SHIPPAGAN (GNB) – The New Brunswick Aquarium and Marine Centre in Shippagan will open for the season with a public celebration beginning at 1 p.m. on Sunday, June 2.

“We are starting the season with a bang,” said Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries Minister Ross Wetmore. "The New Brunswick Aquarium and Marine Centre is a must-see tourist attraction, and the latest addition for this year will be a youth-themed pop-up dome tank. Visitors slipping under this tank will have the impression of being and breathing underwater.”

This new addition, combined with the harbour seal tank and touch tank, aims to offer visitors a memorable experience in a fun-themed environment.

“The New Brunswick Aquarium and Marine Centre is a premier tourist attraction in the Acadian Peninsula,” said Tourism, Heritage and Culture Minister Robert Gauvin. “It also plays an important role in educating and informing visitors about our aquatic environment.”

The 2019 season will feature activity days, such as World Oceans Day on Saturday, June 8; Taste of Land and Sea Day on Friday, July 19; and Kids' Day on Saturday, Aug. 17.

The aquarium also has extended operating hours this year, with visitors welcome from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week.

The 37th season of the New Brunswick Aquarium and Marine Centre runs until Sept. 28.

More information is available online.