Since it opened in October of 2013 the Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada has been a popular tourist attraction in downtown Toronto. So popular in fact that the lines to get into it have been reported to be 30 minutes to and hour long. So when a fellow travel blogger Helen at NotWithoutMyPassport.com told me she scored us some blogger passes to the venue I was super excited!
Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada
The trick to visiting a new or very popular attraction is to know the best times to go. So if you really want to see the aquarium (and I highly recommend you do) then the best times to visit are Monday-Friday after 3PM. The most busy times are on weekends between 11AM and 4PM. So if you hit the Aquarium do so in the evening and keep an eye on their official Facebook Page and Twitter Feed for up-to-the minute line updates. We chose a crisp cold Monday evening for our visit and took our time walking through each exhibit snapping tonnes of shots at each display. We started our journey in the Canadian Waters exhibit and marvelled at all the amazing fish from Canada. The exhibit included a number Canadian species including Lobster, Eel and an amazing Pacific Kelp tank filled with fish all beating to the drum of the current as the kelp waved in unison. It was pretty mesmerizing.
Canadian Fish in the Pacific Kelp Exhibit
We moved into the Rainbow Reef exhibit which displayed corals in the most amazing colours. I don’t even know if I was able to capture it in photos.
Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada Family Fun
The highlight of the trip for me had to be the Dangerous Lagoons exhibit. It was an amazing tunnel with a slow moving sidewalk that slowly transported you right through a massive aquarium filled with different species of sharks, stingrays and fish.
The Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada features many interactive exhibits where kids (and adults) can play, including a great play area, where you can touch sharks and stingrays as they swim around in the shallow tanks.
Did I say the Dangerous Lagoons exhibit was my favourite. Well then we headed further through the exhibit and met these guys. Happy to sit and pose for pictures!
Then we got to Planet Jelly and I was just floored. This amazing tank filled with Jelly Fish that floated in no particular fashion up and down the wall of the tank as the light behind them changed colours was an awesome site. It was meditative to see the jelly fish change colours with the tank.
We saw many species of marine life at the Aquarium. These seahorses were pretty amazing to watch. So delicate as they carefully swam in their tank.
The night ended at the large Stingray Touch Tank where we waited patiently as the large stingrays swam underneath our hands. They are so soft!
I can’t wait to go back to the Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada to see these incredible exhibits. Knowing what to expect now, I think I will take more time at each exhibit to get some more amazing shots of this incredible underwater paradise. This visit was sponsored by Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, however this does not affect my review and the opinions expressed are my own.