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Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

Coordinates: 43°38′33″N 79°23′10″W / 43.642481°N 79.38605°W / 43.642481; -79.38605
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Ripley's Aquarium of Canada
43°38′33″N 79°23′10″W / 43.642481°N 79.38605°W / 43.642481; -79.38605
Date openedOctober 16, 2013 (10 years ago) (2013-10-16)
Location288 Bremner Boulevard
Toronto, Ontario
M5V 3L9
Floor space12,500 m2 (135,000 sq ft)
No. of animals16,000[1]
Volume of largest tank2,840,000 litres (750,000 US gal)
Total volume of tanks5,700,000 litres (1,506,000 US gal)[1]
Public transit access

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada is a public aquarium in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The aquarium is one of three aquariums owned-and-operated by Ripley Entertainment. It is located in downtown Toronto, just southeast of the CN Tower. The aquarium has 5.7 million litres (1.25 million gallons) of marine and freshwater habitats from across the world. The exhibits hold more than 20,000 exotic sea and freshwater specimens from more than 450 species.


Ripley's Aquarium a year into construction in August 2012

A Ripley's Aquarium was originally planned in 2004 to be built in Niagara Falls, Ontario,[2] next to what is now Great Wolf Lodge around 2007, but plans fell through and Ripley's eventually relocated to Toronto.[3] Construction began on the attraction in August 2011 with a final cost approaching CA$130 million.[4] The aquarium opened to the public in October 2013.[4]

The project was a partnership with three levels of government. The federal government's Canada Lands Company contributed CA$10 million to the project to develop the "John Street Corridor" linking Front Street with the aquarium, the CN Tower and the Rogers Centre. The Government of Ontario contributed CA$11 million to the project, and the City of Toronto government provided property-tax incentives amounting to between CA$8 million and CA$12 million over the first twelve years of the aquarium.[5]

Ripley's Aquarium has been the target of animal liberation groups such as TARA (Toronto Aquarium Resistance) and MAD (Marineland Animal Defence), which claim animal captivity is synonymous with animal abuse. They regularly conduct protests and demonstrations at the facility. Prominent animal conservationist Bob Timmons has also publicly spoken out against Ripley Aquarium's capture of endangered tiger sharks.


The roof of the main entrance was designed to give the illusion of the Earth's crust peeling away to reveal a window into the aquatic world.

The building features a multi-faceted shell clad in large aluminum panels, with the roof of the main entrance that "gives the illusion of the earth's crust peeling away to reveal a window into the aquatic world." There are also coloured surfaces that juxtapose reflective aluminum soffits.[6] The building was designed with special shielding so that sharks would not be disturbed by its electrical systems.


The building is located on Bremner Boulevard, to the east of the Rogers Centre, just south of the CN Tower and across the street from the Roundhouse Railway Museum. The aquarium is accessible from the Union subway station using the SkyWalk pedestrian pathway. The building does not have parking of its own. Parking is available in several underground parking garages nearby and surface parking lots. The nearest highway access is the Gardiner Expressway by exiting at York Street.


The aquarium holds 5.7 million liters (1.5 million gallons) of water and shows marine and freshwater habitats from around the world.[7] 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. It is home to more than 20,000 animals.[1]

The Dangerous Lagoon exhibit includes several species of sharks, roughtail stingrays, longcomb sawfish, and green sea turtles.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Ripley's Aquarium of Canada". Ripley's Aquarium of Canada. Retrieved December 14, 2013.
  2. ^ "Ripleys Development At Niagara Glenview Site". Niagaraglenview.com. February 28, 2004. Retrieved December 4, 2013.
  3. ^ "Ripley's considers Toronto aquarium while Falls... | Niagara Falls Review". Niagara Falls Review. January 7, 2010. Retrieved December 4, 2013.
  4. ^ a b "Ripley's Aquarium of Canada opens its doors". 680 News. October 16, 2013. Retrieved June 14, 2021.
  5. ^ "Ripley's Aquarium of Canada". Urban Toronto. Retrieved April 10, 2014.
  6. ^ "B+H Architects - Global architectural, interior, landscape, sustainability and planning design firm with offices in Toronto, Vancouver, Shanghai, Singapore, Ho Chi Minh City, Delhi, Sharjah and Dubai". B+H Architects. Retrieved August 9, 2013.
  7. ^ "Tourism Toronto | Ripley's Aquarium of Canada". Seetorontonow.com. Retrieved August 9, 2013.

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