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Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada – Canada’s Largest Indoor Aquarium – Opens in Toronto

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Ripley's Aquarium of Canada has opened to the public in Toronto and is expected to draw over 2 million visitors per year.

The largest indoor aquarium in Canada is a 12, 500 square metre (135, 000 square foot) attraction with over 5.7 million litres of water.  The Aquarium includes more than 16, 000 marine animals and over 450 species with the biggest shark collection in North America and one of the world’s most extensive jelly fish exhibits.

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada attractions include:

  • The Canadian Waters Gallery – 17 exhibits of native Canadian aquatic animals featuring rare electric blue lobsters from the Atlantic Ocean, unusual Arctic Grayling, giant Pacific octopuses, and a 180-degree Pacific Kelp panel exhibit with wave-making actions that simulate the British Columbia shoreline.
  • A 420, 000 litre Rainbow Reef tank with 60 species from the Caribbean and Indo-Pacific regions including tangs, surgeonfish, angles, butterfly fish, damsels, chromis and clownfish.
  • A Discovery Centre with tsunami simulator, Great Lakes locks exhibit, horseshoe crab touch pools, yellow 'research' submarine, Shark Reef crawl tunnel, and bubble peekaboo pop-ups among pufferfish and clown fish.
  • Ray Bay – a large viewing area and an interactive Ray touch pool.
  • The Gallery featuring exotic marine life such as the delicate sea horse and leafy sea dragons, as well as some of the world's most poisonous fish – lionfish and stone fish.
  • A revolutionary behind the scenes look at actual Life Support System of two of the Aquarium's largest tanks; Dangerous Lagoon and Ray Bay.
  • More than 100 interactive exhibits including touch pools, multimedia displays and learning centres.

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada is also home to a highly-experienced animal husbandry team of more than 20 marine biologists and aquarists under the leadership of Director of Husbandry, Andy Dehart.

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