Raise a glass of suds in celebration of charismatic harbor seals, sea lions, and fur seals – collectively known as pinnipeds – at a special edition After Hours at the Vancouver Aquarium®, an Ocean Wise® initiative. On Saturday, May 4, learn about these fascinating animals and their incredible rescue and rehabilitation stories through never-seen-before programs, all with a drink in hand. 

Not only can guests explore the Aquarium’s galleries after dark – a truly magical place – they can also take in special programs, tailored for an adult audience. In a first for After Hours, head veterinarian Dr. Martin Haulena will share stories from the field as he recounts his experiences rescuing and rehabilitating seals suffering from gunshot wounds, disentangling sea lions from marine debris, and more. Through unique programs, guests can also learn about the rescue stories of endangered Green sea turtle Schoona, blind Calfornia sea lion Señor Cinco, and Northern resident killer whale Springer who was once separated from her pod but now reunited and thriving. 

Get to know these incredibly resilient animals and learn their rescue stories while you enjoy a glass (or two) from ocean-minded breweries, cideries, and wineries, including Arterra Wines, Lonetree, Moosehead Breweries Limited, Phillips Brewing & Malting Co., Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub, Tofino Brewing Co., Whistler Brewing Co., and others.

Where: Vancouver Aquarium (845 Avison Way)
When:  Saturday, May 4 from 6:30 to 11 p.m. 
What: After Hours access to the Vancouver Aquarium’s galleries including the 4-D theatre. Beer, cider, and wine, as well as food from the Aquarium Café, will be available for purchase. 

Tickets for Pints, Pinnipeds and Rescue Stories are available online at vanaqua.org/after-hours and are $36 for members and $45 for non-members. Purchase your tickets early to avoid disappointment (After Hours events often sell out). 

A portion of the proceeds from each ticket goes to the Vancouver Aquarium’s Marine Mammal Rescue Centre, which rescues, rehabilitates and releases more than 150 sick, injured or orphaned marine mammals each year. 

Located in beautiful Stanley Park, there are a number of scenic, safe and sustainable transportation options for After Hours guests, including walking or biking and taking public transportation. For details, click here

After Hours is an adult-oriented event. All ticket sales are final. Membership cards will be required for member-priced ticket holders. Photo ID is required for bar service.