This article was published on June 1st, 2014
Rainbow Reef, Planet Jellies, and Touch Tanks… no, these aren’t the names of new gay bars in Toronto, but they some of the coolest galleries at Canada’s largest and brand new indoor aquarium, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada. It’s one of the hottest and most anticipated attractions to open this year in Toronto, and it’s easy to see why.
Home to over 16,000 animals in nine distinct galleries, walking through the 12,500 sq metre (135,000 sq ft), facility will leave you memorized. All told, there are 13,500 exotic salt and freshwater specimens from over 450 different species. It’s mindblowing. Keeping them all alive is a 5.7 million litre (1.5 million gallon), state-of-the-art filtration system, which runs 24 hours / day, 7 days per week.
The tour starts off with a fantastic tour of Canadian waters. It’s a diverse collection of fresh and salt water life, highlighting both common and unique species in Canada. The gallery portrays Canada’s diversity of underwater life, from sharks and shellfish, to eels and bass.
The tour continues through amazing two-story tanks with kelp reaching for the surface, to over a dozen hands-on displays to learn about life below the waters surface. Each exhibit gives a glimpse into under water life from around the world, from the vivid colours of the tropical fish to the frightening jaws of sharks larger than people!
One of the coolest zones is going through the Dangerous Lagoon, an underwater tunnel where sharks, rays and other fish swim all around you. It’s like taking a walk on the ocean floor!
Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada is located right below the CN Tower and is easily accessible by transit, walking or by car. Soon it will be connected through Toronto’s underground PATH network of cooridors, making it even easier to get to.
Adult tickets for Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada are $29.98 (plus 12% HST). It’s a great deal considering you can easily find yourself spending hours touring through each of the galleries. Make an afternoon of it and have some fun!
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