"Believe it or not," there is an amazing aquarium within walking distance to the CN Tower! Opened in October 2013, Ripley's Aquarium of Canada is home to more than 16,000 marine animals of 450 species from around the world. This spacious aquarium of 135,000 square feet (12,500 square meters) holds more than 5.7 million liters of water and houses 57 live exhibits in nine galleries. There are more than 100 interactive displays throughout the complex, including 4 touch pools. Dive shows and aquarist talks take place daily. It's no wonder that the Ripley's Aquarium of Canada is the most visited tourist attraction in the country. Get the feel of the place in the video below.
The aquarium is organized into ten galleries: Canadian Waters, Rainbow Reef, Dangerous Lagoon, Discovery Centre, The Gallery, Ray Bay, Swarm: Nature by Numbers, Planet Jellies, Life Support Systems and the Shoreline Gallery. Marine animals that can be viewed include roughtail stingrays, green sea turles, bamboo sharks, electric eels, lined seahorses, and much more. The Dangerous Lagoon exhibit is an underwater tunnel with a moving conveyor belt, which is the aquarium's largest tank. At the Discovery Centre, visitors can take part in a variety of hands-on activities such as underwater viewing bubbles, a pop-up research submarine, and touch pools which allow visitors to touch living fossils.
The aquarium plays host to a wide variety of events and programming. At "Sting-Ray Experience and Snorkel," you can get up close and personal with stingrays. "Discovery Dive" is an exciting 30 minute guided dive in the Dangerous Lagoon. "Friday Night Jazz" is a monthly event featuring a live local band and drinks, and you can also find your zen with six-week sessions of yoga classes. Tap the link below for more information on programs at the aquarium.
Cover photo courtesy of Ripley's Aquarium