Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada
4.5
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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Explore the Waters of the World at Ripley's Aquarium of Canada. Located in the heart of downtown Toronto at the base of the CN Tower, the aquarium is Toronto's must-see attraction for tourists and locals of all ages. Immerse yourself in a world of 20,000 aquatic animals and discover your own underwater adventure. The Aquarium features North America’s longest underwater viewing tunnel with more than 5.7 million litres of water and over 100 interactive opportunities. Get up close and personal with several touch exhibits featuring horseshoe crabs, sharks, scarlet cleaner shrimp, and stingrays as well as daily dive shows every 2 hours. This awe-inspiring attraction consists of nine carefully curated galleries showcasing a cross section of saltwater and freshwater environments from around the world – starting with species from Toronto’s backyard, the Great Lakes basin.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Bryon P
    Toronto, Canada151 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    First Aquarium visit
    This was a great experience. We are both retired. We spent over 2 and a half hours looking at the displays. This is a great place for children and families. We will take our grand children the next time.. We saw the glass being cleaned inside and out, as well as a diver in the shark tank. The hands on area with the RAYS is a great finishing point.
    Visited February 2023
    Written March 9, 2023
  • Roary
    Vancouver, Canada3,060 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice aquarium
    My family has visited a lot of aquariums. Although far from being top tier, it is still a good one. I think the underwater tunnel with moving walkway is quite special. Great way to keep people moving but still enjoying the entire experience. Also have to say that I've been to a lot ray habitats that allow gentle touching, but this is the first one I've seen where some many of them were bobbing in the water wanting to be petted. My kids thought that was really neat. I suppose the aquarium can be quite expensive compared to other attractions, but compared to other aquariums in Canada and the USA, I thought pricing was reasonable. Aquatic animals are not cheap to take care of, so one can't expect it to be cheap.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written March 29, 2023
  • M E
    United States36 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing aquarium but busy and pricey
    A unique aquarium with very cool huge tanks, many with multiple species. Really liked the moving walkway, such a good idea to keep people from crowding the viewing but giving you time to appreciate the view. Was very busy (Sunday morning) so would like to go back on a less busy day if there is such a thing, but unfortunately it is really pricey. It would be helpful if they had a student discount - youth prices are only through age 13.
    Visited April 2023
    Written April 3, 2023
  • Karen P
    Vancouver, Canada103 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the Price
    Most of this aquarium is just like any other aquarium in the world, but the exceptional part is the moving sidewalk with fish, sharks and sea turtles floating above your head. That was so well done and worth the price of admission! It is very crowded, though, which is not so great especially since they removed mask protections and nobody is wearing one anymore.
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 25, 2023
  • ViviViviZ
    Richmond Hill, Canada69 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great aquarium
    Really fun place! The fish were so cute, and I really enjoyed watching the sharks, stingrays and sea turtle. There was a pool where you could touch stingrays, and that was a lot of fun. Gift shop items are a bit pricey, but I'm happy with my purchases nonetheless. Would definitely recommend for families with kids, and animal lovers.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 20, 2023
  • Family5GetAway
    St. John's, Canada295 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place to visit
    Enjoyed our visit to the aquarium. Liked the lay out and the displays, We were there as soon as they opened to avoid the crowds. Unfortunately a school field trip landed the same time so it was very congested and LOUD with students running all around us, but once we let them get ahead of us it was a better visit. I liked the movator through the tunnels filled with fish, you could slowly move while focusing on your surroundings. The sharks, sea turtles and stingrays were abundant and wonderful to see. At the end there is a very large touch tank where you can touch stingrays. That was my favorite part.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 26, 2023
  • SRA54
    Dublin, Ireland61 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Super day out. Gorgeous displays of fish
    Absolutely amazing experience. All the various zones of marine life, different fish & lots of touch information. Takes about 1.5 hours at a nice pace. The tanks are so beautifully lit, and being so close to the fish is a fantastic experience. To see their eyes, teeth, gills, and scales is so fascinating. The moving walkway is such a novel idea that it keeps things going without the crush of crowds. The children zones are fun and interactive. They even popped their heads up under displays to give the impression of them being underwater. Fab day out, highly recommend. Our favourites were the turtles and jellyfish.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 28, 2023
  • Jamie P
    Rochester, New York75 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Large, fun and informative!
    Amazing!!! We loved it 👍🏼😊 everything was clean and easy to see and find our way around. So many educational signs for our kids to read and informative dive show with knowledgeable staff! Very large gift shop with lots of options. Sting ray touch pool was fun! Easy to find, parking downtown is pricey but close by. Near a few restaurants and other downtown area attractions. So much fun!!!
    Thank you for taking the time to leave us such a positive review! We’re so glad you and your family loved seeing our stunning animals. We hold our facility to our highest standards and are committed to our animals conservation as well as the education and entertainment of our visitors. We hope to see you again soon!
    Written July 19, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 4, 2023
  • Hassan G
    Chicago, Illinois10 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good for the most part
    We felt it was good for the most part. A little pricy but what isn't these days. The Aquarium is small and the exhibits are interesting for the most part but it was the end that kind of made up and we felt it was worth it. They had an open area where stingrays were swimming and you could pet them and the kids enjoyed that tremendously and didn't want to leave.
    Thank you for taking the time to leave us such a positive review! We’re so glad you and your family loved seeing our amazing animals and hope you had an unbelievable time. See you again soon!
    Written July 19, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 6, 2023
  • squinn13
    Cambridge, Massachusetts209 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great displays
    The aquarium is great, but people suck. I'd advise they let in people at a slower rate, way too crowded. But the displays and tanks were great. I visited with someone who has limited mobility and the swarms of people made it tough.
    Thank you for taking the time to share your review with us, and we're glad to hear you enjoyed our exhibits! We have extended our hours to 9:00am - 11:00pm, and suggest visitors swim by outside of our peak traffic hours if possible (which are 11:00am - 5:00pm). While we don’t move guests along from viewing exhibits, we trust that the majority of people who are coming to the aquarium are respectful of other people and we are sorry you encountered people who were not. Thank you again for reaching out, we appreciate the feedback as we are always looking for ways to improve!
    Written July 19, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 7, 2023
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May R
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Unless you've already promised your children to visit, it's best to stay away from here. It's insanely crowded, people are packed in like sardines, you can barely move and you will be pushed and shoved. Literally thousands. It was pointless to try to take photos and we couldn't even get close enough to see most of the tanks.

There are no Covid protocols, zero masks, zero spacing and zero sanitizing.

It's very expensive ($83 for 1 adult and 1 child), especially because you will not be able to last more than 30 min.

My experience: I called ahead to take my 8 year old on a weekday. I booked timed tickets, asked about Covid protocols and food options. On arrival there were several large groups (100+ in one), so timed tickets are pointless. No masks for staff or anyone else.
No food available, even though I was told there would be. Immediately after scanning our tickets I asked to briefly exit to get lunch from the food truck outside and was told that if we leave, our tickets will be void. Eventually they let us leave for 15min exactly (they timed us). They made us stand in the entrance to eat our fries, even though it turns out they have a seating area with tables, where I later saw many families eating takeout.

We HAD to exit through the gift shop, which was even more crowded.

What a giant disappointment. This place is obviously very badly managed.
Written July 5, 2022
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keeperof4
New Brunswick170 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Purchased tickets ,time on line,$160+cnd ,understanding limited numbers permitted at one time. Arrived for 3pm,entrance was packed full. Numerous visitors permitted with large suit cases in tow.No order what so ever.People pushing in front of children others to get their selfies! Even at a snails pace with over max capacity took about 1hr+. Directed out through over priced souvenir shop. Only positive is you are up close with sea life (sharks) that are directly over head for a short time. Perhaps off season is a better time to visit more enjoyable experience.
Written August 15, 2022
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Hi there! Thank you for taking the time to leave your feedback. Summer is undoubtedly our peak season and our peak hours are 10am - 5pm. To help guests who wish to have a quieter experience, we have extended our hours all summer long from 9am - 11pm daily.
Written August 15, 2022
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Safi and Fariaa Adventures
Ottawa, Canada760 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
We visited the aquarium in early July 2020. We felt quite safe, as they were limiting the number of visitors. They were also collecting contact info for contact tracing. Everyone had their temperatures checked and hands sanitized prior to entry. Every passageway and staircase were marked for unidirectional walking. Staff was constantly sanitizing the rails and other touchable features. The shark conveyor belt had surfboard stickers to stand on marked for social distancing.

The diaspora of aquatic wildlife you can see at Ripley's Aquarium is incredible. Not only is it gorgeous to see and great to take pictures with, but you can also learn a lot about the wildlife that inhabit our waters. The shark conveyor belt is by far the best feature of the aquarium. Ripley's Aquarium is for everyone, families, couples, kids, or even someone alone.

We highly recommend visiting Ripley's Aquarium when in Toronto. We would recommend about 3 hours to thoroughly enjoy the aquarium. We personally purchased a Toronto CityPass and enjoyed this along with other Toronto must sees. We made a whole day of CN Tower and Ripley's Aquarium.
Written March 11, 2021
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Thank you very much for such a great review!
Written March 23, 2021
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Huong Doan
Sydney, Canada1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
With a special interest in fishes and marine life in general, Ripley's Aquarium of Canada was one of the first places I decided to visit when I came to Toronto. As introduced earlier by one of the staffs, the underwater tunnel is truly amazing. I took a lot of great photos there. Besides, I especially like the jellyfish show, it was outstanding with very creative lighting. In addition, there are many interesting activities you can participate in to interact with marine creatures. It will take you more or less 2 hours depends on the number of activities you want to engage in. This is a great experience for all ages and I recommend this place for you and your family. Lastly, little advices, pack light and if you are here with your children, keep an eye on them. The underwater tunnel is very dark and usually crowded. I have seen many people rushing looking for their children in the tunnel after taking pictures of the marine creatures. If you don't have additional people to look after them, make sure the kids stick around you throughout the journey.
Written March 27, 2020
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Laura K
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Family
We visited the aquarium this week with my 2 young children and their grandparents. Tickets for the 6 of us cost over $220 and had a timed entry. Totally makes sense considering Covid and it being March Break. I thought I was being very smart buying tickets in advance for 3pm. Upon arrival, I discovered that timed entry meant absolutely nothing. The entire aquarium was absolutely packed. From a Covid perspective this made me extremely uncomfortable, but to top it off it was almost impossible to see anything, read any of the educational info or engage with any interactive elements. I paid over $200 to enter a zoo and see some fish from a distance. My children were very disappointed. Many of the tanks we would wait to approach for our “turn” and people would squeeze in front of us. There were no employees anywhere in sight or crowd control of any kind.

I would not go back unless it was a random weekday maybe first thing in the morning and with a discount on tickets.
Written March 22, 2022
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Hello, thank you for taking the time and leaving a review - we are sorry you didn't enjoy your experience with us. March Break is our busiest time of year and I can assure you that the safety of our guests, animals and employees is our utmost priority. We utilize effective ticket monitoring software to ensure that we always remain within capacity as per strict requirements. As well, we do our absolute best to reiterate our peak hours of 11AM-4PM to guests via our phone lines, website scrolling banner, website FAQs list, and various social media platforms. Although not possible for everyone, we try to encourage guests to swim by outside these peak hours for a more comfortable aquarium experience. Thank you again for your valuable feedback.
Written April 11, 2022
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Gem Abroad
Toronto, Canada185 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019
Beautiful, exciting at times and busy! It is exactly what you think it will be, you walk through checking out the different aquariums and reading some facts along the way, make your way to the moving sidewalk tunnel where you get the underwater view. There are also some unique popup spots where you can climb in and check things out from a different point of view.

It is expensive to buy anything there, also to be expected.

Try to visit during off hours to avoid the huge crowds so you can get upp close for a look. especially at the Stingray viewing, it can get backlogged there. They do feedings every couple of hours too, it gets busy for these times as well.
Written January 2, 2020
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Jonisharps
Spring, TX59 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We visited the Ripley's Aquarium in February 2020 on a Sunday, because we had a very long layover in Toronto and we were looking for something easy to get to, that was indoors, and entertaining. Transportation was easy on the Pearson train from the airport. The weather was very cold that day so it was a good choice. If you have the opportunity to choose days, probably a cold Sunday is not the best idea, as it was very crowded that day...but still a great attraciton and it is also close to the CN tower...just about 100 steps!
Written April 4, 2020
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roger v
Toronto, Canada64 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
It's the third time we visited this wondrous location since it re-opened in July, which was significantly more than the entirety of the prior year. Luckily, our annual membership was extended for another twelve months, free of charge.

I like the freedom of coming any time of day, without time slots. The member's entrance also avoids the queue. Friendly greeters allow you to provide vaccination proof and photo ID, which can also be your member card. I also like the spontaniety of viewing any exhibit and stay as long as you need, without trying to cram the visit to see every site.

At the Kelp pool, you can daydream on how these massive plants would have soared to the light, and the myriad of life that teamed within it's embrace. At the Rainbow Reef, I sink in to visions of snorkelling on turqouise waters off the Spanish Main, with pirates, Pizarro gold and plunder. Imagine as brightly coloured fish reflect the luminous gems that fell from a Manila Galleon recently attacked by privateers. Or picture accompanying a Cousteau expedition with stingrays and sharks.

I am definately grateful for these havens in the heart of the city, where you can go to unwind and feed the soul. It is definately great therapy that the calming waters provide.
Written October 30, 2021
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Hi Roger, thank you for leaving such lovely feedback! We are so glad you have been able to enjoy the aquarium!
Written November 17, 2021
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Delena I
Freeport, Caroni, Trinidad and Tobago130 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
The aquarium was definitely one of the most fun things I did while I visited Toronto. Totally worth it due to the size and number of exhibits and species. It was clean, with ample seating and at the time we visited it was not crowded at all. We spent about 2 - 3 hours or so, but could have stayed longer due to the lots of information provided at the exhibits and also just staring at some of the sea life. I actually wish I had done the tube/tunnel twice. It was also interactive with trying to touch the sting rays, so that was lots of fun too.

I accessed the Aquarium as part of the City Pass, which I would highly recommend due to the savings by the way, as part of a couple in late February/early March. I would also recommended that time of year to visit as there was enough space and no crowds to be able to linger wherever you wanted to go.

There is also a cafe, the location of which was a bit misleading as it was so early on honestly, but there is a lot to explore afterwards.
Written January 4, 2023
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Thank you so much for taking the time to write your positive review! We are thrilled to hear you had such a lovely experience at our establishment and that you enjoyed our amazing animals as much as we do. Our mission is to provide a world-class Aquarium that will foster aquatic education and conservation, while simultaneously providing entertainment for visitors of all ages. Our goal is to offer an exceptional experience for our guests, and we appreciate you taking notice! We hope you visit us again soon!
Written January 5, 2023
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Joe S
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
If you like the feeling of being claustrophobic and are hoping to test positive for COVID-19, this is the place to visit on the weekends. We went this past Saturday and it was impossible to actually view anything due to the crowds. (99% not wearing masks) I don’t understand why they don’t limit the number of people but still charge full admission for jam packing the building.
Written July 11, 2022
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