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25 photos of the new Ripley's Aquarium in Toronto

Posted by Staff / October 16, 2013

Ripley's Aquarium TorontoRipley's Aquarium finally opened to the public today in Toronto (at 288 Bremner Blvd next to the CN Tower), as a slew of curious visitors and media types stormed the underwater palace to get a first look at the giant structure, which houses almost six million litres of water and a reported 15,000 different types of sea creatures, the highlight of which for most is surely the various shark species patrolling the deep waters. While there are no Great Whites, it doesn't matter much as they swim above you in the underwater tunnel or observation rooms. On first look, the operation really is quite impressive — now cue the mad scramble for tickets.

Take a look inside the new Toronto aquarium in this photo gallery.

Discussion

38 Comments

shirley rando / October 16, 2013 at 08:18 pm
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you forgot an important item,,, the address
David replying to a comment from shirley rando / October 16, 2013 at 09:08 pm
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They probably didn't feel the address was necessary given how incredibly obvious the aquarium location is.
M replying to a comment from shirley rando / October 16, 2013 at 09:18 pm
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Look up and follow the CN Tower...
asd / October 17, 2013 at 12:48 am
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no great white? typical city attraction.
Phil Sybal / October 17, 2013 at 07:46 am
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I have mixed feelings about underwater captivity but this aquarium looks spectacular. I hope the public refrains from taking flash photos which will injure the creatures' eyesight.
McRib replying to a comment from David / October 17, 2013 at 08:02 am
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Obvious? is it in the Aquarium district? On Aquarium Blvd?

Not everyone knows everything about everything in this city, and I'd imagine a lot of people from outside the 416 would also like to visit the aquarium.

alan replying to a comment from shirley rando / October 17, 2013 at 09:02 am
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i really don't think it has an "address" as not many of its inhabitants are on the receiving end of any mail...more of a location...it's at the base of the CN Tower...hopefully nearly everyone knows where this is...
alan replying to a comment from Phil Sybal / October 17, 2013 at 09:06 am
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as anyone who has taken photos with flash against glass will know there will be a lot of reflection back as the light bounces off the glass...so i don't think there should be much flashing going on...
Olivia / October 17, 2013 at 09:24 am
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I think wild life belongs in the wild not in captivity. It's very sad that most people think they can take their children to educate them about different species of sea creatures, unfortunately those creatures in captivity are not in their natural metal state or natural behaviour. Instead it's teaching our children that its acceptable to deny beautiful sea creatures from their natural habitat by tearing them from their families and keeping them in captivity in the name of eduction and entertainment.
Steve replying to a comment from McRib / October 17, 2013 at 09:40 am
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Step 1: Find the big pointy thing

Step 2: Go to the base of it

Step 3: ???

Step 4: Profit
ugh replying to a comment from alan / October 17, 2013 at 12:28 pm
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as anyone who has been in Toronto for more than a few hours can attest, Torontonians are stupid and will go out of their way to do whatever is against the rules/norm/logic...plus little kids probably won't realize that photography lesson until it's too late.
Aquarium Curious replying to a comment from McRib / October 17, 2013 at 12:49 pm
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Your response was hilarious....excellent reply.
Steve Robinson / October 17, 2013 at 12:53 pm
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The address is in the first sentence.
Rly replying to a comment from Olivia / October 17, 2013 at 07:54 pm
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Fuck you. Some of us want to see sharks and can't afford trips to the bahamas to dive in a cage to see them naturally.
Smashy76 replying to a comment from asd / October 18, 2013 at 06:42 am
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"No Great White? typical city aquarium"

Awesome! Cause hopefully that means you won't go and be the typical pretentious little prick, that annoys everyone else at "typical city aquarium".

Obviously you must believe that you're some sort of professional aquarium critic whose opinion matters, right? How else are you able to compare this "typical city aquarium" with other city aquariums, unless you've been to so many city aquariums.

But, if that was true, you'd would probably know that Great White sharks aren't really able to survive in aquariums for any extended periods of time. They rarely eat and also become so stressed in a captive environment, they die within a year. But hey, you're the professional that knows so much, being that your an aquarium critic, right? BTW, how many kids living in Toronto will ever get the opportunity to see ocean environments and ocean marine life, that is not on TV? you pretentious twatwaffle.
Smashy76 replying to a comment from Olivia / October 18, 2013 at 07:08 am
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Olivia, you should research before you inject your opinions.

Marine aquariums don't 'rip' sea creatures from their environments.
Aquariums like this allow kids and people to see amazingly beautiful species that they'd never see or even know about, which brings awareness to how important ocean ecosystems are.
I owe my career and probably, my life, to an aquarium in New Orleans, Louisiana, just like this one. I'm an environmental engineer and my focus is saving and cleaning marine environments from a variety of threats from mankind, industry and also natural. Like the problems the Pacific west coast is facing due to humbolt squids that have been spreading like wildfire North of their typical regions and range. They're becoming an alpha predator in marine environments that never had them before, making the competition for food very difficult for native species.
The majority of captive marine life lives a much healthier life and also live a lot longer than if they're in the wild. The majority, but not all, despite best efforts.
Marine aquariums like this one, have been responsible for saving many many species from extinction. Extinction caused by environmental disasters, both natural and man made.

Also, at this point, Any pacific ocean marine life, needs to be caputred and put in aquariums to guarantee the species survival due to Fukishima.


Smashy76 replying to a comment from asd / October 18, 2013 at 07:10 am
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One more thing you should know.. There's less than 3500 Great White Sharks left in all the oceans of the world. So the risk of even one dying because of captivity, isn't worth it.
Ryan replying to a comment from Smashy76 / October 18, 2013 at 10:48 pm
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Pretty sure it was a joke. Got a laugh out of me anyway.
Tom / October 19, 2013 at 02:42 pm
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Who cares people lets just keep making excuses for our mistakes to the planet and then profit off it again by fixing it....
I am going because we can't beat them so u should at least enjoy the ride....
see u all in hell!!!
lol
Diana / October 19, 2013 at 05:06 pm
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Nice photos!
Ana / October 21, 2013 at 09:54 pm
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Thanks for sharing your pictures!
Lesley replying to a comment from Olivia / October 25, 2013 at 03:30 pm
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Awesome comment Olivia. Youre the only educated one here, I guess.
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You can convert that to kinetic energy oof rotation of your angling on the
fly flywheel and that would slow you down. Very economical, and definitely that will happen sometime in the future.
2.gp / November 2, 2013 at 07:34 pm
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The price per person ranges from VND150, 000 to VND300, 000 and depends
on fisheye the participation of tarpon anglers. Glasgow Angling Centre has made its open
weekend one of the oldest iis certain to spark fireworks,
not least in their contrasting poliicies over Iraq and the economy.
When you think of fishing as and when.
mel replying to a comment from Olivia / November 4, 2013 at 12:01 pm
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that is the most unbelievable tree hugging comment I have every heard. You must never eat meat,fish, or fowl
jules / November 4, 2013 at 01:30 pm
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Ripley's Aquarium finally opened to the public today in Toronto (at 288 Bremner Blvd next to the CN Tower),
Jane / November 15, 2013 at 08:06 pm
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Does anyone know if they have strollers to rent.
battlefield play 4 free hacks battlefunds / January 3, 2014 at 07:39 am
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Amazing! This blog looks exactly like my old one!

It's on a entirely different subject but it has pretty much the same layout and design.
Outstanding choice of colors!
Spike replying to a comment from Smashy76 / January 29, 2014 at 02:13 am
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'Any pacific ocean marine life, needs to be captured and put in aquariums to guarantee the species survival due to Fukishima.'

The reactor or the storm the reactor's named after? Because I'm pretty sure a nuclear reactor meltdown couldn't have caused sharks to die off
move olm to pst / February 12, 2014 at 06:46 am
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I leave a response each time I like a post on a site or if I have something to contribute to
the discussion. It's caused by the fire displayed
in the post I looked at. And on this article 25 photos of the new Ripley's Aquarium in Toronto.
I was actually moved enough to post a leave a responsea response :-P I do have 2 questions for you if you don't mind.
Could it be just me or does it give the impression like
some of these responses look as if they are written by brain
dead visitors? :-P And, if you are posting on other places, I would like to follow you.
Could you list every one of all your shared pages
like your Facebook page, twitter feed, or linkedin profile?
somethingsmellsfishy / April 3, 2014 at 01:13 pm
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0_0 whoa dude..
Awesome! Cause hopefully that means you won't go and be the typical pretentious little prick, that annoys everyone else at "typical city aquarium".

Obviously you must believe that you're some sort of professional aquarium critic whose opinion matters, right? How else are you able to compare this "typical city aquarium" with other city aquariums, unless you've been to so many city aquariums.

just...whoa...
Stove / April 14, 2014 at 12:41 pm
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Extremely Disappointing !!!!! Ripley's Aquarium: Overcrowded, and kids shrieking, ear-piercingly painful. Non-stop shrieking in glass tunnels and glass paneled rooms .. if you can imagine? You can't possibly see fish when surrounded by out-of-control shrieking toddlers+ and toddlers in strollers ! Way too many kids, it was like Mommy-day-care. Then, one tiny bench with 10 mothers changing full/packed diapers (with zero facilities .. hygiene?and disposal?) in a tightly closed space "just horrendous" visually and olfactory'ly. Also hapless-women hanging coats on strollers, with strollers falling backward constantly/kids flying. Then unsupervised school-kids showed up at 10:00am. One adult to 30 sugar-amped kids. Over-crowded, no seating. Hardly seen any fish, because I was on high alert trying desperately to not step on kids scrambling like mice under-foot, or strollers with parents not looking. Conclusion: Non-stop Kids-Shrieking!, Ear-piercingly painful, very stinky, over-crowded, seen two fish, and many brown-mozzarella-filled-diapers. Don't go if you want to see fish! I'm positive kids don't see any fish either, at 6 ft ... I only saw the backs of heads and shoulders. Save your money! Buy a Fillet-O-Fish instead.
Welshgrrl / April 14, 2014 at 01:08 pm
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Better to go in the evening ... not nearly as many screaming kids, out of control toddlers, harried parents, and shitty diapers. On the other hand, what you experienced is probably the best free birth control one can ever get.
spybubble how it works / April 18, 2014 at 08:38 pm
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I every time spent my half an hour to read this website's
articles every day along with a mug of coffee.
NiagaarGuy / July 7, 2014 at 09:49 pm
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I don't get it...Marineland get protesters every day, court hearings, coverage of animals being help in captivity, etc etc....how is this place any different??? Where are the people protesting the animals held in captivity??? Fucken hypocrites I tell ya
Janet replying to a comment from Olivia / July 11, 2014 at 09:55 am
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How would you know there are beautiful creatures under the sea if someone hadn't invaded their natural habitat to get photos and tell us about them.

To stay with your theory, do you think that Africans should stay in Africa, and Europeans should stay in Europe?

Even sea creatures travel - many travel thousands of miles every year - way way out of their 'natural habitat' - so if its ok for them to go from one ocean to another why isn't it ok for them to go live in a simulated ocean. I'm sure you don't live in your natural habitat - which was originally Africa and i'm sure you don't mind taking your family to simulated environments like holiday resorts and shopping malls.

As for ripping them from their families - I think you're humanizing them just a little bit - do you worry about people having pets and tearing poor puppies and kittens from their families.
CDO / July 17, 2014 at 07:06 pm
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A monumental waste of money. Long line ups and narrow corridors make for a tight squeeze through out the attraction. In and out in an hour.
Sean / July 17, 2014 at 07:45 pm
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THANKS for sharing those real nice pictures.

You saved me a trip and a whole bunch of money too!

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