Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

Field Trip

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.

Programs Available

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada offers a number of field trip opportunities for secondary school students. There are self-guided tours, tank talks, and classroom workshops.

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.


Program Fees:

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*

Student/Teacher Ratios:

  • Grade 7-9 (Intermediate) 1:8
  • Grade 10-12 (Senior) 1:15
  • Citations

    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.

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