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Bonne Bay Marine Station

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Address: 1 Clarkes Lane, Norris Point, Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland and Labrador A0K 3V0, Canada
Phone Number: +1 709-458-2550
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A world-class research and teaching facility, the Bonne Bay Marine Station...

A world-class research and teaching facility, the Bonne Bay Marine Station on Newfoundland's breath-taking west coast is dedicated to expanding knowledge of marine ecology. Take an interactive tour of our aquarium and observe some of the marine plants and animals living in Bonne Bay. We will introduce you to fragile marine plankton, the "saltwater soup" of our oceans. Get your hands wet among the sea stars, coralline algae, hermit crabs, and other curious creatures living in our ever popular touch tank. Storyboards, underwater footage, and interactive displays inform visitors about our latest research endeavors. Tours are provided by knowledgeable, friendly, student interpreters, and are approximately 45 minutes in duration.

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nice side visit after eating at the little red chip wagon

this was an enlightening visit on local marine life and the fisherman way of life. take the guide tour is the best way to get most of the visit. Our guide was very enthused about... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Ontario.canada
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Ontario.canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

this was an enlightening visit on local marine life and the fisherman way of life. take the guide tour is the best way to get most of the visit. Our guide was very enthused about there work and research at this university local marine station. This was an impromptu visit as it is located beside the fame local chip wagon... More 

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St. John's, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

There is a touch tank in the main area which is great for kids. There is a closed aquarium room also on the main floor that you can ask the staff to take you through and they will explain all of the organisms in the tanks. Great staff, lots to see and very educational!!

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Oakville, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

We enjoyed the exhibits at this museum and the views of the harbour. The staff some of whom were students at Memorial University were very knowledgeable. Would recommend this for a visit

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London, Ontario
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016 via mobile

We visited the Bonne Bay Marine Station off season and really enjoyed the tour of the back room with some of the sealife under research. The blue lobster was beautiful and it was fun to touch the various creatures. The exhibits are well done and the information about global warming and climate change is interesting and scary at the same... More 

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Barrington, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

This is really a nice place to visit. The staff is very knowledgable and friendly. It's worth the time to take the quick tour of the tanks. There are some species that you don't see very often.

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Blind Bay, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016

We chanced upon the aquarium in mid-September which is shortly before it closes for the season. We took the guided tour of the aquarium and it taught us a lot that we thought we already knew--but didn't! A great value--especially for us seniors.

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Sudbury, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

Nice tour of the touch tanks. Our guide was knowledgeable, and patient. It was interesting to learn about all of the sea life. Well set up museum. Would love to bring the grandkids.

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Prince George, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016 via mobile

Knowledgeable friendly staff help educate visitors about the sea life in Bonne Bay. There is a touch tank which is fun to explore.

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Bowmanville, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

As retired science teachers, the Bonne Bay Marine Station was fascinating. We greatly enjoyed the tour provided by a marine biology student from Memorial University. He was enthusiastic, extremely knowledgable, and able to answer all of our questions about local marine ecology.

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Northern Alberta
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016

We dropped in to the Aquarium to see the lobsters. We got way more than that with the free tour which operates every half hour. Our guide, a masters student in Marine Biology, gave a passionate and well informed presentation about the ecology of the area before leading us through all the aquariums to introduce the fish, crabs, lobsters and... More 

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