Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada aims to foster a culture of sustainability that supports the environmental and conservation goals of the organization and the greater public, while building a strong legacy of ecological stewardship.

The Aquarium is committed to the ongoing development of policies, initiatives and programs that integrate environmentally conscious practices into the Aquarium’s daily operations.

Our Current Initiatives

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The 3 Rs

Reduce: Facility-wide application of energy efficient systems and monitoring technologies.
Reuse: 98% of water is treated for reuse.
Recycle: Committed to facility waste diversion and “Zero Waste” visits & events.

Print Smart

All marketing materials are printed on 100% post consumer paper through preferred waterless printer.

Compostable Plastics

Corn-based biodegradable products used in our kitchen, cafeteria, and classrooms.

Ban the Bottle

Policy banning staff use of plastic water bottles on site.


Development of conservation-focused educational programming and signage.

By supporting like-minded organizations and national and global conservation events, including Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise conservation program and the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, the Aquarium aims to foster a continuous relationship with those who convey a fundamental message of conservation.


Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada continuously strives to make a difference in the lives of aquatic animals across the globe, which is why we have forged partnerships with trusted, committed, and effective charitable organizations.

The Shark Research Institute is a non-profit scientific research organization that was created to sponsor and conduct research on sharks in the ultimate effort to promote their conservation. The Shark Research Institute works diligently to correct misperceptions about sharks and to stop the needless slaughter of over 100 million sharks annually. As the home to numerous shark species, this is a cause that Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada feels extremely passionate about. We frequently donate 100% of the proceeds from our Souvenir Guidebook sales to this inspiring organization.

We are also proud to support the Kawartha Turtle Trauma Centre, a local charity whose goal is to protect and conserve Ontario’s native turtles and the habitat in which they live. They operate a turtle hospital that rehabilitates injured turtles and perform extensive research in the field to further conservation initiatives. Our two resident green sea turtles – Spot and Chewy – are now classified as an endangered species, so this charity is naturally very close to our hearts



Recent Conservation Initiatives

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