Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada

We didn’t really plan much for our trip to Toronto. Since we were going to be doing all traveling in the city by foot or by train I thought it would be more fun to just to wander around and take things as they came instead of having specific places plotted out to visit. One thing that I really wanted to do though was visit the aquarium. I love aquariums and I had heard Toronto was supposed to have a pretty impressive one. Albeit, I was a bit nervous about visiting since I had read a lot of reviews saying how incredibly crowded it gets – like wall to wall people. I’m not too keen on crowds.

The lure of visiting an amazing aquarium was too much for me to resist. Surprisingly, even though it was Halloween, the aquarium wasn’t too crowded. Okay, so, there were a few times where in my head I was thinking “Ughhh, mooooove!” All in all, it was a pretty awesome experience. I’m really glad we went despite any reservations I had.

There were two main highlights for me at Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada. One was Dangerous Lagoon which is a massive tank that is a tunnel you’re able to walk through. (seen below) It has a moving walkway so you can basically just look around, chill, take pictures, etc without worrying about walking into anyone. There are oodles of fish in there but the stars of the show are obviously the sharks. Let me tell you, having a shark swim right over your head is waaaay cool. I really enjoyed looking at all their teeth as they leisurely drifted above me. I’ve been to oodles of aquariums but I had never really been able to be so close to a shark before. It was awesome!

The other thing I really loved at the aquarium was the Shoreline Gallery. It’s a large, shallow-ish tank where you’re allowed to touch stingrays, and according to the website, sharks as well. (There was a sign up that said not to touch the sharks while we were there! Boo!) YOU GUYS, I loved petting the stingrays! As they swam around the tank they’d come close to the edge and come up high enough for you to reach. It reminded me of the ways cats lean into to be pet. Stingrays feel so awesome. I could have sat there and giggled at them all day. The aquarium also offers a stringray experience where you get to be in the tank with them but in true Kaylah and Jeff form we didn’t know this until it was too late.


More posts from my Toronto trip :
Toronto for the weekend
Toronto’s Graffiti Alley

Author: Kaylah

Just a green haired gal from Cleveland, Ohio.

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  • When I was little my family had a membership at the Vancouver Aquarium and I spent many a weekend with my tiny fingers in the shoreline pools poking starfish and hermit crabs. Your black and white photos are gorgeous.

    • Heh! I thought it was kind of funny that at the pool where you could touch the stingrays it was basically all adults with their arms in the tank. Some people just never grow out of it. ๐Ÿ˜›

      Thank you!

  • If you ever make it to Toronto again and want to visit the aquarium again, go during their evening hours! Admission is $5 cheaper and it's way less crowded. My favourite part of the aquarium is the jellyfish! I could watch them for hours.

  • Your photographs are always absolutely fantastic, and these are just stunning. The black and white makes them feel so serene! That's so cool that you got to pet the stingrays! I got the chance to when I was very young, but I would love to do it again – I thought it was awesome ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I love aquariums! I have been to the one in Newport, KY which sounds a lot like this one. It is totally boss. They also have the tunnel…and the feeling tanks. One of them you can touch horseshoe crabs and little baby sharks and in and the other is stingrays and little sharks. When we were there a kid was trying to pet a shark in the stingray tank and it jumped up to bite him. I peaced out after that. I love the stingrays, but I definitely don't recommend the sharks. Also, they have a penguin parade there which is like life giving. When I was in one of those tunnels, I was taking photos, and took a picture of a shark, I looked at my camera screen for a second, and when I looked up the shark was directly in front of me at eye level…I let out a little scream, and everyone else there really seemed to enjoy that.