Quebec Aquarium in Quebec city offers a refreshing getaway with impressive exhibitions of fishes, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, and sea mammals. We had lots of fun on our visit during a massive snowstorm. The aquarium is ideal for kids with lots of attractions to enjoy in any weather condition.
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 (2018): 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
An important tip for visitors during wintertime: 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 summertime.
The ‘Pavilion des Eaux’ is a large building and the aquatic animals are spread over three floors. 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 salty and freshwater. 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 wintertime, there is a Festi Lumière, where the outdoor is illuminated with special festive installations.