Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada is an unforgettable learning destination for children, youth and adults. Our mission is to provide a top quality,world class aquatic life facility that will foster environmental education,conservation, and research, while simultaneously providing entertainment for visitors of all ages.
Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada is the first and only aquatic facility of its kind in Ontario. As such, we intend to provide students and guests of all ages with a wide selection of quality environmental education programs that will enhance their visit experience.
Our suite of school programs offers a range of interactive and exciting options that are designed to meet Ontario Ministry of Education curriculum standards and provide participants with a deeper understanding of the aquatic world and the importance of environmental protection and conservation.
Thank you for choosing Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada as a destination for your students.
The Aquarium has limited capacity, particularly for our school workshops. Please have second and third date choices selected as schools are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis.
The Aquarium offers curriculum-connected hands-on workshop programs in our classrooms. See our school workshop and gallery program descriptions below.
Please note, each classroom can accommodate up to 30 students (plus accompanying adults).
The Aquarium opens at 9:00am. Your lunch and school workshop times will be scheduled based on the arrival and departure times you indicate, so please try to account for travel time and arrival logistics.
The Aquarium requires the following ratio of adult supervisors to students:
Supervisors are required to actively engage with their students at all times and are solely responsible for managing student behavior.
Adults within the above noted ratios are free of charge, additional adults $25.48.
Coat racks are available in The Holding Tank Room. Lunches can also be stored there (note: no refrigeration or microwaves are available for school use). This area is not locked, please do not leave valuable items.
Students are encouraged to bring litter-less lunches and refillable drink bottles. Please see our “Zero Waste Challenge” for tips. A lunch time will be scheduled for your group, please indicate on your reservation form if you have a preferred lunch time.
Students wishing to purchase food can do so in our Café.
School groups wishing to pre-order student and teacher/adult supervisor lunches should contact firstname.lastname@example.org for menu details and pricing.
|Visit options||Price per student||Price per adult|
|Aquarium Galleries only (Self-Guided)||$10 + HST||Free within ratio|
|Aquarium plus Gallery Educator program||$11 + HST||Free within ratio|
|Aquarium plus Classroom workshop||$12 + HST||Free within ratio|
|Extra Adults||$25.48 + HST|
JK to Grade 3 (Primary) 1:5; Grade 4-6 (Junior) 1:8; Grade 7-12 (Intermediate & Senior) 1:10
*Prices are subject to HST. Programs, prices and policies are subject to change without notice. School Group rates are already discounted, no additional coupons, passes or membership discounts apply. Minimum group size to qualify to School Group rates: 10 students.
Please note: Requesting online helps to ensure that all of the required booking information is accurately communicated to the Aquarium as it is inputted directly by you. However, if you are having difficulty using the online form please call 647-351-3474 for assistance.
If requesting online, you will receive an email confirmation that your request has been received.
If requesting by phone or mail, you will receive a personalized confirmation within 4 weeks.
If you haven’t heard from the Aquarium within 4 weeks of sending in your workshop request, please contact our Education Department at 647-351-3474 or email@example.com.
Full payment is due upon arrival on the day of your visit. Price adjustments will be made based on the exact numbers attending. We accept Visa, MasterCard and school cheques payable to Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada.
Gallery Programs take place on the floor of the Aquarium at a specified tank. An Educator will facilitate a discussion about the tank and the animals that inhabit it, coach students in a guided observation, and lead a short educational game or activity.
Gallery Programs are 30-40 minutes in duration.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further details on Gallery Programs.
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