks on coast-to-coast tour

Apr 4 2017, 6:30 pm

The AquaVan that will be travelling across Canada (Vancouver Aquarium)

The AquaVan that will be travelling across Canada (Vancouver Aquarium)

And you thought that road trip with your dog was a hassle.

The Pacific Ocean is heading across the country in a 28-foot mobile aquarium, bringing a whole bunch of sea critters along for the ride.

The trip is the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre’s AquaVan 150: Connecting Communities to Coastlines, a tour hitting the road to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday.

The travelling fish tank will be making stops at communities throughout Canada, and will make it all the way to Prince Edward Island before heading back to Vancouver this fall. The tour has planned 150 stops over the seven month long trip.

Students looking at a crab from the AquaVan (Vancouver Aquarium)

Students looking at a crab from the AquaVan (Vancouver Aquarium)

“This journey is about celebrating the rich biodiversity of our country and joining together in the shared need to conserve it,” said Vancouver Aquarium president and CEO, John Nightingale, in a press release.

With this nationwide tour during Canada’s 150th year, we will engage and inspire thousands more ocean champions in our own backyard to care for our precious waterways. That, too, is something to celebrate.”

Schools and public events across Canada will be greeted by sea stars, sea cucumbers, crabs, sea anemones, and many other creatures from the Pacific Ocean. 

Students gathered around the touch tank (Vancouver Aquarium)

Students gathered around the touch tank (Vancouver Aquarium)

The AquaVan will feature life support systems for these animals, and a 70″ TV for real-time communication with experts at the Vancouver Aquarium.

The AquaVan 150: Connecting Communities to Coastlines tour will be posting updates of its journey at AquaBlog and and on the Vancouver Aquarium’s Facebook page.

You can support the mobile aquarium’s journey by donation, and if you want to have the AquaVan visit your community, you can request it at the AquaVan website.

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