Ripley's Aquarium of Canada in Toronto, ON

288 Bremner BlvdToronto, ON M5V 3L9
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Total Price: $50.58 (CAD)
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Overview

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada is an expansive 135,000-square-foot home to more than 20,000 aquatic animals representing over 450 different species. Located in downtown Toronto, this Ontario aquarium features hands-on activities, an underwater viewing tunnel the size of a football field, giant sharks, green sea turtles, moray eels, jellyfish, and more.

up to 4 hrs 1 or more people

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Toronto Travel Experts
  • Ripley's Aquarium of Canada in Toronto is home to over 20,000 marine animals, representing 450 species.
  • Enjoy live dive shows, touch a stingray, and immerse yourself in a mesmerizing underwater tunnel surrounded by majestic creatures.
  • Allow about 2 to 3 hours to fully enjoy your visit, but you may stay as long as you like during operating hours.
  • Nearby parking is available at the Southcore Financial Centre and Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC).
  • A family-friendly attraction where infants ages one and under visit free!
  • Please note that children ages 13 and under must be accompanied by a guest aged 14 or older to enter the aquarium.
  • Once your ticket has been scanned you cannot leave and re-enter.
  • Take pictures and videos with your handheld camera, but avoid using flash photography for best results.
  • Outside food and beverages are not permitted, but you can purchase food and drinks at Ripley's Cafe.

Description

from Ripley's Aquarium of Canada
Located near the base of the CN Tower in the heart of downtown Toronto, Ripley's Aquarium of Canada is the country's largest indoor aquarium. Immerse yourself in a world of 20,000 aquatic animals and discover your own underwater adventure.

Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada features North America’s longest underwater viewing tunnel with more than 5.7 million liters of water, and over 100 interactive activities. Get up close and personal with interactive experiences including touch tanks and live dive shows, and learn more from an expert during an Aquarist Talk.

This awe-inspiring attraction houses 11 carefully curated galleries and exhibits showcasing a cross-section of saltwater and freshwater environments from around the world – starting with species from Toronto’s backyard, the Great Lakes basin.

Canadian Waters: The Canadian Waters gallery takes you on a coast-to-coast journey through freshwater wilds, local fisheries, and kelp forests. Along the way, you’ll see more than 80 aquatic species, learn about invasive grass carp, and visit the giant Pacific octopus. From the Great Lakes — which account for 20% of the world’s fresh water — to the three oceans surrounding the coasts, it’s no wonder Canada’s marine habitats are home to such a variety of flora and fauna!

Rainbow Reef: Be swept away to an inviting oasis at Rainbow Reef! An explosion of color mesmerizes in this vibrant collection of tropical fish.

Dangerous Lagoon: An exhilarating experience you will never forget! Begin in an underwater tunnel weaving through the gallery to see the home of many different species of sharks.

Discovery Centre: Pop into the underwater viewing bubbles to get a closer look at the Pufferfish and Clownfish and be sure to touch a "living fossil in the Horseshoe Crab touch pool. While in the Discovery Centre - enjoy a quick bite to eat at Ripley's Cafe.

Ray Bay: Watch with wonder as the graceful stingrays glide through the water in Ray Bay. Experience a live dive show that will give you a glimpse into their world.

Planet Jellies: With eight different tanks featuring jellies surrounding you, this transfixing gallery will mesmerize and delight you with its color-changing displays.

The Gallery: As you stroll through The Gallery, be sure to take a close look into every exhibit – the masters of camouflage live here! You will not only find stunning fish in technicolour hues, you will be witnessing the incredible adaptations that help them survive. From bloated pufferfish, the Gallery is home to all different types of aquatic animals. These delicate species are from all over the world, and there is still much waiting to be discovered.

Shoreline Gallery: The Shoreline Gallery is located at the top of Ray Bay. Guests will have the opportunity to closely observe, interact with and even gently touch four species of stingrays!

Life Support System: Explore the magic behind your aquatic experience in the Life Support Systems (LSS) gallery. By bringing a significant amount of pumping and filtration equipment out into the public areas, the Aquarium offers visitors a unique opportunity to see how its complex environment is maintained.

Kelp Forest: Be mesmerized by the Pacific Kelp Forest, featuring a wave maker that simulates surge conditions of the British Columbia shoreline. Kelp forests provide food and shelter for a wide variety of ocean dwellers that can be spotted in this two-story exhibit.

Shipwrecks: Explore the aquatic animals and invasive species that live amidst mysterious shipwrecks such as Canada's most notorious naval disasters, the Edmund Fitzgerald. From peacock mantis shrimp to giant isopods, a world of marine species awaits, along with carefully curated artifacts and video footage from the sea floor.


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Frequently Asked Questions about Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

Where is Ripley's Aquarium of Canada?

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada is located at the base of the CN Tower in the heart of downtown Toronto at 288 Bremner Blvd, Toronto, ON M5V 3L9, Canada.

Is there parking?

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada does not operate its own parking lot but does offer two accessible on-site parking spaces on a first-come, first-serve basis and subject to availability. Nearby paid parking is available at the Southcore Financial Centre (18 York Street) and Metro Toronto Convention Centre (Lower Simcoe St.).

How long does it take to tour the aquarium?

The self-guided tour usually takes approximately 2 to 3 hours. However, time can vary from person to person and you're welcome to stay as long as you like during operating hours.

Can I bring outside food and drinks? Are they available on site?

Outside food and drinks are not permitted inside. However, you can purchase a variety of food and refreshments at Ripley's on-site cafe and vending machines.

Are tickets required for children under two years old?

No, infants ages one and under are admitted to the aquarium for free.

Is there a coat check or cubbies to store personal items?

A coat check is available.

Can I bring pets to the aquarium?

No, only service animals are permitted inside. Official paperwork may be requested. Guests with support animals are encouraged to contact Guest Services before their date of visit.

Can I take pictures and videos?

Yes, as long as it is not for commercial use. Please note that the aquarium only permits handheld cameras and no additional equipment.

Are strollers, wagons and backpack-style child carriers allowed inside?

Strollers and backpack-style child carriers are allowed in the aquarium. However, oversized strollers and backpack-style carriers might not be allowed on busy days as they can pose a risk to other visitors. Wagons or other pull vehicles are not permitted inside.

Is the aquarium wheelchair accessible?

Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada is fully wheelchair accessible. They also have a limited number of manual wheelchairs available at Guest Services for use free of charge with a government issued photo ID. Your ID will be collected and given back upon return of the wheelchair.