There is just something extremely spellbinding and enchanting about underwater life. You close your eyes and dip your head back into water and what do you hear? Silence.
There is a calm that comes over you whenever you think of being under water and that goes with the beauty and wonder of all life under the sea.
Since childhood, I have been mesmerized by underwater creatures and made it a goal to one day meet a mermaid (because after all, they totally exist, right?).
I was thrilled to hear of the opening of Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada in the heart of Toronto and thought there was no better place to visit during this past Victoria Day Long Weekend then the aquarium!
Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada is a 12,500 square-metre (135,000 square-feet) world-class family attraction with more than 5.7 million litres (1.5 million gallons) of water depicting marine and freshwater habitats from around the world.
From the majestic Kelp forests of Canada’s Pacific Northwest to the spectacular colour and abundant life of a Tropical Indo-Pacific reef, to the frigid Baffin Sea to the flooding waters of the Amazon, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada truly covers all waters of the world. More than 13,500 underwater creatures from around the globe will be on display. Exhibits include Tropical Reefs, Atlantic and Pacific Ocean Habitats, Jellyfish, Seahorses, Stingrays, and Great Lakes exhibits and much more.
Just one of the many highlights of Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada is the unique 96 metre (315 foot) long moving walkway through an acrylic tunnel deep below the 2.84 million litre (750,000 gallon) Shark Lagoon or as they call it the Dangerous Lagoon.
Here you will experience the awesome power of their predatory shark collection including 3 to 3.7 metre (10 to 12 feet) long sand tiger sharks, largetooth sawfish and dozens of other species.
This was easily my favourite place in the Aquarium and what’s great is you can relax and stand on the slow moving conveyor belt to enjoy every little bit of the lagoon or simply walk faster and through to your right. I find this helps with the traffic (and there is a lot of it here on weekdays and weekends!).
Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada in Toronto also has an extensive Education and Conservation program with dedicated learning spaces. Programs are designed to provide students and guests with an exciting and interactive educational experience while building an understanding of the aquatic world.
This is really great for kids of all ages! My five year old daughter learned a lot (as well as my husband and I) during our visit.
Ripley’s Aquarium did not disappoint and had it not been for a tired toddler’s crazy tantrum nearing the end of the aquarium, I could have stayed for much more longer! So much beauty and amazement and most importantly, it’s a fun educational visit that will intrigue even the pickiest (easily bored) child (or adult)!
To learn more about Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada in Toronto including hours, prices, etc., visit them online at: http://www.ripleyaquariums.com/canada/.
You can also check them out on Facebook, Twitter @RipleysAquaCA and Instagram.
Check out the highlights of our Family Trip to Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada in Toronto below.
Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada is located in the heart of downtown Toronto, next to the Rogers Centre and CN Tower.
288 Bremner Boulevard
Phone: (647) 351-FISH (3474)