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Victoria Bug Zoo

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Neighbourhood: Downtown
Features Animals
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Address: 631 Courtney St, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1B8, Canada
Phone Number:
+1 250-384-2847
11:00 - 17:00
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Mon - Fri 11:00 - 16:00
Sat - Sun 11:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

The Victoria Bug Zoo opened its doors in 1997 and has been showing visitors...

The Victoria Bug Zoo opened its doors in 1997 and has been showing visitors of downtown Victoria our awe-inspiring bugs ever since. A visit to this must-see mini zoo offers an excellent opportunity to view and experience live tropical bugs from around the world. All the animals are alive and in tanks.

Discover roughly 50 fascinating species including giant walking sticks, beautiful praying mantis, glow-in-the-dark scorpions, hairy tarantulas, and Canada’s largest ant colony. Knowledgeable tour guides will introduce you to the wonderful world of bugs, give a wealth of information about the animals on display, and provide a safe bug handling experience for the more adventurous. You can choose the level of interaction you have with our friendly animals. Don’t forget your camera to document this unique experience! The displays are ever changing so come in and be amazed by the extensive collection of invertebrates from around the world any time of the year.

This stop is sure to thrill everyone; from children, adults, bug-lovers to even the more skeptical visitors! Tours always in progress, so no matter when you come, you are always right on time.

Don’t miss this unforgettable, hands-on adventure while in Victoria, BC!

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We visited the bug zoo while visiting Victoria. Affordable and very passionate and friendly staff. Learned quite a few things about bigs and even got to hold a few with a visit!

Reviewed 3 days ago
Julie D
Stann Creek, Belize
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Stann Creek, Belize
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited the bug zoo while visiting Victoria. Affordable and very passionate and friendly staff. Learned quite a few things about bigs and even got to hold a few with a visit!

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Victoria, Canada
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A hidden gem. Lots to see. Interesting descriptions given by the staff. A chance to hold some bugs. Not a large space but packed with lots of different species. It's warm and humid inside, so hang coats up in the entrance.

Thank retcannav
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My fiancee and I came here on a whim as we wanted to get out of the rain - and it was worth it! The staff were very knowledgeable about the different bugs that they had in the zoo and you get to hold most of the ones they had on display! They were very conscious of making sure that... More 

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Olympia, Washington
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a well worth attraction for your children. Lots of bugs to see and touch! The tour guides were very knowledgeable on all insects on display. I recommend this place for your children to experience.

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BC, Canada
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have to say that prior to coming here, I really didn't give much thought to bugs or find them very interesting to look at. Although it is quite a small space, this zoo has many different bugs - all alive - to see and hold. The guide was so good with young and older children. She was patient and... More 

1 Thank cantravellor
Salt Spring Island, Canada
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Was lots of fun! My sweetie "faced her fear" and held a very nice tarantula!!! They are very well behaved critters! Our guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. We spent around 1 1/2 hours there and the time just flew by. The ant tunnels/tanks where especially interesting and I learned a lot about them that I didn't know or even... More 

1 Thank John W
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My son celebrated his 9th birthday on March 8 at the bug zoo. The zoo guide we had "Jeannie", was enthusiastic and entertaining. My son loves insects, and although we are locals, this was his first time to the bug zoo. He loved the tour and his party. They get the bugs out and let you hold and touch. This... More 

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Tacoma, Washington
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's $12 to go into the Victoria Bug Zoo - but like the bugs they exhibit, it is small and mighty!! The staff does a fantastic job of teaching and sharing the bugs with you. Some of them you might get to hold. (Or if you're a chicken like me, some of them you might not want to hold) Kids... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went to get out of the cold and rain with kids and enjoyed the visit. The staff are hands-on and very engaging. If you just walk past the exhibits is one thing, but spending time listening to the staff and holding the creatures makes it much more memorable.

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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wonderful exhibit with many different types of insects. We are both adults and enjoyed it very much. The kids in attendance were VERY engaged.

1 Thank Susan L

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