Request Your Date
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.
Choose Your Field Trip Option
A self-guided visit gives you access to the Aquarium for the day, including dive shows, touch tanks and the Discovery Centre.
The Aquarium also offers curriculum-connected programs taught in a classrooms as well as out in the Aquarium in addition to a self-guided visit. See our classroom workshop descriptions below.
Classroom Workshops are linked to Ontario’s Ministry of Education curriculum and include one or more hands-on activities or experiments and a component of conservation and environmental awareness. Classroom Workshops are 45-50 minutes in duration.
The aquarium has two classrooms that can accommodate a maximum of 30 students (accompanying adults depend on student numbers). The minimum number of students required to book a workshop is 15.
Tank Talk 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. Tank Talk Programs are 25-30 minutes in duration.
Behind the Scenes Tours: Learn about the complex systems that keep Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada running smoothly day-to-day. Join an educator for a personalized behind-the-scenes tour of our husbandry areas and get a closer look at the intricate systems that filter over 132 million litres of water a day. You’ll learn about what goes into animal care and gallery maintenance in a world class aquarium facility.
Due to space constraints, students may only participate in one program per visit (i.e. one Classroom Workshop OR one Gallery Program per student).
||Add Classroom Workshop
||Add Tank Talk Program
||Add Behind the Scenes Tour
||Life Support, Husbandry areas
||Suggested time 2 hours
|Maximum students per session
||Presentation, Hands-on activities
|Price per student
||$10 + HST
||Add $4.50 + HST
||Add $2.50 + HST
||Add $9.00 + HST
Plan your arrival and departure
The Aquarium opens at 9:00am. Your program times will be scheduled based on the arrival and departure times you indicate, so please try to be as realistic as possible allowing for travel time and traffic.
Organizing Adult Supervisors
The Aquarium requires the following ratio of adult supervisors to students:
- JK to Grade 3 (Primary) 1:4
- Grade 4-6 (Junior) 1:6
- Grade 7-9 (Intermediate) 1:8
- Grade 10-12 (Senior) 1:15
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 $25.50 plus tax (discounted admission only when added to your school reservation)
Admission fees are waived for a support person accompanying a student with a disability.