Aquarium du Québec
The Aquarium du Québec has a long history that goes back to the 1940's when Dr. Vadim D. Vladykov had an idea of a marine aquarium in the heart of Quebec City. That dream came true in the 1950s and today, the Aquarium du Québec is now home to over 10,000 specimens of fresh and salt water fish, reptiles, invertebrates, amphibians, and mammals.
Visitors to the aquarium are free to explore this 16 hectare site and its 7 individual sectors. Each sector is representitive of the wildlife and nature found in a specific geographical region. The sectors are:
- The Arctic Sector - Here visitors can observe seals, walruses, and the majectic polar bears as they move through the four seasons and an underwater glass display.
- Fresh & Salt Water - Two indoor levels that exhibit life in the St. Lawrence basin where the river turns from fresh water into salt water before exiting into the Atlantic ocean.
- Wetlands - An exhibition of the main ecosystem in the St. Lawrence corridor and the many birds, amphibians, insects, reptiles, and plants that inhabit it.
- The Coastal Zone - This sector showcases the world of Canada's marine invertebrates from both the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific. Visitors will be given the opportunity to interact and even touch animals like starfish, sea irchins, hermit crabs, sea cucumbers and more.
- Banks of the St. Lawrence River - While overlooking the mighty St. Lawrence, here you can observe harbour seals as they frolic and play amongst the waves.
- A Scientific Crossroads - Discover the research that makes the Aquarium du Québec an important place for marine biology in Canada and learn more about marine labs and marine research.
- The Awesome Ocean - The main attraction of the Aquarium, the Awesome Ocean exhibit is a tunnel that rests under 350,000 litres of water giving visitors the ultimate view of life in the oceans.