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Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada Hits 10 Million Visitor Mark

August 14th, 2018

Canada’s largest indoor aquarium to welcome milestone guest this week

From the hypnotic dance of colour-changing jellyfish to an up close and personal view of sea turtles and sharks swimming above, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada has been thrilling guests from around the world since splashing onto Toronto’s tourism scene in October 2013. This week, Canada’s largest indoor aquarium will mark an important milestone as it prepares to welcome its 10 millionth guest.

Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada has become an integral part of Toronto’s revitalized South Core district, helping to drive traffic to the area along Bremner Blvd. In addition to its own programming and education efforts, the Aquarium has also partnered with local attractions and businesses to further enhance the guest experience, including the joint Sea the Sky program with the CN Tower, as well as the Toronto CityPASS program.

“We always wanted to build an aquarium in downtown Toronto and the success of the Ripley’s Aquarium has been phenomenal,” says Peter Doyle, General Manager, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada. “One of our greatest achievements has been our involvement in the revitalization of the South Core, which has led to an incredible transformation of the tourism industry in Toronto,” he says.

“The Aquarium is an important piece in the Toronto story we tell when attracting visitors to our city,” says Johanne Bélanger, President and CEO, Tourism Toronto. “Now with 10 million
visitors, it’s abundantly clear that when the world experiences Toronto, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada is at the top of the list,” she says.

Based on projected attendance, the Aquarium will admit the 10 millionth guest on Thursday, August 16th between 10-11am EST.

To celebrate, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada will award the entrant with a one-of-a-kind VIP Sleepover Experience* which includes:

  • A private sleepover in Dangerous Lagoon for up to 12 guests
  • Behind the scenes tour
  • Dinner at 360 at the CN Tower
  • Crafts and activities throughout the evening
  • Souvenir photo
  • Gift bags, snacks and beverages
  • Personal dive show
  • Aquatic-themed decor, robes and pajamas
  • Breakfast in bed
  • One-night stay at Delta Hotel Toronto

*Rules and restrictions apply. Based on availability. No cash value. Non-transferrable

Media Contacts:

Lauren Chan
647-351-3474 x 2631
lchan@ripleys.com

Melanie Greco
647-456-2653
melanie@getinkpr.ca

Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada Cleans Up This Weekend

June 8th, 2018

Shoreline cleanup planned for Humber Marshes

In honour of World Oceans Day and as part of the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup initiative, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada will conduct a shoreline cleanup of the Humber Marshes, this Sunday, June 10th at 10am.

Members of the general public will join the Aquarium’s Blue Team to collect garbage and recycling from the shores of the Humber Marshes – one of the few remaining river mouth marshes in Toronto and an important breeding habitat for ducks, turtles, and fish; as well as a significant corridor for migratory song birds and monarch butterflies.

Who: Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada
What: Shoreline Cleanup
Where: Humber Marshes (Meeting location: Sunnyside Park parking lot – Windermere Ave at Lakeshore Blvd W)
When: Sunday, June 10th
10am – 12pm

Media Contact:

Lauren Chan
647-351-3474 x 2631
lchan@ripleys.com

A Summer Kick-Off at Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada

June 7, 2018

Downtown Toronto attraction hosts Country Night on Friday, June 15th

Dust off those Daisy Dukes and break out your cowboy hat – it’s Country Night at Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada. On Friday, June 15th, Canada’s largest indoor aquarium will host its first-ever 19+ country night featuring live entertainment, specialty food stations, and mechanical bull rides.

Kick up your cowboy boots to the sounds of Boots and Hearts Music Festival’s official DJ, Johnny Rivex along with one of Canada’s hottest new recording artists, Chelsea Crites. Stop by the Daniel et Daniel Wild West Chuck Wagon food station for some classic fare including white cheddar mac ‘n cheese, burgers, and pulled pork poutine. And don’t forget to finish it all off with a signature Tenne-sea Whiskey Mule.

For a real cowboy challenge, test your skills on the mechanical bull for a chance to win General Admission Weekend Tickets to the Boots and Hearts Music Festival, August 9-12th, 2018 at Burl’s Creek, Oro-Medonte.

Country Night runs from 8pm until midnight. Tickets are available to purchase in advance or at the door. For more information, visit https://www.ripleyaquariums.com/canada/groupsevents/country-night/.

Media Contact:

Lauren Chan
647-351-3474 x 2631
lchan@ripleys.com

New Exhibit Unveiled at Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada

February 27, 2018

Just in time for March Break, Curious Creatures celebrates 100-year legacy of Robert Ripley

On a re-purposed junk boat with a skeleton crew, Robert Ripley set out to uncover the world’s most unusual, awe-inspiring creatures and artifacts from around the globe. And now, guests can walk in the footsteps of this modern-day Marco Polo at Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada’s new Curious Creatures: From the Travels of Robert Ripley exhibit. Media are invited to a special preview of the new exhibit on Thursday, March 1st between 10am – 1pm. Curious Creatures will open to the public at 9am on Friday, March 2nd.

Who: Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada
What: Media launch of new Curious Creatures exhibit
Where: 288 Bremner Blvd.
When: Thursday, March 1st | 10am – 1pm

Media are asked to please RSVP to lchan@ripleys.com. Interviews with Aquarium personnel available upon request.

Lauren Chan
647-351-3474 x 2631
lchan@ripleys.com

Melanie Greco
647-456-2653
melanie@getinkpr.ca

Around the World Adventures with Robert Ripley

February 26, 2018

New exhibit at Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada showcases the world’s most Curious Creatures

Believe it or Not. On a repurposed junk boat with a skeleton crew, Robert Ripley set out to uncover the world’s most unusual, awe-inspiring creatures and artifacts from around the globe. And now, guests can walk in the footsteps of this modern-day Marco Polo at Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada’s new Curious Creatures exhibit.

As guests step inside the room inspired by Ripley’s Mon Lei junk boat, they’ll be immersed in the iconic explorer’s world. The carefully curated collection includes some of Ripley’s most acclaimed finds from across the globe such as marine animals and artifacts from China, the Caribbean, Australia, Indonesia and California.

From Frogfish to Walking Batfish, species of isopods that date back 160 million years, and glow in the dark Flashlight Fish, Curious Creatures features animals never-before seen in Canada. At one of the many interactive displays, guests can take a Shrunken Head Selfie, or test their skills against the remarkably powerful Peacock Mantis Shrimp – with a punch as fast as a .22 calibre bullet.

Just in time for March Break, Curious Creatures will open to the public at 9am on March 2nd and is complimentary with the price of admission. For more information, visit https://www.ripleyaquariums.com/canada/ or call 647-351-FISH (3474).

Media contact:
Lauren Chan
647-351-3474 x 2631
lchan@ripleys.com

Dive into the Lunar New Year at Ripley’s Aquarium

February 15, 2018

Underwater Lion Dance at Canada’s largest indoor aquarium

Celebrate the Year of the Dog under the sea. Join Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada for an underwater lion dance performance at Pacific Kelp, an immersive 28 foot exhibit. Media are invited to attend the dive show tomorrow afternoon at 1:15pm.

Who: Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada
Where: 288 Bremner Blvd. | Pacific Kelp exhibit (located in the Canadian Waters gallery)
When: February 16th, 2018 | 1:15pm

Media are asked to please confirm their attendance in advance to:
Lauren Chan
647-351-3474 x 2631
lchan@ripleys.com

A Beach Bash at Ripley’s Aquarium of Canda

January 17, 2018

Downtown Toronto aquarium hosts second annual indoor 19+ beach party

Escape the wind chill and head on over to Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada for its second annual 19+ Beach Bash in the 6ix event on Friday, January 26th.

Forget the winter blues with music by DJ Shamz and experience the tropics with a signature tropical cocktail from the Malibu Rum Bar. Stop by the Surf Shack for some beach-inspired fare by Daniel et Daniel and spin the Sunwing wheel for a chance to win travel vouchers and an all-inclusive vacation for two to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

Beach Bash in the 6ix runs from 8pm until 12am. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $40+ HST (annual pass holders will receive a 50% discount on ticket sales) and includes general admission, hors d’oeuvres, and coat check.

For more information and tickets, visit https://www.ripleyaquariums.com/canada/groups-events/beach-bash.

Media contact:
Lauren Chan
647-351-3474 x 2631
lchan@ripleys.com

Splash into 2018 at Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada

December 8, 2017

Downtown Toronto aquarium hosts first annual New Year’s Eve party

Ring in the New Year under the sea with over 20,000 aquatic animals. On December 31st, Ripley’s Aquarium will host its first-ever New Year’s Eve celebration for 19+ guests.

Dive right into the festivities with a fun-filled evening of music by DJ Shamz and a selection of passed hors d’oeuvres by Daniel et Daniel featuring steak frites, pimento cheese fritters, Ocean Wise certified sushi burgers, and more. Countdown to the stroke of midnight with the sharks of Dangerous Lagoon but remember to just keep swimming because the celebrations will continue well after the clock strikes 12.

New Year’s Eve at the Aquarium runs from 9pm until 2am. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $90+ HST (annual pass holders will receive a 10% discount on ticket sales) and includes general admission, 1 drink token, hors d’oeuvres, coat check and a souvenir from the Ripley’s photo booth.

For more information, visit https://www.ripleyaquariums.com/canada/groupsevents/splash or call 647-351-FISH (3474).

Media contact:
Lauren Chan
647-351-3474 x 2631
lchan@ripleys.com

A Bootlegger’s Bash at Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada

November 15, 2017

Downtown Toronto aquarium hosts Prohibition-style event

Can you keep a ‘sea’cret? Neither can we! On November 24th, Ripley’s Aquarium will throwback to the roaring 20s with its Prohibition-inspired Waves & Whisky event.

Passwords aren’t required at this 19+ event that will transform Canada’s largest indoor aquarium into a one-night only speakeasy, complete with rustic whisky bars, classic cocktails, flapper girls and live music.

Sample some of today’s finest whiskies including Gooderham & Worts, J.P. Wiser’s Triple Barrel Rye and Jameson Irish Whiskey or enjoy a Waves & Whisky signature cocktail at one of several themed bars.

Dance the night away with local jazz favourite, Lady Be Good, and capture the moment at the Ripley’s photo booth. Then grab a late-night snack at Ripley’s Café which will feature fresh-cut fries, souvlaki and pierogi stations.

Waves & Whisky is part of Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada’s 5-part event series, SPLASH! and is reserved for guests 19 years of age and older. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $28+ HST (annual pass holders will receive a 50% discount on ticket sales).

For more information, visit https://www.ripleyaquariums.com/canada/groupsevents/splash or call 647-351-FISH (3474).

Media contact:
Lauren Chan
647-351-3474 x 2631
lchan@ripleys.com

Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada Cleans Up This Weekend

June, 10th, 2017

Shoreline cleanup planned for Humber Marshes

In honour of World Oceans Day this past week and as part of the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup initiative, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada will conduct a shoreline cleanup of the Humber Marshes, this Sunday, June 11th at 10am.

Members of the general public will join the Aquarium’s Blue Team to collect garbage and recycling from the shores of the Humber Marshes – one of the few remaining river mouth marshes in Toronto and an important breeding habitat for ducks, turtles and fish; as well as a significant corridor for migratory song birds and monarch butterflies.

Who: Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada
What: Shoreline Cleanup
Where: Humber Marshes (Meeting location: Sunnyside Park parking lot – Windermere Ave at Lakeshore Blvd W)
When: Sunday, June 11th: 10am – 12pm

Media Contact:
Lauren Chan
647-351-3474 x 2631
lchan@ripleys.com