Although general operating hours have yet to be announced, according to a press release from Ripley's the Toronto aquarium will be open 365 days a year.
Where is Toronto's Aquarium Going to Be?The aquarium is being built at the base of the CN Tower, facing onto Bremner Boulevard. This puts it just south of the downtown core and near to both the Rogers Centre and the Metro Toronto Convention Centre and almost directly across from the Steam Whistle Brewing Roundhouse.
Getting to the AquariumIt will be easy to walk to Ripley's Aquarium of Canada from Union Station using the Skywalk path, or to to take the Spadina streetcar to Bremner Boulevard and walk east past the Rogers Centre. Pedestrians should also be able to access it using the path which starts at the base of John Street at Front Street West and goes south past the Rogers Centre.
Things to See and Do at the Toronto AquariumAccording to the information released by Ripley's Entertainment Inc., visitors will be able to see:
- A Tropical Reef tank
- Atlantic and Pacific Ocean Habitats
- Jellyfish, seahorses, and stingrays
- and Great Lakes exhibits, among many other displays
There are also plans for a gift shop (called the Cargo Hold) and a café, along with spaces for educational programs and corporate events.
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Education and ConservationAccording to the official Ripley's Aquarium of Canada website, there are plans for the aquarium to offer school programs, teacher workshops, outreach programs, scout workshops and more, with "trained educators" onsite to help provide information to all visitors.
There are also plans for Toronto's aquarium to take part in several annual initiatives including:
- The Great Canadian Shoreline Clean-up
- Earth Hour
- Earth Day Canada
- World Oceans Day