A shark swims in the Shark Tunnel at Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada.

Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada | Destination Ontario

Guide to visit Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

A shark swims in the Shark Tunnel at Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada.

Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada | Destination Ontario

Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada is a multi-level, state-of-the-art aquarium with a vast array of over 20,000 incredible sea creatures and aquatic animals representing over 450 different species.

The stunning exhibits, hands-on activities and detailed information is designed to appeal to visitors of all ages who are fascinated by marine life.

Location

This attraction is located in the entertainment district of downtown Toronto at 288 Bremner Boulevard, just a short walk from the CN Tower. You can access the aquarium from Union Station via a pedestrian pathway. There is no on-site parking, however there is very limited street parking and some underground lots nearby.

When to visit

The aquarium is open daily, year-round from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

The aquarium is busiest from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m during the summer, on weekends and on holidays. In the off-season, peak hours are 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Give yourself at least two to three hours to enjoy the full experience properly.

Accessibility

Ripley’s has been designated a Certified Autism Centre by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards.

Ramps are located on the west and east sides of the facility, and two parking spots are available on a first-come, first-served basis for guests with accessible parking passes. The aquarium is fully wheelchair accessible, and a limited number of manual wheelchairs are available at Guest Services free of charge.

Contact guest services in advance with specific mobility or service requirements so you can be comfortably accommodated.

Refreshments, restrooms and gift shop

Outside food and drinks are not permitted in the aquarium. Ripley’s Café is located on the lower level and features a kid-approved menu of tasty treats and snacks.

Fully accessible washrooms are located on both the upper and lower levels, with changing stations.

The Ripley’s Cargo Hold Gift Shop is on the upper level beside the Shoreline Gallery, but you can also shop the online store for mementos, apparel and gift cards.

Visitor tips

Get tickets in advance and skip the line for purchasing tickets when you visit. This will save you a lot of time, especially during peak season and holidays.

General admission tickets range from $12.50 for children ages 3 to 5, $29 for youth ages 6 to 13, $29 for seniors 65+ and $45 for adults. You can also purchase an annual pass for unlimited admission to the aquarium and discounts on guest tickets, Ripley’s Café and the gift shop.

Note: Hand-held cameras are allowed in the aquarium, and for the best results, avoid using your flash. You’ll need special permission for any commercial photography or video.

What you’ll experience at Ripley’s Aquarium

The aquarium features two floors with 11 unique gallery exhibits and different marine habitats containing over 5.7 million litres of water. That means there’s a lot to see!

Luckily, the aquarium is well laid out, so you won’t get lost as you explore one fascinating exhibit after another.

Upper Level

Enter through the Guest Services lobby and move through the Discovery Centre Overlook to Canadian Waters. Learn all about the underwater life that calls this country home, including alewives, sea urchins, red anemones, lobsters and the giant Pacific octopus.

Pause at the Kelp Forest to watch the mesmerizing sway of the thick green seaweed. Also, it’s a prime photo op spot.

In the Shoreline Gallery, admire shore dwellers like stingrays and starfish.

You’ll get a fresh vantage point of the sharks from above in the Dangerous Lagoon Overlook.

Lower Level

Start in the Rainbow Reef, with a dazzling and colourful array of Indo-Pacific species and an interactive dive show.

Next, experience North America’s longest underwater viewing tunnel along a slow-moving conveyor belt pathway at the Dangerous Lagoon. This massive tank is home to marine animals of every shape and size including sharks, stingrays, eels and green turtles. Watch them swim beside and above what feels like the ocean floor.

In the Discovery Centre, enjoy hands-on, interactive activities including the chance to touch the back of a shark or stingray (with staff supervision). There’s also an aquatic-themed playground and a simulated submarine.

View some of the ocean’s most interesting inhabitants in The Gallery, from seahorses and living corals to piranhas and electric eels.

Dive into the eerie history of Canada’s famous wreckages in Shipwrecks. Unearth lost artifacts and come face-to-fin with curious creatures.

Watch the whimsical, colour-changing jellyfish dance and float in Planet Jellies and catch a daily dive show, where divers feed six species of stingrays in Ray Bay.

Finally, in the Life Support Systems, you’ll be introduced to the engineering genius of pipes, tanks and equipment that keep the aquarium running.

 

If you have questions about ticketing, parking, or general questions about your visit, refer to the Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada FAQ page in their Plan Your Visit section.

Last updated: June 3, 2024

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