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Sunday, May 29, 2016

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada 4/9/2016

I love aquariums. I have always loved visiting the National Aquarium in Baltimore; as a child and teenager I looked forward to our trips to Baltimore to see the National Aquarium, the Inner Harbor, and the historical sites.When I saw that Toronto had an aquarium, I had to visit! 

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada opened in Toronto in October 2013. Looking at Wikipedia, here is some brief history about Ripley's Aquarium:

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 C$130 million.[4] The aquarium opened to the public in October 2013.

The project was a partnership with three levels of government. The federal government's Canada Lands Companycontributed $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 $11 million to the project, and the City of Torontoprovided property-tax incentives amounting to between $8 million and $12 million over the first twelve years of the aquarium.

I wasn't disappointed with my visit. It took a good two hours walking around looking at all the breeds of fish. I loved getting selfies with sharks and rays. I also had the opportunity to pet sting rays. It was odd - they felt like wet rubber boots, but a cool experience too.

I also met many international people that I had fun chatting with. I met these students from Brazil and when it was time to go to Union Station, they had to go there as well and we walked together. 


  1. Hi, Jessica Marie!

    I love aquariums. A few years ago Mrs. Shady and I visited the Florida Aquarium in Tampa. It looks like Toronto has a great aquarium, too. Your camera captured some excellent images of the fish and other forms of marine life. It's so cool that you can get a closer look at the fish and pose for pictures from "inside" one of the huge tanks. The shots of jellyfish remind me of the time I got stung by one of those creatures at the beach around age ten.

    Thank you for taking us with you on a tour of Ripley's Aquarium of Canada, dear friend Jessica. I wish you and your family a safe and happy Memorial Day!

    1. Hi Shady!

      Thank you! I have fortunately never been stung, but I remember when my cousin was stung some 16 years ago. Very painful, but they look so pretty.

      I'm 4'10 and can usually fit inside of those types of things. Those tubes the children were crawling through, I could fit... but I decided not to crawl through. Sometimes being short is fun. :)

      Thank you! It's just Mimi and me this Memorial Day - and finishing my book. I'm going to have a special post tomorrow. I hope you have a wonderful and safe Memorial Day as well!