Location: Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada is located in the heart of downtown Toronto, next door to the iconic CN Tower on Bremner Boulevard and surrounded by landmarks including the Rogers Centre, MTCC (Metro Toronto Convention Centre) and the Entertainment District.
- Opening Date: 2013
- Square footage: 12,000 square-metre (130,000 sq.ft.)
- Total volume of water: 5.7 million litre (1,500,000 gallon)
- Total exhibits: 45 + interactives
Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada Introduces Water for First Time Hydro-Testing of Shark Lagoon Begins
With less than a year to go before opening, Toronto’s newest family attraction – Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada – has reached another milestone in its construction.
Hydro-Testing of the acrylic tanks that will one day hold more than 13,000 inhabitants is set to begin Friday morning, Come witness the event as the 2.84 million litre (750,000 gallons) Shark Lagoon is filled with water for the first time. The testing is the first step in making sure the acrylic tanks, supporting piping and life support systems have no leaks. Once that is established, the rock work theming will begin.
Media are invited to the construction site to capture photos and video of this milestone event.
- WHAT: Hydro-Testing of Shark Lagoon.
- WHEN: Friday, Aug. 10 at 10 a.m.
- WHERE: 288 Bremner Blvd (gather at the construction trailer located at the base of the CN Tower)
- WHO: Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada
Facts About Hydro-Testing
- The first water introduced into the acrylic tanks of Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada took place on Friday morning, Aug. 10, 2012.
- Hydro-Testing of the 2.84 million litre (750,000 gallon) Shark Lagoon began that morning.
- Testing will continue on all tanks that will eventually be home to 13,500 inhabitants.
- Hydro-Testing is the first step in making sure the acrylic tanks, supporting piping and life support systems have no leaks.
- Water will remain in each tank for up to seven days before being pumped into the next tank for the same testing regimen.
- As each tank passes the leak-test and is drained, the rock work and other theming will begin.
- Each tank will have three individual hydro-tests prior to the fish population being added.
Facts About Acrylic Panels
- The acrylic panels were specially made in Japan at the Nippura Company, as they are the most trusted and qualified supplier to produce panels of the highest quality.
- A total of 50 panels ranging in size from 700 mm x 334 mm to 14,850 mm x 3,861 mm will be positioned into place and used within the aquarium.
- The lightest panel weighs only 6 kg and the heaviest panel weights 11,550 kg.
- The thickness of the panels range from 20 mm to 305 mm.
- All 50 panels are expected to be put in place by the end of July 2012.
- While most of the panels were cast at the factory, two of the largest will need to be chemically bonded on site.
- The North and South Tunnel sections of the shark lagoon will contain 6 and 7 panels, respectively, with seam/sealant joint.
- Wednesday, June 13, 2012 marked the first installation of the panels, commencing with the north section of the tunnel and using a total of six panels ranging in size from 4,672 mm x 5,698 mm to 7,244 mm x 5,698 mm and in weight from 2,201 kg to 3,338 kg .
- Small chips or cracks in the panel can be repaired chemically on site.
Aquarium Project Facts
- The construction of this world-class marine habitat will create more than 600 jobs, producing an instantaneous economic impact of more than $50 million, $35 million of which will be labor income. Futhermore, during the two-year construction period, the project is projected to generate more than $25 million in taxes for all three levels of government.
- The most anticipated and new family attraction in Toronto since the Hockey Hall of Fame, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada is expected to draw nearly two-million visitors each year.
- The 130,000-square-foot Aquarium will be one of the largest in North America, with a capacity of 1.5-million gallons.
- The Aquarium will conduct ongoing breeding/conservation programs for endangered species, including ongoing tagging and tracking programs for sand tiger sharks in conjunction with universities and government agencies.
- The acrylic panels were specially made in Japan at the Nippura Company, as they are the most trusted and qualified supplier to produce panels of the highest quality
- Wednesday, June 13, 2012 marks the first installation of the panels, commencing with the north section of the tunnel and using a total of six panels ranging in size from 4,672 mm x 5,698 mm to 7,244 mm x 5,698 mm and in weight from 2,201 kg to 3,338 kg