Located in Toronto, Canada, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada aims to conserve, educate, and inspire visitors of all ages while providing entertainment and fun. There are more than 16,000 aquatic and underwater creatures for visitors to discover. There are also interactive and hands-on galleries that are sure to create memories that last a lifetime.
Ripley's Aquarium of Canada, located in Toronto, is one of three aquariums owned by Ripley Entertainment. The aquarium was originally going to be built in Niagara Falls in 2004 but with the relocation of Ripley Entertainment to Toronto in 2007, the plan was changed. Construction on the aquarium began in 2011 and was officially opened in the fall of 2013.
There are currently 10 specialized salt and fresh water galleries containing a total of 1.5 million gallons of water and more than 16,000 living creatures.
Canadian Waters: This gallery features 17 specially curated underwater habitats that highlight the diversity of Canada’s Great Lakes and seas. These exhibits total more than 665,000 liters of water! This gallery is home to the largemouth bass, the giant pacific octopus, and the wolf eel.
Rainbow Reef: This gallery features more than 100 species of fish who live in the tropical, colorful waters of the Indo-Pacific Ocean. There are beautiful reefs covered with large schools of exotic fish, including the Picasso triggerfish, the emperor angelfish, and the unicorn surgeonfish.
Dangerous Lagoon: This gallery allows visitors to stand on a moving walkway that ushers them through a large glass dome filled with more than 2.5 million liters of water. Some of the oceans most fearsome animals reside in this gallery including hammerhead sharks, sand tiger sharks, and sting rays.
Discovery Center: Visitors can get their hands wet at this interactive exhibit. Get up-close-and-personal with some clown fish, play with horseshoe crabs at the touch pool, and explore the research submarine. Living fossils are the highlight of this gallery and visitors can hold and experience these rare beauties.
The Gallery: This gallery displays rare and delicate species from all over the world. There are nine exhibits with both fresh and salt water creatures including living coral. Creatures such as the red lionfish, the weedy sea dragon, and the electric eel all call this exhibit home.
Swarm: Nature by Numbers: Lots of species travel in large swarms including jellyfish, Halloween crabs, and coral catfish. There are more than 1000 underwater creatures to meet at this gallery.
Ray Bay: Visitors can explore this gallery and witness the beauty and grace of the mighty stingray. There are dozens of rays in this gallery and twice a day, visitors can even watch them get fed right out of diver’s hands. Visitors can even head to the top of the gallery, or the Shoreline Gallery, and get right up next to the rays!
Planet Jellies: This gallery is filled with hundreds of jellies that surround visitors from all sides! The huge gallery is backlit with a color-changing feature and is sure to mesmerize visitors of all ages. Jellies such as the moon jelly, the upside-down jelly, and the spotted jelly all call this gallery home.
Life Support Systems: This gallery features the effort it takes to keep the galleries functioning and the animals happy. This unique behind-the-scenes gallery educates visitors on water quality, conditions, and feeding efforts.
Shoreline Gallery: This gallery allows visitors to get in the water with sting rays or just pet them from the top of the gallery. All kinds of stingrays and sharks are swimming around awaiting the friendly touch of guests.
Programs & Education:
There are a large variety of fun and educational programs at the Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada including camps and clubs for children of all ages, adult classes, the opportunity to act as an aquarist for a day, daily dive shows, interactive experiences, and aquarist talks.
There are also lots of resources for teachers including field trips and sea scholars. Large groups can also schedule specialized tours and events to make their visit to the aquarium extra special.
For more information on how to schedule specialized tours or attend an exciting event, please visit the Aquarium’s website.
Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada participates in many conversational activities including shoreline cleanups and a wide variety of animal, coral reef, and Great Lakes conservation programs. For more information about how to get involved with these programs, please visit the Aquarium’s website.
Ripley's Aquarium of Canada, 288 Bremner Boulevard, Toronto, ON M5V 3L9 CANADA, Phone: 647-351-3474
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