One of the great things about living in a large metropolis like Toronto, is that it is always changing. Neighbourhoods once considered down and out, suddenly become trendy and ever so chic. Places you might have once avoided, are suddenly the spot to be seen in. Walk one day down a particular street, the next you are saying, ‘Whoa! When did that go up?” It’s hard to keep up, but worth a try.
One attraction I’m excited about, is the soon to be opened Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada at the foot of the CN Tower in the heart of the city. It is 135,000 square feet of marine life in more than 1.5 million gallons of water. I don’t actually have a solid grip on just how big or how much water this is, except that it all sounds pretty darn large.
With more than 50 tanks and 15,000 creatures from around the world, the aquarium is set to become a major attraction for both Torontonians and visitors to the city. It will house among other things, the world's largest jellyfish tank. Seventeen tanks will form the Canadian Gallery which will include salmon, a natural blue lobster, king crabs and a 6 meter-deep-moving kelp forest.
The showpiece in The Canadian Gallery will the the Dangerous Lagoon tank, which will hold toothy sharks, rays and flap-finned sea turtles. A moving sidewalk, the longest such sidewalk in North America, will take visitors through the bottom of the tank, allowing guests an up close view of the marine life (this I'm really excited about).
No date has yet been set for its opening, but soon….very soon.