In the Spotlight: Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada

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Experience Toronto’s newest and most exciting attraction! Containing over 5.7 million litres of water, the 12,500 square metre (135,000 square foot) interactive aquarium immerses guests in a thrilling underwater adventure that showcases more than 20,000 marine animals.

Canada’s Largest Indoor Aquarium

Open 365 days a year and seven days a week, Canada’s largest indoor aquarium features one of the world’s most extensive jellyfish exhibits, 65+ year old giant lobsters, stingray touch pools, and daily live dive shows.

From the heart-pounding experience of Dangerous Lagoon, to the hypnotic dance of Pacific Sea Nettle jellyfish at Planet Jellies, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada is captivating Torontonians as well as guests from around the world!

Top 7 Things to Do at Ripley’s Aquarium

  1. Learn about the ecosystems of Canada’s Great Lakes and surrounding seas at Canadian Waters. Begin your journey through the Aquarium by learning what life is like for the underwater creatures living beneath the surface of Lake Ontario and the other Great Lakes. Then head to the Pacific Kelp Exhibit to see a simulation of the wave conditions on the British Columbia coast. Featured sea creatures include the Largemouth Bass, American Lobster, Wolf Eel, Giant Pacific Octopus, and more.
  2. Take a heart-pounding journey through Dangerous Lagoon. The Aquarium’s most exhilarating exhibit is an experience you will never forget. Step onboard the moving sidewalk to be transported through North America’s longest underwater viewing tunnel, home to the aquarium’s most fearsome-looking animals, including Sand Tiger Sharks, Green Sawfish and Green Moray Eel. You can’t help but oooo and aaaah as the majestic creatures glide above mere feet from the top of your head. Don’t forget to take a #SharkSelfie!
  3. Enjoy a mesmerizing light show from the dancing jellyfish at Planet Jellies. With hundreds of jellies surrounding you on all sides, you will truly feel as if you’ve visited another planet at the Planet Jellies exhibit. Be hypnotized by the backlit and colour-changing displays filled with different species of jellyfish. Don’t forget to look up, where the ceiling exhibit showcases the beautiful and translucent Moon Jellies!
  4. Touch a stingray at the Shoreline Gallery. The Shoreline Gallery at the top of Ray Bay provides visitors with an educational and tactile experience like no other. Run your fingers against the silky smooth skins of the four species of stingrays, while friendly educators will teach you about these amazing creatures. You’ll fall in love at first touch!
  5. Be transported to the tropical waters of the Indo-Pacific at Rainbow Reef. This kaleidoscope of colourful fish and coral must be seen to be believed. Home to over 100 species of fish, Rainbow Reef is one of the most-bio diverse exhibits at the aquarium!
  6. Pop-up into the underwater viewing bubbles at the Discovery Centre. A favourite among kids and underwater explorers of all ages, the Discovery Centre allows visitors to crawl through underwater tunnels into transparent viewing bubbles for an up-close look at Clownfish, Palette Surgeonfish, Wobbegong also known as “carpet sharks” and more. Get your hands wet at the Horseshoe Crab touch pool where you can feel the tough shells of these extraordinary “living fossils.”
  7. Watch interactive Daily Dive Shows at Ray Bay and Rainbow Reef. Marvel at the grace of the Cownose Rays, Southern Stingrays, and Roughtail Stingrays as they coast through the water in Ray Bay and the Batfish, Unicorn Surgeonfish and Harlequin Tuskfish swim through Rainbow Reef.

Special Events and Experiences

In addition to its regular visiting hours, Ripley’s Aquarium also hosts several special events and activities.

Stingray Experience

Get up close and personal with a stingray! This two hour adventure includes:

  • Admission
  • A Behind the Scenes tour
  • An in-water experience in Ray Bay
  • A souvenir backpack and towel
  • Photos of your experience on a USB flash drive

Pricing and reservation information can be found on the Ripley’s Aquarium.

Discovery Dive

Have you ever wanted to swim with sharks? You can with the public S.C.U.B.A dive program! Guests can get up and close and personal with the sawfish, sharks, turtles and fish on a 30 minute guided dive in Dangerous Lagoon.

Pricing and reservation information can be found on the Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada website.

Sleepovers

Spend an evening exploring the Aquarium and learning about the magnificent marine animals that grace its waters. Afterwards, tuck into your sleeping bag for an unforgettable evening beneath the “Dangerous Lagoon” shark tunnel. Surrounded on all sides by sharks, stingrays, and sea turtles, this will be a slumber party to remember!

Family sleepovers are open to family groups of any size, to a maximum of 60 people. Learn more about pricing and reservation information for Family Sleepover.

Friday Night Jazz

On the second Friday of every month, Ripley’s Aquarium turns into a soulful one-of-a-kind jazz bar. Wander through the aquarium while treating your ears to live jazz music. Drop by the cash bar for refreshments and watch as the marine animals move and groove to the rhythm. It’s the perfect spot for a memorable date night.

Annual Pass

Can’t get enough Aquarium? Purchase an Annual Pass so you can keep coming back all year long!

Hours

Open all week from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

How to Get to Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada

  • By Car, East of Toronto: Take Highway 401 (MacDonald Cartier Freeway) to the Don Valley Parkway and continue south to the Gardiner Expressway. Once there travel west to the Spadina Avenue exit. Exit on Spadina traveling north and turn right (east) on Bremner Boulevard.
  • By Car, West of Toronto: Take Highway 401 (MacDonald Cartier Freeway) to Highway 427 and go south on the 427 to the Gardiner Expressway. Once there travel east to the Spadina Avenue exit. Exit on Spadina traveling north and turn right (east) on Bremner Boulevard.
  • By Car, North of Toronto: Take Highway 404 until it becomes the Don Valley Parkway. Continue south on the Don Valley Parkway to the Gardiner Expressway. Once there travel west on the Gardiner to the Spadina Avenue exit. Exit on Spadina traveling north and turn right (east) on Bremner Boulevard.
  • Where to Park: There are several parking lots within walking distance of the Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada. Parking can be found on Rees and Queens Quay, the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC), underground parking by Lower Simcoe Street, south of Bremner Boulevard, Front Street and Blue Jays Way and Blue Jays Way and Navy Warf Court.
  • By TTC: Take the subway to Union Station. Follow the SkyWalk west or walk west on the south side of Front Street to York Street or Simcoe Street. Follow York Street or Simcoe Street south to Bremner Blvd. Walk west on Bremner Blvd.
  • OR: Take the subway to St. Andrews Station. Walk west on King Street to John Street and follow John Street south, across the John Street bridge to Bremner Blvd.
  • By GO Train: Once you have arrived at Union Station, follow the SkyWalk west or walk west on the south side of Front Street to York Street or Simcoe Street. Follow York Street or Simcoe Street south to Bremner Blvd. Walk west on Bremner Blvd.
  • By UP Express: Once you have arrived at Union Station, follow the SkyWalk west or walk west on the south side of Front Street to York Street or Simcoe Street. Follow York Street or Simcoe Street south to Bremner Blvd. Walk west on Bremner Blvd.

Tickets and Places to Stay

Buy tickets online ahead of time to skip the ticket purchasing line. There are plenty of hotels available nearby to accommodate overnight stays if needed.