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Vancouver aquarium is closing its doors to the public indefinitely

The Vancouver Aquarium is closing its doors to the public once again due to ongoing financial struggles.

The major tourist attraction located in Stanley Park will temporarily pause its public programming as of Sept. 7 for an indefinite time period, according to a Monday press release.

Ocean Wise called it "the most financially challenging time" in Vancouver Aquarium's 64-year history.

More than 200 people will be laid off as a result of the closure, CBC News reports.

The aquarium publicly announced its ongoing financial struggles in April, about a month after it temporarily closed to the public due to the pandemic on March 17.

At the time, the non-profit estimated its monthly operating costs at just over $1 million.

The aquarium reopened in late June after receiving a $2 million boost from the federal government, but it seems that the cash injection wasn't enough to keep the beloved institution open.

The aquarium is currently home to over 70,000 animals, including sea lions, sea otters, seals, dolphins, penguins and sharks. 

The animals will continue to receive care from a team of 75 specialized staff during the closure.

Lead photo by

Ocean Wise

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