The Vancouver Aquarium located in Stanley Park opened in 1956 and was the first aquarium in Canada. This aquarium was the first one in the world to display an orca (though they banned orca capture in ‘96 and haven’t had one in residence since ‘01).
Stanley ParkStanley Park, Vancouver, BC V6G 1Z4, Canada
The Vancouver Zoo dates back to 1888 when the first superintendent of Stanley Park kept a black bear cub chained to a stump. The zoo grew over the years as more animals were donated until its closure in 1996 when citizens voted to close down the facility. The last remaining structure is the polar bear grotto which was built in 1962 to house Tuk, who was also the final resident of the zoo after it closed until his death in 1997.