On June 15, 1956, the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre opened its doors in Stanley Park, welcoming 10,000 visitors in its first weekend alone. The admission price that day? Twenty-five cents. 

This June, Vancouver Aquarium will celebrate six decades of ocean conservation, vital research, curriculum-based education and public engagement, and share stories of the myriad milestones along the way.

Kick off the festivities with the Aquarium's Celebrate #vanaqua60 photo contest, inviting visitors form the last 60 years to share their photos online for a chance to win a one-year membership to the Aquarium. 

To enter the contest, upload a photo via Instagram or Twitter and hashtag #vanaqua60, or submit directly on the Aquarium's website. Photos will be featured in an online gallery on the Aquarium's Facebook page and the winner will be randomly selected. Contest closes June 13.

On June 18 and 19, the Aquarium will host a celebration to remember for the next 60 years. Experience the Aquarium’s rich history through special family programs and onsite displays and stop by the beautiful patio at the Waterfall Café — open to all Stanley Park visitors — for a special Ocean Wise salmon BBQ.