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Ripley's Aquarium of Canada Coming to Toronto
Ripley's Aquarium of Canada - The Toronto Aquarium

An artist's conception of the main lobby of Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

Ripley Entertainment Inc.
There's a new attraction currently under construction in Toronto. Ripley's Aquarium of Canada is slated to open in the summer of 2013, and when it does visitors should be able to explore over 45 exhibits offering views of saltwater and freshwater species from around the world.

The new Toronto aquarium will join current attractions such as the Toronto Zoo and Reptilia in giving locals and tourists alike a chance to see living creatures in a family-friendly setting.

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 Aquarium

It 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 Aquarium

According 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
One of the highlights is sure to be Shark Lagoon, which will house sand tiger sharks along with other species, and which will be viewable from inside a tunnel with a moving walkway.

There are also plans for a gift shop (called the Cargo Hold) and a café, along with spaces for educational programs and corporate events.

Education and Conservation

According 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

Jobs and Volunteering at the Toronto Aquarium

Although the aquarium is still under construction, there's a jobs section on the official Ripley's Aquarium of Canada website which prospective applicants can keep an eye on for updates. In the meantime, you can explore About.com: Animal Careers for tips on working in animal-related positions.
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