The Shark Tunnel in Ripley's Aquarium opening next month in Toronto
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Ripley's Aquarium

Ripley’s Aquarium opening soon in Toronto


Ripley’s Entertainment is applying the finishing touches, such as adding the salt to the water, as they get ready for the opening of their new aquarium in Toronto, in September.  There is no fixed date as General Manager, Peter Doyle, says the company does not go ahead until everything is perfect, and all the marine life is comfortable in their new home.

Moving around in the underwater world of Ripley’s Aquarium opening soon in Toronto © courtesy of Ripley’s Aquarium

This is the third aquarium Ripley’s has opened in North America.  And one of their advertised events is the opportunity to “Sleep with the Sharks”.  Peter Doyle said this opportunity has been a big success in their two other locations in Gatlinburg, Tennessee and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  But in Toronto, they have discovered adults are interested in trying the experience, as well as children!

Peter Doyle says the mission of the Aquarium is to both entertain and educate. In a new building, designed specifically for this function, in a great location at the foot of the CN Tower, visitors and residents of Toronto can go directly from a sky adventure to an underwater one.






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10 comments on “Ripley’s Aquarium opening soon in Toronto
  1. Dan Edwards says:

    I recently went to the Toronto aquarium.
    i am a animal rights activist supporter.
    Except for a couple of tanks for some smaller sharks and the octopus tank… all other tanks were very spacious for the creatures and they seemed to be well taken care of.

  2. I always like to read a quality content having accurate information regarding the subject and the same thing I found in this post ripleys aquarium opening soon in toronto post. Nice work.

  3. I really want have an opportunity to goto “Sleep with the Sharks”.

  4. Tess says:

    This is an outdated form of entertainment and the only reason for opening this is $$$$$. These fish are caught by killing their habitat, poisoning reefs and inhumane capture. Adding salt to water doesn’t make it habitable. It isn’t the same as ocean water. These fish and all the other marine life in aquariums belong in the ocean not in some glass bubble.

  5. Carlos says:

    In times where documentaries like Blackfish are shedding a light on what goes behind the scenes and (thankfully) contributing to a decline in attendance at Seaworld; in times where places like Marineland are involved in animal mistreatment, and endless captivity; in times where the Japanese cove is red because of the totally unnecessary killing of dolphins for food and entertainment, there is no place for an aquarium in Toronto nor anywhere else in the world. The only thing this outdated form of entertainment can teach us is how arrogant human race is, a place no different than a circus or a zoo. It is a testimony of how we humans take advantage of the weaker animals for no other reason than economic gain.

  6. Rosemary Waigh says:

    I’m very saddened by the opening of this facility. Even the best aquarium cannot come anywhere near these animals’ natural environment. Wild animals are best left in the wild, not imprisoned for human amusement.

  7. D Fong says:

    Captivity kills. No aquariums or marine parks can replicate the natural habitat that marine mammals need for their physical and mental well-being. A tank is not a home. Marine mammals (such as sharks to be displayed at Ripley’s Toronto) belong to the oceans and they once had a family there before they got mercilessly ripped away from their family.

    Like zoos, aquariums and marine parks numb our children’s (and our) sensitivity to needless captivity and the voiceless suffering of marine species. Please watch the movie – Blackfish (or at least the trailer thereof) and you will understand the unspoken suffering of marine mammals in captivity.

    The majority of wild-caught marine mammals die within their first year in captivity. It is ironic that captivity facilities make claims about doing ‘specie conservation’ work or about protecting the health of the oceans. If they were truly for conservation, they would have let these majestic marine mammals born free and live free in the oceans where these animals would have a much greater chance of survival. If they were truly for sustainability, they would have challenged the commercial fishing industry, which presents the single biggest threat to the oceans, and they would have severed ties with the fisheries that should be held responsible for endangering these marine species in the first place.

  8. So looking forward to the opening of Ripley’s Aquarium in Toronto. It is definitely a “plus” for the city and province!

  9. I’m not really sure on how “sleeping with the sharks” would bring in the customers but I guess they have a good marketing ploy for it. If it’s Ripley’s then it must be something pretty amazing again. Can’t wait to read and view feedbacks first from people visited already before deciding to visit.

    – James Taste