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Ripley's releases more details about Toronto Aquarium

Posted by Derek Flack / August 17, 2011

Ripley's Aquarium Toronto CanadaThe official groundbreaking for Toronto's new aquarium took place earlier today, which means there are finally some more details to share about the project that's already under construction at the base of the CN Tower. Expected to be finished in 2013, the $130-million attraction will receive funding from all three levels of government, including $11-million from the province of Ontario and between $8- to $12 million from the City of Toronto in the form of property tax incentives over a 12-year period. The Canada Lands company, who owns the land on which the aquarium is being built, will also kick in "more than $10 million to redevelop the John Street corridor that includes new signage and improved access which will increase and enhance the flow of pedestrian traffic from Front Street," according to a press release issued today.

Among the aquarium's many features, it'll include a 96-metre-long moving walkway through a see-through tunnel that runs below the so-called shark lagoon, which will be inhabited by sand tiger sharks but no great whites (sorry Jaws fans). Although it won't start out fully stocked, the 5.7 million litre attraction will be able to accommodate 13,500 sea creatures, or about 450 total species. Ripley's also plans to implement breeding and conservation programs for endangered species, which will include a tag and track program for sand tiger sharks.

So what you do think? Will this become a premier destination?

Highlights from today's announcement (from press release)

  • The Aquarium will be one of the largest in North America, with a capacity of 5.7-million litres (1.5-million gallons)
  • The main exhibition space will include a tropical reef tank, along with Great Lakes exhibits and Atlantic and Pacific habitats
  • It will also feature aquatic life-support systems with special recovery basins that reclaim, clean and re-use water;
  • Marine and freshwater science education and conservation programs designed to build understanding of the aquatic world
  • Trained educators throughout the facility to answer questions and point out special areas of interest
  • Aquarium construction is projected to create more than 600 jobs, generating an immediate economic impact of more than $50 million, $35 million of which will be labour income. In addition, during the two-year construction timeline the project is forecasted to generate more than $25 million in taxes for all three levels of government;
  • When operational, the Aquarium will generate 300 to 350 jobs and have a projected annual economic impact of more than $35 million on GDP;
  • During the first 20 years of operation, the Aquarium is expected to generate more than $220 million in tax revenues for all three levels of government.
  • The Aquarium will be open 365-days-a-year, starting in the summer of 2013

More renderings

Main Lobby:
Ripley's Aquarium Canada

Shark Lagoon and tunnel:
Ripley's Aquarium Canada

Tropical Reef:
Ripley's Aquarium Canada

Exterior view on Bremner side:
Ripley's Aquarium Canada

Discussion

178 Comments

sanjay / August 17, 2011 at 02:57 pm
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best idea evar!!

very excited this is coming to Toronto (and not somewhere in Suburbia)
Cyril / August 17, 2011 at 03:04 pm
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As a life-long fishkeeper myself, I'm really excited about this.
Fig / August 17, 2011 at 03:07 pm
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I'm really looking forward to Toronto having an aquarium. Our city will benefit from a first-class tourist attraction.
skeeter / August 17, 2011 at 03:07 pm
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i am totally doing acid in that tunnel.
Dmitri replying to a comment from skeeter / August 17, 2011 at 03:12 pm
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lol +1 skeeter.

I finally know now what that construction site is all about. Hope it's gonna be done soon, about 5min walk from my home!
Beana / August 17, 2011 at 03:13 pm
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another giant leap backwards for Toronto
B / August 17, 2011 at 03:14 pm
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Are non-caucasians also welcomed at the aquarium?
Ripley's graphic designers need to attend a diversity workshop.
Cliff S / August 17, 2011 at 03:14 pm
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Location; by the base of the CN Tower, do they mean the area between the MTCC-South and the CN Tower where the skywalk exits - or closer to the tower?
Yan replying to a comment from Beana / August 17, 2011 at 03:16 pm
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Are you serious??? Wow...
Anonymous replying to a comment from B / August 17, 2011 at 03:17 pm
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With the exception of the aquarium tunnel rendering, there does not seem to be a specific ethnicity represented in the diagrams.

I don't think the rendering artist meant any harm.
Jason replying to a comment from B / August 17, 2011 at 03:20 pm
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I don't see any Ukrainians represented, nor any Bhutanese, Samoan or Lizard People either.
lovesit / August 17, 2011 at 03:37 pm
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loves it!
Sharky replying to a comment from Jason / August 17, 2011 at 03:39 pm
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I thought I saw a lizard child in the 'Main Lobby'. Still trying to confirm...
Myself / August 17, 2011 at 03:39 pm
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The tunnel will hopefully be larger. Can't imagine walking there during a crowded day.
Glass Blower / August 17, 2011 at 03:40 pm
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I just hope they don't use the same glass suppliers/installers as all those condo's, recently.
Tom / August 17, 2011 at 03:43 pm
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96 meter tunnel? That's nearly a football field in length - that far longer than any I've ever seen.
Short Fat Disabled replying to a comment from B / August 17, 2011 at 03:50 pm
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I agree! The artist clearly hates fat people, midgets, and the disabled... let's boycott the aquarium! That'll teach 'em!
Hater replying to a comment from Beana / August 17, 2011 at 03:51 pm
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typical Toronto hatred of new and interesting ideas
B / August 17, 2011 at 03:56 pm
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I also don't see represented our new insect overlords! Surely these aquarium tunnels will be converted into their sugar mines.

p.s. BlogTO: lighten up :)
RebelScum replying to a comment from B / August 17, 2011 at 04:11 pm
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And not a single Puerto Rican sea cucumber. Ripley's is a bunch of Fishists.
Fig replying to a comment from Glass Blower / August 17, 2011 at 04:12 pm
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No worries Glass Blower - I heard the glass supplier that Lanterra Developments used is out of business.
kstop / August 17, 2011 at 04:19 pm
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This is awesome. By the time my kid's a toddler, we can take him to the shark tunnel! Nice to have some good news about Toronto for a change.
Kris / August 17, 2011 at 04:46 pm
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I find nothing appealing about this, quite the opposite really. Unless the true focus is on preservation of marine species (which is highly unlikely) this will be a passing fad. People are waking up to the reality that marine life is on the brink of collapse and these kinds of attractions often contribute to it, not to mention the suffering endured by the species they acquire. Transportation of the marine life is not a pleasant experience. No, I am not a self-loathing Torontonian. I love Toronto. For me, this does not represent the progressive Toronto I want to live in.
Sam replying to a comment from Kris / August 17, 2011 at 05:04 pm
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Save the world then and stop complaining. Typical Toronto hatred, and it's YOUR Toronto to boot. This aquarium isn't single handedly destroying the marine population, over-fishing is.
animalliberation / August 17, 2011 at 05:07 pm
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I hate this idea. I believe animals do not deserve to be penned up in tanks for our entertainment. Zoos, aquariums, etc should be banned in Toronto.
AnimalsRfood / August 17, 2011 at 05:13 pm
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I think they should have a nice seafood restaurant attached so we can pick out the fish we would like to eat and then watch someone cook it in front of our eyes. That's my (tasty) Toronto
-Rob Ford
raymi / August 17, 2011 at 05:27 pm
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exciting. can't wait to recreate brilliant photoshopped shark lagoon poses. uh nice comments though ^ will be awesome when kids go back to school.
Limousine Services in Toronto / August 17, 2011 at 05:42 pm
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Can't imagine walking there during a crowded day.
Hernando replying to a comment from B / August 17, 2011 at 06:37 pm
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Give me a break. Touchy much? It's a rendering for crying out loud.
dereen replying to a comment from Hernando / August 17, 2011 at 07:07 pm
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would you think it odd if the graphic was all people of african descent? asian? I think you would question it - and, rightfully so. Having all caucasian people is the same thing - it must be questioned and challenged.

As for the aquarium - I have problems with the captivity of animals like this - but, I am glad to see something at the base of the CN tower. Last time I was there it was really depressing - embarrasing for the city really - such a waste of a great location.
T / August 17, 2011 at 07:17 pm
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Says a lot about us that we like to keep animals in captivity and then gawk at them. The people extolling this idea remind me of Cletus on The Simpsons: "Hyuk, hyuk, look at them funny-looking fishy things!"

Taylor replying to a comment from Limousine Services in Toronto / August 17, 2011 at 07:26 pm
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"Can't imagine walking there during a crowded day."

My thoughts exactly. It's bad right now, especially when Jays' games let out.

@Cliffs The skywalk exit south is cut off presently. You have to wind down a dangerous maze of yellow construction taped stairs via doors on the side of the walkway. It basically looks like a bomb was dropped in front of the CN Tower south and east of Rogers Centre (near Gate 6) and a fence was erected around it with blue aquarium advertising on it.
Jeff / August 17, 2011 at 07:27 pm
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I can't believe anyone would be against this... it adds one more attraction downtown, which will be great for tourism. It'll be packed with school graduation trips every May and June, that's for sure.
Redkulat / August 17, 2011 at 07:41 pm
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Superb idea, especially for a long time aquarium lover!
Toronto Todd / August 17, 2011 at 07:43 pm
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Love the idea, hate the name. Love the idea, because great a place as Toronto is to live, there isn't as much for tourists (especially kids) to do as we think there is. An aquarium can only help. Also, it ensures that a condo won't be built directly to the east of the CN Tower. So, yeah! This is probably a strawman on my part, but I do hope this project doesn't get sidetracked by protests from animal rights activists.

On the other hand, Ripley's Aquarium Canada? CANADA?! Yes, of course the T-Dot is in Canada, but I would like to think the City can stand up in its own right. How's about Ripley's Aquarium Toronto? The one in Tennessee is called "Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies." That's a great name - I wish ours were called that instead.
Matthew Fabb replying to a comment from Kris / August 17, 2011 at 07:55 pm
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Kris: "People are waking up to the reality that marine life is on the brink of collapse..."

I would imagine that something like this would help teach a very large amount of people about marine life and perhaps take more of an interest in conservation. I've certainly been to other aquariums where they hand out pamphlets about which sea food species to avoid eating as they are being over-fished to the verge of extinction.

This isn't Marine Land, where the animals have to do tricks for the public's amusement, but an aquarium where they generally have a heavy education side to them.
Taylor / August 17, 2011 at 08:15 pm
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Add in a wax museum/haunted house, and a waterfall feature, and they would have had me at hello.

Are they going to choose a lucky tourist from the crowd to put their head under water and get kissed by a shark?
Josh / August 17, 2011 at 08:51 pm
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AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!! Can't wait!
kay replying to a comment from Beana / August 17, 2011 at 09:59 pm
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It's sad that Toronto is allowing another captivity facility like an aquarium. There's already enough problems with the zoos and farms here where animals are kept in deplorable conditions for their entire lives.
morga / August 17, 2011 at 09:59 pm
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Attention fish lovers. Education about marine life makes people appreciate them and take more interest in preservation. Learning from a book makes people indifferent. I do not support Sea world or training animals for entertainment as there is so much out there in the modern world to entertain people. But this seems to be a human education centre, which in my eyes is nothing but positive. That and it looks f'ing awesome and Toronto has needed a new attraction for a while. Very exciting.
Loshad replying to a comment from kay / August 17, 2011 at 10:02 pm
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another pseudoanimallover.
Joe / August 17, 2011 at 10:25 pm
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One of the largest my eye! Why can't Toronto ever have a world class attraction? This aquarium will be only 1/3 the size of the Shedd aquarium in Chicago. If you want serious tourist revenue, build the best in the world. Go for the gold. Stop settling for 10th place!
morga replying to a comment from Joe / August 17, 2011 at 10:39 pm
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"1/3 the size of the Shedd aquarium in Chicago" - Yes because bigger always means better, right?
Neil replying to a comment from Joe / August 17, 2011 at 11:37 pm
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Actually Toronto is the 9th worst place to live in the world, according to the UBS AG survey that just came out today. The study looked at price levels, wage levels and domestic purchasing power. So we pay too much, don't make enough money, and generally suck.

The good news is Montreal almost sucks as bad as us, but not quite. Hooray!! We win!
Soren / August 17, 2011 at 11:40 pm
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Animals aren't entertainment.
iSkyscraper / August 18, 2011 at 12:12 am
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I'm nervous about this. I've lived in London and New York for nearly 15 yrs now as an ex-pat, and I can tell you that New Yorkers and Londoners have about as much interest in visiting Toronto as they do in Cleveland. It's a big city, sure, but it's also flat, vaguely bland and located somewhere north of the dull American midwest. When they do get there, they find Toronto suprisingly expensive, dirtier than expected, and other than crime lacking anything you wouldn't find a better version of in Chicago. Pleasant neighbourhoods and "shabby urbanism" is not something easily put in a brochure... The city is white-bread boring for many tourists and needs more attractions.

So I'm certainly pro-aquarium. I'm just not necessarily pro-Ripley Aquarium. This thing will be mucho expensive ($35 min) and have none of the educational mission of the ROM or Zoo or Science Center. It is a pale, very commercial knock-off of a first-class non-profit aquarium like the Georgia Aquarium or Vancouver Aquarium or the Shedd. And while I love the downtown location vs something subruban, the base of the CN Tower is a bit tourist-trappish.

I just don't know -- an aquarium is better than no aquarium, but I don't want to see the city made to look bad. The main Toronto draw for most distant tourists remains Niagara Falls -- but do we really want to bring Clifton Street into the core?
morga replying to a comment from Neil / August 18, 2011 at 12:13 am
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Woops ignore this one - http://news.nationalpost.com/2011/04/25/toronto-mississauga-win-‘cities-of-the-future’-ranking/
iSkyscraper / August 18, 2011 at 12:16 am
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I should clarify the above -- "I should have said New Yorkers and Londoners have about as much interest in visiting Toronto as they do Cleveland", not "in Cleveland". I didn't mean to imply internationals sharing as much interest in Toronto as Clevelanders, who actually have huge interest in visiting Toronto. Since there is nothing else near the northern rust-belt that resembles a working, vibrant city Toronto does quite well with that regional market (just go see who is staying at the Delta Chelsea). But in Alpha cities Toronto is blah -- their interest lies with Montreal (tres sexy, joie de vivre, histoire) and Vancouver (mountains+Caprica).
nobody cares / August 18, 2011 at 01:39 am
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Toronto is for the people who actually live here, not as a tourist mecca for people from London and New York. Tourist dollars are great, but we can't just make shit up about how awesome Toronto is to come visit. Why would someone fly around the world to come to an aquarium anyway?

Its just not a touristy place; not location-wise, and not history-wise. We don't have the grand buildings built on the back on colonialism, we don't have mountains, we don't have a lot of things.

what we do have is a pretty nice city, and a cool place to live. People that move here from out of town/province/country seem to like Toronto a lot, you just need to actually be here for a while to find out what is so great about it.

Vancouver may have mountains, Montreal may have whatever the hell it has, but neither of them are as bustling and teeming with life as Toronto. And if some dickhead from Croydon would rather go to Cleveland, let him. I'm sure he'll have a great time.
fishfriendTLC / August 18, 2011 at 02:27 am
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Terrific...yet another tourist attraction jammed into the core of the city, when we have tons of easily accessible areas on the outskirts. And yet another attraction that most families won't be able to afford. Ie zoo, science centre, wonderland, etc
And this time we are going to screw with the much abused coral reefs and the not really understood marine life, for our entertainment/?/!!! (Remember the cod, folks?)
Niklas / August 18, 2011 at 07:28 am
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@ fishfriendTLC - You do realise tourists are mostly in the downtown core right? I bet a lot of tourists skip out on the science centre because its too far out of the way.

@ iSkyscraper - London and New York are also far bigger than what Toronto is, why would they want to visit when their home towns offer pretty much everything Toronto offers. That's like being surprised when people in Toronto doesn't desire to visit Ottawa.
Gabe replying to a comment from Soren / August 18, 2011 at 08:04 am
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Animals are food and animals are educational.

Plants aren't meant to live in Green houses either!!
iggy / August 18, 2011 at 08:21 am
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This is awesome, and for those who aren’t in favor as it relates to the direction Toronto is going, or upset about the cultural or lack of cultural diversity this aquarium will have, then move! It's an awesome idea and not even close to be a passing fad.
Allison Shaw / August 18, 2011 at 09:22 am
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The Canada Lands Company spent millions of taxdollars to decontaminate Canadian National Railway land; including CNR land on the Toronto waterfront, now wall-to-wall condominiums. The Canada Lands Company privatizes federal property, OUR PROPERTY, FELLOW CANADIANS; including real estate from DND, AECL, Corrections Canada (P4W in Kingston and Laval Pen),Canadian Arsenals (Cherry Beach), Dominion Buildings, Agriculture Canada, Canada Post, Transport Canada,Natural Resources Canada,Fisheries and Oceans Canada...
Beana replying to a comment from Hater / August 18, 2011 at 09:52 am
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I love new and interesting ideas! I just feel aquariums, much like zoos, are archaic and barbaric. The tanks might sound huge to us, but they are small compared to the freedom these creatures had in the oceans. The pictures might look shiny and happy, but they are about as inaccurate as the ethnic representation of the people ;)

Beana replying to a comment from Kris / August 18, 2011 at 09:54 am
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Well said
PT / August 18, 2011 at 10:01 am
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an aquarium will be a GREAT way to meet asian girls! :P
Beana replying to a comment from kay / August 18, 2011 at 10:05 am
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Agreed. I am ok with animal sanctuaries, where they host animals that cannot go back into the wild, and the focus is on rescue and rehabilitation. Also, I think those sorts of centres are better for educating the public about the creatures, and how important it is not to mistreat them.
Check out Monkey World - they do amazing work saving monkeys from tourist attractions and the poor treatment that is standard.
Clams have feelings too replying to a comment from Beana / August 18, 2011 at 10:08 am
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I had no idea fish were capable of such complex emotions.
Beana replying to a comment from Clams have feelings too / August 18, 2011 at 10:13 am
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LOL! of course, how would you know what they feel? That doesn't give you the right to treat them poorly for your own entertainment.
lol / August 18, 2011 at 10:15 am
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I don't visit this site regularly but the negative comments here are absolutely hilarious
D / August 18, 2011 at 10:17 am
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Open 365 days a year, sweet.
I guess fish don't sleep.
Clams have feelings too replying to a comment from Beana / August 18, 2011 at 10:24 am
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Arguably fish in these aquariums are probably better off than in their natural habitat. Aquarium fish are well looked after, but more importantly, well fed. When fish are well fed, they don't resort to eating the other fish in the tank, as they would in nature. Thus, as a smaller fish, I'd be happier here NOT being gobbled up by a larger fish, as I would likely be out in the ocean. Win win for everyone, fish lives are saved, small children and people on acid are amused!
anonymous / August 18, 2011 at 10:53 am
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It's too bad the building doesn't try to be part of the street life of Toronto at all. It's a massive squat building, the renders show a long wall facade to the street, there's no mixed use, no attempt to get people doing things. It's a step back in terms of urban design. It'll fit right in with City Place.
jbomb replying to a comment from animalliberation / August 18, 2011 at 10:56 am
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Why? Explain yourself.
marie replying to a comment from B / August 18, 2011 at 11:04 am
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SERIOUSLY. IU was thinking the same thing.
iSkyscraper replying to a comment from Niklas / August 18, 2011 at 11:05 am
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Niklas, people in London and New York visit other cities all the time. The thing I have noticed is the comparative weakness of Toronto relative to its peers - Montreal, Calgary, Vancouver, Chicago, Atlanta... New Yorkers will visit Montreal at the drop of a hat, but will live their whole lives not visiting Toronto except on business.

Despite its size, Toronto has very little appeal outside the immediate 4-hr-drive region. I'm not sure a chintzy commercial aquarium will help with that problem.
Dr. No / August 18, 2011 at 11:32 am
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Imagine an aquarium at the base of the eiffel tower. it's just tacky
Sasha replying to a comment from Dr. No / August 18, 2011 at 11:47 am
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What does the eiffel tower and Paris have to do with Toronto? Yes people do things differently in different cultures. Were talking Toronto. Image "The Brick", "Rogers Center" and "The Roundhouse" all at the foot of the Eiffel Tower or Statue of Liberty OMG OMG OMG!!!!

Imagine the CN Tower getting a $27.25-million makeover like the statue of liberty is about to get. You'd freak over that too!!
B / August 18, 2011 at 11:56 am
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Let me spell it out for people who are still replying to my first response:

It was an off-the-cuff observation and a joke. Next time I'll add one of these - [/funny] - for those with broken humour metres. Seriously, who would make that comment sincerely about graphic renderings?

In conclusion, I will not be including these renderings in my dissertation on post-colonial representation and aquatic amusement attractions.
Bob / August 18, 2011 at 12:33 pm
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Now chinese restaurants can get fresh shark fins for their soups instead of this terrible dried ones.
Drew / August 18, 2011 at 01:11 pm
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You realise that the Aquarium de Paris is at The Trocadero right across from the Eiffel Tower. Seemed pretty busy when I was there last year and there weren't scores of people fleeing the Eiffel Tower because of the nearby Aquarium.
iSkyscraper / August 18, 2011 at 02:37 pm
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The New York Aquarium (part of the Bronx Zoo, managed by a nonprofit, publicly owned) used to be in the park where ferries leave to take you to the Statue of Liberty. Robert Moses kicked them out to Coney Island, which is kind of like putting the Ripley Aquarium in Niagara Falls instead of downtown Toronto (about the same travel time apart as Battery to Coney Island by public transit). New York City has regretted the decision ever since.

So it might be ok to have the aquarium in a tourist-heavy zone. But it's still the whole Ripley thing that bothers me. Why couldn't Ontario Place used an aquarium as their new centerpiece to renew their fading park, which has easy transit and road access? They are on the water, government owned -- it would have been a superior solution. Too bad cheapo Toronto opted for the private option.
Niklas replying to a comment from iSkyscraper / August 18, 2011 at 03:01 pm
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You and me must move in very different circles of people then because I can't remember meeting any Europeans with a desire to go to any of the cities that you mentioned.

I bet the only reason anyone from New York goes to Montreal is because they speak French which makes it "exotic". I can't think of any tourist attractions in Montreal that makes it so much more appealing than Toronto.

Either way, I'm not sure I why I am debating this with you because I do agree that Toronto isn't a great tourist destination compared to other cities in the world. However, I do find it to be a great place to live.
Steve replying to a comment from Niklas / August 18, 2011 at 03:16 pm
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You're not giving people enough credit. A ten second glance on the Internet and a picture of the skyline will let you know which city is basically a tiny version of New York and which is home to a unique culture that you can't find in North America outside of New Orleans.
Taylor replying to a comment from Niklas / August 18, 2011 at 03:37 pm
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I can answer this one. I lived in Montreal for 10 years. Montreal doesn't sleep. Clubs don't close until 3am, drinking age is 18, and the after hours parties are sick. Restaurants are packed late at night. Vibrant culture. They have extremely liberal views on sex culture. And much less red tape when it comes to music and the arts.

Toronto is starkly different. Ghost town after 2am. The culture here comes from the different ethnicities (diversity). I don't see this as a liberal town. It seems extremely conservative. It's not just a Ford thing, it's the vibe you get from the people.

Toronto differs from Montreal in that it has many tall buildings, and a big city feel. And it still holds keys to Canada's past - Things many Canadians remember fondly and are disappearing in the rest of Canada. Grand train stations, baseball, big fairs (CNE), symbols of greatness (CN Tower).
Andy / August 18, 2011 at 03:54 pm
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Can't wait to see dead fish
bud / August 18, 2011 at 04:08 pm
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I heard there is a rumor that Ripley is planning to build a donkey show attraction behind the aquarium? Any confirmations?
iSkyscraper replying to a comment from bud / August 18, 2011 at 04:17 pm
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Bud, yes, there is a donkey show nearby but it already exists. It's called City Hall.

In all seriousness, I have no idea why Ripley's is in the aquarium business other than to package it with their other schlock, er, attractions. Some sort of combo ticket for people coming to see Niagara Falls that gets you into their museum on Clifton St, a stay at their water-park-hotel near the falls and a visit to the Toronto Aquarium on your way back to the airport. Odd business model to my thinking, can't see them lasting as an operator more than 10 yrs.
JM replying to a comment from iSkyscraper / August 18, 2011 at 04:20 pm
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I'm not really sure if Ontario Place has that good of transit connections, it's quite a hike across the Ex from Exhibition Streetcar Loop to Ontario Place, especially if you're bringing young children. Rainy or wintery weather wouldn't help either. You'd just have a lot more people driving.

The CN Tower location gives you direct, sheltered access to the Aquarium via Union Station and the Skywalk. People can arrive at Union via TTC, GO, or even Via and get there quickly and easily.

It's also pretty cool to hear that Ripley's said No to Ford's idea to surround the place with a parking lot.
warmflash / August 18, 2011 at 06:01 pm
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Is having MARINELAND AND GAMEFARM in Toronto a good idea? Not according to Jean-Michel Cousteau. Please see

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fp8MkPyBE5A&;feature=player_embedded
agfag replying to a comment from iSkyscraper / August 18, 2011 at 07:16 pm
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??? You know the New York Times, more than any other international media outlet, repeatedly runs articles on visiting Toronto?And a lot of it isn't even for the film festival!
agfa / August 18, 2011 at 07:25 pm
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also, Paper mag calls Brooklyn 'Toronto South', just sayinnnnn''
agf replying to a comment from Taylor / August 18, 2011 at 07:35 pm
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ever been to the Annex at 4 am? college or queen west? hell, even kensington market is awake late night.
Taylor replying to a comment from agf / August 18, 2011 at 08:51 pm
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Yes, of course, and your examples underscore my point, unfortunately.
Sam / August 18, 2011 at 08:56 pm
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The difference is New York would just do this and everyone there would say "Cool" if they can afford to do it. In Toronto, people complain about location, finance, what it means, other city's don't do this, blah blah blah, have you heard about the Debt Crisis in the USA that includes New York, please don't use that as an example for anything in Toronto. In Ten Years the USA will be paying more in interest and debts than they currently do on War why would you ever compare us tho them USA, NYC whatever. What are you thinking!!??!?!?!?
city planner / August 18, 2011 at 09:15 pm
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atrocious
poop replying to a comment from Sam / August 18, 2011 at 10:12 pm
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In New York everything's always great. In Toronto, there's always something wrong. And somehow the problem is always the city.

Fantomex replying to a comment from Taylor / August 18, 2011 at 10:46 pm
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<b>I don't see this as a liberal town. It seems extremely conservative. It's not just a Ford thing, it's the vibe you get from the people.</b>

I can attest to that, and as I've said before elsewhere, Toronto is too full of uptight white people to be as effective a party & nightclub city as Montreal is. It needs to have most of the more conservative whites die off or leave for Toronto to be like Montreal.

<b>The culture here comes from the different ethnicities (diversity).</b>

To that that I would add 'And <i>ONLY</i> from the different ethnicities-who don't even live in the main parts of Toronto anymore.'
Ricky / August 18, 2011 at 10:56 pm
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How does a post about an aquarium in Toronto result in so many posts about New York, y'all are F%^&'ed!!

Y'all have to live in NYC for 10 years before the novelty wears off, weekend trips don't mean sh&*. You can't speak of New York so shut up and quit comparing!!!
iSkyscraper / August 18, 2011 at 11:33 pm
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My fault for hijacking the conversation with my original post, I guess. I don't know how many expats read BlogTO and Spacing and such, but I do, and as someone who has lived in New York for 11 years and is raising his family here I feel qualified in bringing an outsider view to the navel-gazing Toronto bubble.

If you go back and read my original comment, my point was not to compare Toronto and New York as tourist destinations or places to live but simply to point out as seen from here in New York, Toronto has a high business profile but is a very weak tourist draw (short travel article in the NYTimes every four years notwithstanding, agfag). I could be giving you the LA viewpoint or the Paris viewpoint but I don't live there.

So if you have a weak set of tourist attractions, and you start a project with increasing tourism as one of its express goals, my point was that the location was ok (if perhaps a missed opportunity re: fading Ontario Place) but I have very little faith in Ripley's making this something that is a true draw. The Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta was only built six years ago, in a city with no waterfront, but they did it huge (world's largest, and just expanded again), incurred no debt via corporate and private donations, run it as a non-profit, stuck it downtown and pull 2 MILLION visits a year. That's how you do it right.
Mr.M replying to a comment from Fantomex / August 19, 2011 at 09:38 am
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yup, just blame white people for everything!
Beana replying to a comment from Clams have feelings too / August 19, 2011 at 10:22 am
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"Aquarium fish are well looked after, but more importantly, well fed"

This argument was used to claim that black people were better off as slaves on plantations than as free men and women.
Clams have feelings too replying to a comment from Beana / August 19, 2011 at 10:49 am
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Comparing human enslavement to fish in aquariums. My mind is blown away by this analogy.
Philip / August 19, 2011 at 11:08 am
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Ok, first, it's about time we get an aquarium. I am somewhat torn on the location (yes, @CN Tower provides ease of access, but Ontario Place REALLY could have used this to spruce themselves up, not to mention having it ON the water is a more ideal place) but in the end, if its a worthwhile attraction, it will pull in the tourists regardless.

Now, in terms of ways to make sure it stays afloat, there are 2 things I think should really be included. The first is a shark-diving experience. I'm an expat Torontonian living in the ROK now, and let me tell you, one of the BEST experiences I have had here is shark diving in the Busan Aquarium http://www.scubainkorea.com/
Much like the EdgeWalk, its a seperate experience, but if you pay for it, you get access to the entire facility. The dive is done without cages (just scuba gear), and ample basic training is provided before jumping in the actual tank with the sharks. The whole experience lasts about 3 hours (depending on how many people are in the group) with about 30 minutes spent just walking in the tank with the sharks. This would REALLY help bring in the tourists.

The other thing the Busan Aquarium has (and this, I think, is just more of a money making gimmick) is a glass-bottom boat that people can take on top of the bigger tank's waters (basically, instead of looking sideways through the glass at the fish/animals, you are looking down). Again, great way to pull in a few extra bucks and help to stay open.
Beana replying to a comment from Clams have feelings too / August 19, 2011 at 12:13 pm
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Captivity is captivity no matter what your species. Regardless of how kind you think you are being in the form of food or shelter, you are sill preventing them from leading their own lives.
I'm pleased that your mind is blown, and I hope it will encourage you to think broader.


Steve replying to a comment from Beana / August 19, 2011 at 12:23 pm
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Fish do not have "lives" and they will certainly live better here than elsewhere. Stop projecting feelings onto tiny creatures, of which there are tens of trillions, and making ludicrous comparisons. You sound like a crazy nut.
Beana replying to a comment from Steve / August 19, 2011 at 12:42 pm
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Of course they have lives! They are born, they live and they die - that's a life. Simple.
Tens of trillions? ya sure about that.... You know, there are probably tens of trillions of Steves too! Does that justify poor treatment of Steves?

I'm hardly projecting feelings, rather pointing out that this goes against the nature of ocean creatures. Regardless, I would rather someone project "feelings" of desire for freedom onto a fish, than forcibly confine it assuming it will live a better life.
Kwil / August 19, 2011 at 01:02 pm
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I couldn't even finish the article, I was distracted by all of these crazy comments hahaha
Steve replying to a comment from Beana / August 19, 2011 at 01:17 pm
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Remember to take your crazy pills the next time you compare fish in an aquarium to slavery. Had you taken them as you're supposed to, you'd realize how idiotic you sound.
Kai / August 19, 2011 at 02:12 pm
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Why do healthy debates always have to end with name calling and accusations of insanity?
bob replying to a comment from iSkyscraper / August 19, 2011 at 06:22 pm
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an article for toronto every couple of months, actually (and in recent days, every week).
bob / August 19, 2011 at 06:27 pm
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there's always articles in newspapers all over the world calling Toronto stuff like, 'beautiful', 'fun', 'great', etc. etc. Why do we put up with this...

Just last month a St Louis newspaper wrote a great big article about TIFF and travelling to Toronto, saying how much they enjoy the city, and how lucky people are here..

I mean wtf, right?
fishfantlc / August 19, 2011 at 08:13 pm
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Need I say more? Fish belong in oceans.not cheesy tourist traps!
Fantomex replying to a comment from Mr.M / August 19, 2011 at 09:16 pm
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If the shoe fits...
CognitiveDissonance / August 21, 2011 at 12:38 pm
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I'd be interested to know what they plan to use the facility for after Ripley's decides they aren't getting value for their money and shut it down. It just seems like the latest fly-by-night idea for the base of the CN Tower. And if it's such a surefire hit, why the need for so much public money?
iSkyscraper / August 23, 2011 at 10:46 pm
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Here's exactly what will happen, Cognitive.

Sometime in 2016, after Ripley's realizes that Toronto lacks the tourist traffic to keep this going as a cheesy tourist trap, and they realize Toronto also lacks the family incomes to keep residents coming in the dead of winter in addition to all the other museums, etc. they belong to, they will indeed give up and walk away. (It's happened before. Anyone remember Olympic Spirit?) They will hand the City of Toronto the keys, who will then, in a post-Ford era of enlightenment, turn the place over to the Toronto Zoo to run as a satellite campus.

This is exactly how things work in New York where the Bronx Zoo (which is almost exactly identical to the Toronto Zoo in every way) runs the tiny but much more central and touristy Central Park Zoo along with the Coney Island Aquarium, Queens Zoo and Brooklyn Zoo. What this does is let them charge high prices because of the value argument where you get multiple zoos with your membership/ticket.

Think about it - the Aquarium taps the tourist dollars that the main Toronto Zoo is far too distant to catch, serves as a big downtown ad for the zoo, and adds value to that decision about whether to cough up $150 or so for a family membership. The juicy belt of residents that lies on the fringe of old Toronto and the boroughs is just as likely to hop on the TTC to go to the Aquarium as to hop in a car and drive to Scarborough, and you figure a couple aquarium trips and a couple zoo trips a year and you get your money's worth.

It would be, in the end, the ideal outcome for this situation. Thanks for the free aquarium Ripley's, and I look forward to it becoming the saving grace of the real nonprofit educational animal conservation society in this town.
Dublin / August 24, 2011 at 12:08 pm
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love it. another fantastic reason to visit toronto!
garwood / August 24, 2011 at 12:37 pm
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too all those with the stupid comments of how bad it is, get a life. This will bring people together with nature. Open their minds to a world they would never get to see. fish in captivity; most fish stay in the safety of there territory of only a couple of feet for there entire lives. Nice home, free meals, no predators; if we were all so lucky. really bitch because the artist only added waspy people, again get a life, but thanks for the laughs.
LoverBay replying to a comment from Soren / August 24, 2011 at 01:48 pm
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Some people think animals aren't entertainment.

I think they are, I understand the confusions though since they are primarily a food. We are always told not to play with food.

JUL replying to a comment from Kris / September 11, 2011 at 10:19 pm
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This place sounds so tacky and so gross. Couldn't pay me to go there. I would much rather watch a video of these beautiful creatures in their natural environment where they belong. Ashamed (once again since Ford got elected) to be from Toronto.
DC / September 16, 2011 at 03:28 am
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I support the acquarium, but it will probably be overpriced. Are we looking at 28$ per adult? If they charge more than the zoo I won't go there.

The article is a bit misleading.

I went to the Shedd Acq. in Chicago a few months ago. That place was huge. It has 5mil gallons of water, whereas the one here will only have 1.5mil. I don't know how that can be "one of the largest in North America"
Melvin / September 20, 2011 at 11:30 am
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Toronto like Chicago, San Francisco, New York and Monterey, Toronto just got better with this idea. To those who live here in here in Toronto and North America that supports this idea, you are true Torontonians and North Americans. To those who posted negative thoughts about this aquarium idea for Toronto should get a life and know Toronto better. Our city is improving. More tourist will come for sure. We even need more to this city. Just a few more things we need. A Bridge to the Toronto island, Nike town, and NFL team. Glad we have Canada's wonderland, Centre island, Eaton centre, CN Tower, the beaches by lake Ontario, and glad to have Niagara Falls just south of us. For the idiot that rejected the idea of having a bridge in Toronto, we don't need people like him in our city. Back to the aquarium thing, YEAAAHHH! I support the idea like a true Torontonian and im hella proud to be Canadian. Aquarium here we come!!!!
Dan replying to a comment from B / September 22, 2011 at 04:18 pm
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I'm pretty sure that's a group of Asians geek!
Ron Marsh / September 24, 2011 at 06:26 pm
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I can't wait for this to be done, I would love to get a job there cleaning the tanks. InSide that is. as a diver what a sweet job that would be, getting payed for something you love.
J replying to a comment from kay / September 29, 2011 at 06:04 pm
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Huh...you know...after almost 30 years of donating millions dollars, time and effort to conservation and literally jump starting the revitalization of such species as the blackfooted ferret, sumatran tiger, and loggerhead shrike, not to mention literally saving the Vancouver island marmot from extinction...I guess Toronto Zoo is a very "deplorable" place for animal conservation. Maybe you and Bob Barker should take a trip down to the Los Angeles Zoo and gawk at their LONE elephant that has been by itself for 12 years...then while your at it go a couple miles down the road and visit San Diego where they, in the past years, have gotten millions to upgrade their elephant exhibit. Deplorable indeed.
baram / October 16, 2011 at 01:49 pm
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They will replace the Steam brewery park ?
Wut / October 25, 2011 at 03:37 am
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Hey people, let's get together and occupy the aquarium in 2013 when they open it!
eva / December 4, 2011 at 04:55 am
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Wow!!!!
looking forward to seeing it.
Eva
BoB / January 16, 2012 at 09:45 am
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Great idea. no seriusly!
vallo / January 16, 2012 at 09:47 am
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GURLHH WATS UP!
boblikespie / January 16, 2012 at 09:53 am
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If you fall while doing Edgewalk, you could land on the aquarium
hog / January 16, 2012 at 09:55 am
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only an idiot would fall from an edge walk
bobby / January 16, 2012 at 09:56 am
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haha hehe hoho
????? / January 16, 2012 at 09:59 am
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Stop playing around if your not going to make a proper comment stop

hahahahahahah / January 17, 2012 at 09:12 am
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such an ugly building!!!!
why u knw me / January 17, 2012 at 09:16 am
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uglyer than you
why u knw me / January 17, 2012 at 09:17 am
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oh sorry aquarium i meant the person
bob replying to a comment from ????? / January 17, 2012 at 09:19 am
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why dont u stop *????*
meh replying to a comment from fishfantlc / January 17, 2012 at 09:23 am
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it doesent harm animals they have and get proper care
Poo Girl :) / January 17, 2012 at 09:25 am
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HELLO!!!! BTW I LIKE POO. SO WHEN I GET TO THE AQUARIUM, IM POOING ALL OVER THE PLACE :)SO BE PREPARED!! BRING MOPS :D OH AND, I LIKE POOOOOOOOOOOO :))))))))
smartJ / January 17, 2012 at 04:20 pm
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poo girl you are so silly think you dumbo. behave properly!!!!!!!!!
GURLHH / January 17, 2012 at 04:24 pm
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GURLHH DO THE SHRKS BITE?
GURLHH replying to a comment from vallo / January 17, 2012 at 04:24 pm
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NM GURLL
Zombie / February 14, 2012 at 02:49 pm
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Sweet idea can't wait. For those who oppose you have to realize it will house only a small sample of each chosen species. Far more specimens are killed each day for human consumption. For the few animals kept in the aquarium it will help bring awareness to the needs and effects of humans on these animals. Awareness and interest from our youth will help us appreciate and respect these animals and in turn will lead to better conservation of oceans and marine life in the future. Expecially in Toronto where we are far from the oceans don't know much about them and how our actions on land can effect them as well this is a benefit; we can't ignore what is below the surface.
You must also remember most species will be preyed upon in nature, by keeping the predators fed in the aquarium think of it not as a prison but more like a luxury resort(If luxury resorts also had medical care)... :)
Zombie replying to a comment from Beana / February 14, 2012 at 03:27 pm
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You think the sea cucumber will know whether it is in an aquarium or the ocean, you think it will affect the natural course of its life... maybe hurt it's feelings it will be sittin there like "this coral dosen't feel right, woe is me"...?
What is the torment you think these fish are going through...?
Everything humans do goes against nature... you can't change that not here not like this.
If you really think it is that bad, think of it like this... They are taking one for the team, like the soldiers that fight for us, they are fighting for the other fishes. They should be honored to live in an aquarium for the freedom of there fellow brothers and sisters. And I rather live on a island with all my needs taken care of than go to war... How about you.
I,ll see you at the aquarium so we can get more educated on them before we decide...
Al replying to a comment from RebelScum / February 19, 2012 at 10:01 am
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please focus
on the main point about aquarium!
mr.brainwash / February 20, 2012 at 10:21 am
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Here are the following reasons why ethnic diversity was not presented in the photo model:
1) dark skinned people are difficult to see in low light / dimmed light situations.
2) it is a known fact that like dogs, marine life becomes agitated by dark skinned people. Sharks become aggressive and knock themselves against the glass, which causes harm to the fish.
3) pyschologists in marine life behaviour acknowledge that marine animals are sensitive creatures. Studies indicated that rap music and hip hop was a factor for mass whale beaching / whale suicide. These intelligent mamals simply could no longer tolerate the sound of jz's voice.
Thus, it is good pr on the part of the art department to not remind the marine life or the public of this cultural genocide inflicted on the whales and dolphins.
4) the art department thought it wise to not depict cleaners, and security guards in the computer model design. Hence, people of african, indian, and srilankan race were not included.
Steve Wilson / March 2, 2012 at 12:39 am
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Hey guys, 2 years ago I went to the Aquarium in Atlanta Georgia and let me tell you that it's one of the most amazing experiences you will ever see in your life! That tunnel actually makes you feel as if you are scuba diving having all of those species of fish swimming around you. By the looks of things, including the moving sidewalk, it seems these designers took a page or two from the Georgia aquairums playbook.
David Shanahan / March 4, 2012 at 03:50 pm
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I got to the Ripley's Aquarium in Gatlinburg Tennessee when we go there for vacation. It is a very cool place with lots to see. Not as good as the Atlanta one though. That one is massive.
Laura / March 12, 2012 at 08:40 pm
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I'm seriously baffled and embarrassed at the commenters who are whining about being ashamed to live in Toronto because of this.

Would you have said the same thing if you lived here before the ROM was built? What about the AGO? Or the zoo?

Aquariums provide a safe place for animals as well as a high educational value for people of all ages. Most aquariums also have rehabilitation centres for sick and injured animals that are found in the wild. The ocean is being obliterated, how can you POSSIBLY say that a place where these animals are safe from harm (mostly due to humans) is a bad thing? Beana, there's being supportive of animals, and what you're doing. You're being totally irrational. Have you actually been to a real aquarium? Marineland doesn't count. Animals that are not being rehabilitated have TONS of room. And they don't process space like we do.

Personally I can't wait for this to be built and will frequently visit.
andrew / March 13, 2012 at 10:38 pm
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Very well put Laura! I can't wait for this project to be completed. A seasons' pass for me!
apu / March 15, 2012 at 02:29 pm
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is there a chance the track could bend?
mm / March 18, 2012 at 01:05 pm
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This is for all the na sayers,if you dont like it than dont go,thats the beautiful thing about living in a free country,you get to choose for yourself and not having someone's opinion SHOVED down my throat.In closing i would like to add if you dont like freedom of choice go back to whatever country you came from,you see how easy freedom of choice works,i know i won't miss you.can't wait to visit this new attraction and not see all you moronic narrow minded na sayers.your loss not mine,looking forward to not seeing you there. PS THE EDUCATIONAL VALUE OF SUCH AN ATTRACTION ALONE IS PRICELESS.THERE ARE THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE WHO WOULD NEVER GET A CHANCE TO SEE AND EXPERIENCE SUCH A SITE DUE TO FINANCIAL RESTRICTIONS,THEY CAN'T AFFORD TO TRAVEL TO A TROPICAL DESTINATION TO EXPERIENCE THIS FIRST HAND,MYSELF INCLUDED. THANK YOU
Darrell / March 19, 2012 at 02:51 pm
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Hopefully this aquarium will education the public about how we are destroying the oceans. Marine life is getting seriously altered. Human beings depend on the world's eco-system. By dramatically altering it, we are affecting OUR way of life. The planet will survive us. The question is, will we survive ourselves?

Don't wait for the aquarium to be built, go to http://www.projectaware.org and find out what you can do right now.
ReefGrrl / April 9, 2012 at 08:54 pm
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Sigh. I guess I'm a bit simple-minded because I'm just really looking forward to being fascinated by the stunning displays of a world very few people ever get to experience first-hand.

When we go to the Bass Pro Shop in (wherever it is - Vaughan? near Wonderland, anyway) I park myself in front of their fish tank (freshwater, native Ontario species, HUGE) while my husband goes and does whatever it is he does in the store. An hour goes by, while I edge my way closer to the glass and glare at kids jumping on the rocks (what's with parents these days? oh wait - they're as fascinated as I am) and then once I get up there, I'm just mesmerized. It's hard to leave when the time comes.

I have a small reef tank - only 20 gallons - and it is a time-sucker between caring for the couple of dozen different corals I have, the snails, shrimp and a few brilliantly-coloured fish but I LOVE it. I take all this time to make sure the environment is as perfect as possible and I feel the loss of even a tiny fragment of any of my corals, let alone the fish. (And I have only captive-propagated species, for those ready to criticize.) Many of the people who work at large facilities are like that: the best ones are fanatics about the living creatures in their care.

Wouldn't it be great if Ken Thomson (or some other mega-billionaire) would pay for running something like this? But it's not gonna happen so we have to accept that it'll be for-profit. We can only hope it has enough attendance to keep it going. Time will tell.

There's a new aquarium opening in Rome in June this year, and we plan to visit there when we're in Italy in October. And you can bet I'll be visiting Toronto's aquarium as soon as it's open.

JOHN replying to a comment from Beana / April 15, 2012 at 07:06 pm
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Maybe Beana should visit Atlanta Georgia to see their aquarium. it's fabulous and I think that Toronto's will outdo it. A true tourist draw.
fuck you / April 18, 2012 at 06:50 pm
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mjmghkm
Greg / May 7, 2012 at 09:31 pm
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for me its such a shame that the images released for the building show sensationalist images of aggressive sharks, I would prefer that Toronto look harder at the conservation of all marine species not just the attraction of the "jaws" seekers.
Viper / May 30, 2012 at 10:59 am
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I really think these comments truly represent the problem which Canada is facing. Comments about the renderings showing caucasions....give me a break losers. The non caucasions are so dam touchy nowadays it makes me sick. This country was founded by whites. Don't like it...leave. Stop pulling the racist card on everything.

To the aquarium haters.....do you really think one aquarium is going to adversely affect the marine biology. Get a life. If anything it will bring awareness to it.

I'm sick of this politically correct BS which is destroying this country. People get a life.

An aquarium is badly needed and a great addition for Toronto!
Erika / June 5, 2012 at 10:08 am
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Im excited for this aquarium to be in Toronto. I have been to the ripleys aquarium in Gatlinburg,Tennessee and they will be very similar is what the guy told me. So how exciting!!

http://www.ripleyaquariums.com/gatlinburg/
Ron / July 9, 2012 at 02:13 am
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lets think of fun the kids will have.
john payton / July 9, 2012 at 12:59 pm
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i would attend as often as possible because i live in mississauga.
Simon Tarses replying to a comment from Taylor / July 9, 2012 at 01:38 pm
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Montreal may have all that you say, but does it have this?

*Subway lines that are running until at least 2am, doesn't close at 12 midnight

*Streetcar and bus lines that operate 24-7/365-not all, but at least a decent amount in the downtown/suburban core (only New York and Madrid have subways that operate 24-7/365-the Paris subway shuts down at 12 midnight, as does the Montreal subway and the London Underground also shuts down at 1am.)

When Montreal has that, THEN you can boast about it, and say that it's a better city than Toronto. Until then...
j replying to a comment from B / July 29, 2012 at 03:39 pm
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B OMG get over yourelf...my god
Jason / August 16, 2012 at 09:03 am
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While I am naturally curious about the species that live on this planet, I would love to see this sort of useless human entertainment banned. Keeping animals captive like this is in no way good for our karma on the grand scale of human existence. Sure, one could make a great argument about it's educational and profit/job benefits, I just don't see this living up to it's potential in the long run. Plus, have you taken a look at Marineland lately? A disaster in itself.
John / August 21, 2012 at 11:25 pm
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I hope they have some cichlids, not alot of aquariums carry that species and i think those fish are really nice.
Aaron replying to a comment from Simon Tarses / August 22, 2012 at 12:02 am
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The metro shuts down at 1:00 and opens at 5:30 (including Sundays) except for the blue line, which closes at 12:30. It's open the same amount of hours as the TTC. There are 23, 24 hour bus lines and they've been using smart cards since 2008. Get your facts straight!
LG replying to a comment from B / September 2, 2012 at 10:16 pm
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What a dumb ass comment!!
LG replying to a comment from B / September 2, 2012 at 10:17 pm
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That comment was meant for B
Pat / September 29, 2012 at 03:55 pm
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Cant wait !!!!!!!!!!!!!! My son is going to go crazzy when i take him there. Very much looking forward to this!!!!!!
mary jo / November 14, 2012 at 12:56 pm
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Are people that f$%$%$$ stupid!!!!! do you not care about these mamals/animals and for what reason should we take them away from their habitate to stick them in tanks for idiots like you who would pay to see them. We should stick you guys in a tank or cage and have people pay to watch you. It is absolutely inhumane to have Aquarium's and zoos.
alex / November 14, 2012 at 01:12 pm
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RE: mary jo / November 14, 2012 at 12:56 pm

Stop being so emo.
ReallyNow replying to a comment from mary jo / November 14, 2012 at 01:29 pm
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STFU
mary jo / November 14, 2012 at 02:06 pm
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Alex, if you had any compassion in you or empathy, something that people of today lack. You would have the common sense to know this is WRONG!!!!
Alex replying to a comment from mary jo / November 14, 2012 at 03:26 pm
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you know what? you're right. this is wrong. but why stop complaining about aquariums. The Toronto Zoo is just around the corner. Now that i think about it, these operations keep animals captive, there are worse culprits out there...We need to go after all these despicable farms, restaurants and supermarkets that sell MURDERED animals for a profit. I say, down with delicious food and admiring species' we would never see in our lifetime wihtout an aquarium or zoo. Who's with me!?
maryjo / November 14, 2012 at 03:42 pm
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Go rent a documentary and admire species from its natural habitat or save enough money to take a safari trip and see where a wild animal really lives and belongs. Then you will educate yourself the right way. Remember "Planet of the Apes" where the tables were turned and Apes kept humans captive. Maybe that should happen the world would be a better place:)
alex replying to a comment from maryjo / November 14, 2012 at 05:20 pm
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You should write a book, you have so much wisdom. Which documentary in which people invade an animals privacy and habitat for profit should I watch? are there any in 3D? Save money for a Safari trip? I wish, I donate the majority my money to those mass-murderers I call Popeyes Chicken and Biscuits.Hey, even murderers need funding, am I right? I mean, how the hell am i supposed to support a cause with no money? kill the chickens with my own hands!? that's just crazy talk. Besides, even if i could afford a safari trip, i feel like it would be one creepy trip....I can so picture a rhino being like, "hey why the f' are you taking pictures of me? can't you see i'm trying to make love to my wife?" akwaaaaaard.
maryjo / November 14, 2012 at 06:09 pm
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I was talking about Ripley's Aquarium and Zoos, not sure why you are going off track. There's no point in arguing with ignorance.
Wow replying to a comment from maryjo / November 14, 2012 at 11:39 pm
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Get a life, woman.
alex replying to a comment from Beana / January 23, 2013 at 10:59 pm
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Beana, you couldn't be more wrong, and clearly have no idea how the economy works.
Whoa replying to a comment from B / June 12, 2013 at 08:11 pm
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No kidding.
nataliababy replying to a comment from Dr. No / July 30, 2013 at 10:18 pm
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I agree with you, its tacky but if they didnt put it at the base of the cn tower they wouldnt have anywhere else downtown to put it. Look how crammed everything already is. I live in Mississauga and avoid going to toronto at all costs.
Madd Maxx replying to a comment from ????? / October 16, 2013 at 09:24 pm
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God is Great...Beer is Good...but people are crazy!!!

Today being the opening day for the Aquarium I envy the first timers that will be attending on day one. We all have choices!!!
I for one love Toronto and all that it has to offer.Nothing is perfect in this life or for that matter on this earth!!! I was once told that if one has nothing nice or civil to say it is then best to say nothing at all. True!!! Life is Short..too short to always complain and be negative.Find love in your heart and kindness and understanding will follow...
When you find yourself frustrated,bored or even miserable,go to the new Toronto Aquarium.You may even surprise yourself and actually really enjoy the fact that you got out and went somewhere where you did indeed have a good time. Try it you,ll like it.
P.S. If and when i do go... I hope that i run into a mermaid and I,ll never come up for air or back to reality. Grow up,enjoy life before it passes you miserable people by!!! Just my opinion.Always remember to Live,Love + Laugh.
Madd Maxx replying to a comment from ????? / October 16, 2013 at 09:36 pm
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I can hardly wait to GO to the New Toronto Aquarium.
Life,s Short Live Fast...Be respectful of one another and have constant love in your heart...Blessings will then abound. Trust me...From one who knows!!!
Pickeringhive / November 29, 2013 at 11:35 am
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Shark diving would be cool. Perhaps feeding convicts to the sharks would be a solution to our overcrowded penitentiaries.

I'm also wondering if people actually go back to see who has responded to their comments. The negative ones are hilarious.
Appoline / December 22, 2013 at 03:55 pm
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I want to see this aquarium so badly before I die..ha ha ..is this already open? will it be opne on Dec 25? Last time I went to Boston Aquarium ...i love it but I think this is more exciting..!

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