We visited the Quebec Aquarium once we were in the area of Quebec City, during a huge snow storm. We enjoyed the visit very much and so did our kids! The Aquarium exhibits fishes, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, and sea mammals.
Address: 1675 Avenue des Hôtels, Québec, G1W 4S3, QC
Car: Drive north-east towards Quebec City for about 2h20. Located at the outskirts of Quebec City.
Entry fees: Adult 19$, kids (3-17) 9.5$, family packages available. Sepaq members receive a discount on ticket price. See website for more details.
Parking: Free (P1, P2, P3)
Suitable for baby strollers (depends on weather), lifts are available
Important tip for visitors during winter time: gear up well (clothing) as the buildings are separated from one another and only accessible via outdoor paths. At the ‘Le Pavillion des Eaux’, you will be able to hang your coats and enjoy the 3 floors easily.
At the entrance, the ticket desk is located on the left inside the aquarium shop. The first station near the entrance is the ‘Le Pavillion des Profondeurs’ – where you can find jellyfishes, seahorses and rays. There are lots of explanations about the sea creatures both in French and English.
At the Ray station, you will be able to touch the rays at the pool where they swim. Don’t forget to wash your hands before and after contact.
Exit the building and walk towards the ‘Le Pavillion des Eaux’. On the right side of the building, there is an outdoor playground, water play stations, picnic spots for summer time.
The ‘Pavilion des Eaux’ is a 3 floors building with different aquatic animals on each floor. Once you enter the building, on the left there is a small cafeteria and the visit begins on the right-hand side.
You will find a massive aquarium which stretches along the 3 floors. At the time of our visit, we were able to spot the divers who were cleaning the big water tank. The floors are divided into the salty and fresh water. There is a station to spot reptiles and amphibians. Another tactile station is on the second floor to touch coral stars. Once we exited the building, we spotted along the outdoor path the enclosures of the arctic foxes and the white polar bear and then we headed to see the seals. The aquarium offers shows to watch the big mammals during feeding time etc, we missed it this time around. During winter time, there is a Festi Lumière, where the outdoor is illuminated with special festive installations.