Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada
Discover the wonders of the water world at Toronto's newest and most thrilling attraction, Ripley's Aquarium of Canada. Containing over 5.7 million litres of water, the 12,500 square metre (135,000 square foot) interactive attraction plunges guests in a one-of-a-kind underwater adventure that showcases more than 16,000 marine animals and over 450 species. Canada's largest indoor aquarium features the biggest shark collection in North America, one of the world's most extensive jellyfish exhibits, 100+ year old giant lobsters, stingray and bamboo shark touch pools, and daily live dive shows.
Canadian Waters Gallery
The exhibit begins with the Canadian Waters Gallery featuring 17 exhibits of aquatic animals from Canada's very own backyard including extremely rare electric blue lobsters from the Atlantic Ocean, unusual Arctic Grayling, giant Pacific octopuses, and a 180-degree Pacific Kelp panel exhibit with wave-making actions that simulate the British Columbia shoreline. You’ll be impressed by the incredible collection of fish who live right here!
This is the largest exhibit in the aquarium featuring a football-field length glass viewing tunnel. You’ll find yourself nose to nose with nature’s most perfect predator: the shark. Visitors will feel like they are literally swimming among these mysterious creatures along with the green sea turtles, sawfish, and moray eels that inhabit this pool. One of the most awe-inspiring sights is the saw-wielding sawfish who lies quietly across the tunnel. A moving sidewalk guides visitors through the exhibit, giving all guests a chance to see the marine life up close. You can also choose to visit at your own pace.
Planet Jellies is where visitors will be mesmerized by the hypnotic dance of Pacific sea nettle jellyfish which illuminate in an array of breathtaking colours from within the world's largest kreisel tank. These simple yet complex creatures will take your breath away.
The 420,000 litre Rainbow Reef tank features over 60 varieties of colourful species from the Caribbean and Indo-Pacific regions. Get an up-close look at tangs, surgeonfish, angles, butterfly fish, damsels, chromis, and the popular clownfish (Nemo!). This exhibit offers an interactive dive show every other hour, with divers that communicate via microphone to visitors outside the habitats.
Fun and friendly educators will help you make contact, while teaching you about the amazing creatures at your fingertips. This is a great chance for kids to get their hands wet and play with stingrays, horseshoe crabs, and various types of smaller sharks. There are several touch tanks throughout the Aquarium.
Kids have a place at Ripley’s Aquarium they can call their own. The fun-for-all-ages Discovery Centre is an area where little ones can take a break from the exhibits and have some educational fun. Here young visitors will find a tsunami simulator, Great Lakes locks exhibit, yellow 'research' submarine, Shark Reef crawl tunnel, and bubble peekaboo pop-ups among adorable puffer fish or the ever-popular clown fish aquariums. Guests can also interact with horseshoe crabs in the touch pool.
Dozens of sting rays playfully swim across a large viewing area and to the surface of the interactive Ray touch pool. Feel the wonder as these graceful fish glide effortlessly through the water and under your fingertips.
The Gallery features exotic marine life such as the delicate sea horse and leafy sea dragons, as well as some of the world's most poisonous fish - piranhas, lionfish, and stone fish. Gaze in awe at the dazzling display of coral. You’ll be transported to another world hidden in the sea with an intensely colourful array of aquatic life that encompasses the coral reef.
Life Support System
The tour ends with a unique view of a gallery which showcases the life support and filtration equipment used to maintain this state-of-the-art Aquarium. Visitors can get a behind the scenes look at actual Life Support System of two of the Aquarium's largest tanks; Dangerous Lagoon and Ray Bay.
Ripley’s Aquarium is open 365 days a year. It is located right next to the CN Tower and across from Rogers Centre. Ticket prices start from $29.98 for Adults, $19.98 for Youths and Seniors, and $9.98 for Children (Ages 3-5). Children ages 2 and under receive complimentary admission when accompanied by an adult. The Aquarium also hosts specials events such as birthday parties for kids and sleepovers.
For more information, visit www.ripleysaquariumofcanada.com.
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