Two more months until Toronto’s Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada opens its doors. No exact opening date has been posted on its website yet, but that’s coming soon!
In the meanwhile, what would you like to see at the aquarium?
What would you like to see in this blog? Should I include home aquariums? Do you have a picture or home video of yours that you would like to post? What is your favourite fish? Does it have a name you gave it?
Give us your ideas and thoughts! Click on the reply button on the top left above this blog. Look forward to hearing from you!
Shark Meme by Jamie King
Who can forget this Photoshopped image from the Internet after last year’s flooding of Union Station in Toronto? It went viral and was described as sharks that got loose after an aquarium in Dubai broke its acrylic walls.
Toronto underwater and the flood of 2013
Toronto almost never thinks of life underwater even though it exists on the shores of Lake Ontario – one of the five Great Lakes surrounding it. Maybe that’s why cities like Toronto build large public aquariums.
However, two days ago torrential rains poured down and flooded Toronto bringing its public highways, roads and transportation systems to a halt, stranding its public.
Over 300,000 people were left without electricity in the west-end
After spending a warm sunny day in Niagara-on-the-Lake we drove back to Toronto on the Queen Elizabeth Way. By the time we reached Oakville around seven PM we slowed to a crawl. The storm had finished raging but flooding in its aftermath forced the closure of the highway, Toronto airports, subway and the GO trains.
Ironically we were forced onto Lakeshore Drive. It was dusk, and due to the flood the towers of Toronto were without lights as we drove into Toronto. Here are the haunting photos that I took of the drive into Toronto along the Guardiner Expressway.
I was curious about our aquarium’s state of construction and last weekend I went over to have a look. There appears to be more work needed to complete the job than one would expect at this point in time – that is, based on their opening date of summer 2013. This may explain why there has been so little talk about it’s opening, making me think it was the “elephant in the room” or rather, the “whale in the tank”.
That’s changed now with the recent interviews with Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada’s General Manager, Peter Doyle on Breakfast Television, and in Toronto.com. The official opening date on Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada’s website states September 2013.
Like so many other people, both young and old alike, I’ve been following the planning of the Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada for ten years. It was designed by B+H Architects , and is poised at the bottom of the CN Tower. It has taken PLC Construction Canada Inc. two years to build the aquarium and it will soon be opened to the public.
There are so many captivating stories and interesting activities involved in the opening of a major public aquarium that this makes it a great time to blog about it. In the past I’ve been involved in the formal opening of two major public facilities in Toronto, the ROM and the CN Tower, and I recall the excitement and drama surrounding them.
It is an exciting time for Toronto. The aquarium has the potential to distract from the mammoth public image fiasco facing Toronto courtesy of our Mayor Ford.