Ripley's Aquarium of Canada
The Mission: Conserve, Educate, Inspire!
At Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, [the] mission is to provide a world class experience that will foster education, conservation, and research, while providing fun and entertainment for locals and tourists of all ages.
By showcasing the beauty and significance of our aquatic world and the animals within it, [Ripley's aims] to both entertain and inspire while encouraging you to respect and protect the waters of the world.
Immerse yourself in a world of 16,000 aquatic animals and discover your own underwater adventure. The Aquarium features North America’s longest underwater viewing tunnel with more than 5.7 million litres of water and over 100 interactive opportunities. Get up close and personal with three touch exhibits featuring horseshoe crabs, sharks, and rays as well as daily dive shows every 2 hours.
This awe-inspiring attraction consists of nine carefully curated galleries showcasing a cross section of saltwater and freshwater environments from around the world – starting with species from Toronto’s backyard, the Great Lakes basin.
Self-guided tours allow teachers to bring their students to the aquarium and tour all or specific parts of the tour related to their individual curriculum expectations.
Tank Talk Programs
Tank Talks 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.
Classroom Education programs 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. Please note, each classroom can accommodate a maximum of 30 students (plus accompanying adults).
Tank Talk Programs
Science Curriculum Connections - SBI 3U0 - Self-guided Tour Option
If a Science Teacher were to choose the 'self-guided' tour option, there are a number of connections to the SBI 3U0 Course.
Diversity of Living Things
B1. analyze the effects of various human activities on the diversity of living things;
B2. Investigate, through laboratory and/or field activities or through simulations, the principles of scientific classification, using appropriate sampling and classification techniques;
B3. demonstrate an understanding of the diversity of living organisms in terms of the principles of taxonomy and phylogeny.
C1. analyse the economic and environmental advantages and disadvantages of an artificial selection technology, and evaluate the impact of environmental changes on natural selections and endangered species;
C2. investigate evolutionary processes, and analyse scientific evidenced that supports the theory of evolution;
Animals: Structure and Function
E3. demonstrate an understanding of animal anatomy and physiology, and describe disorders of the respiratory, circulatory, and digestive systems.
Arts Curriculum Connections (Grades 9 & 10 Open) - Classroom Education Option
If an Arts Teacher were to choose the Classroom Education Option, there is a Classroom Education Option focusing on the impact of plastic and other garbage on freshwater and marine environments and showcasing local artists who 'up-cycle' garbage to create art which brings awareness to the issue.
Reflecting, Responding, and Analysing
B1. The Critical Analysis Process: demonstrate an understanding of the critical analysis process by examining, interpreting, evaluating, and reflecting on various art works;
B2. Art, Society, and Values: demonstrate an understanding of how art works reflect the society in which they were created, and of how they can affect personal values;
B3. Connections Beyond the Classroom: demonstrate an understanding of the types of knowledge and skills developed in visual arts, and identify various opportunities related to visual arts.
C1. Terminology: demonstrate an understanding of, and use correct terminology when referring to, elements, principles, and other components related to visual arts;
C2. conventions and Techniques: demonstrate an understanding of conventions and techniques used in the creation of visual art works;
C3. Responsible Practices: demonstrate an understanding of responsible practices related to visual arts.
Aquarium Galleries only (Self-Guided Tour)$10 + HSTFree within ratio
Aquarium + Tank Talk Program Add $2 + HST Free within ratio
Aquarium + Classroom Workshop Add $4 + HST Free within ratio
Extra adults $25.48*
Osaka Aquarium. Photography. Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Web. 14 Nov 2014.
Divers Remove A Shark At An Aquarium In Chengdu. Photographer. Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Web. 14 Nov 2014.
Jellyfish, Aquarium, Oceanographic Institute, Monaco-Veille, Monaco, Europe . Photography. Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Web. 14 Nov 2014.