The aquarium was originally intended for Niagara Falls, where it would undoubtedly fit in on the kitschy Clifton Hill, but plans fell through and it opened in Toronto in 2013. It houses 5.7 million litres of marine and freshwater habitats from around the world, with more than 20,000 exotic sea and freshwater specimens making up over 450 species. A particular highlight is the Dangerous Lagoon, an underwater tunnel with a moving conveyor belt that takes you beneath a tank featuring sharks, stingrays, sawfish, and sea turtles.
Unsurprisingly, Ripley’s Aquarium has been the target of animal liberation groups and the site of several protests and demonstrations. The attraction also made national news in 2018 when an inebriated visitor from British Columbia jumped into the shark tank, naked.
I came across a collection of photos from when I visited back in 2017, and thought I would share. Enjoy!