The city of North Vancouver in British Columbia, Canada is missing an attraction on its waterfront and the mayor of the city thinks that a branch of the popular Vancouver Aquarium would be a good fit. According to a report in the North Shore News, Mayor Darrell Mussatto wants to add an aquarium on the waterfront at the base of the city’s Lonsdale Avenue.
Mussatto divulged his idea publicly at a city council meeting this week where he said that he has been discussing the idea with officials at the aquarium. He noted that the officials were “very interested in having a satellite location” in North Vancouver. Mussatto said that he spoke with John Nightingale, CEO of the Vancouver Aquarium after a plan for a proposed National Maritime Centre fell through two years ago, and spoke with Nightingale again last week. Mussatto said that the CEO was intrigued with the idea and that it might be a great opportunity for the aquarium. The mayor envisions an education-oriented facility about 10-15,000 square feet that would feature fish and marine life. All the talks have been informal, but the mayor hopes to present something more concrete to the city council soon.