Believe it or not: I went to Ripley’s Aquarium

Aquarium_2See what I did there? Okay it’s late, leave me alone.

A few weeks back I thought it would be nice to spend a day with my mom and take her down to the newly opened aquarium downtown. I’m not sure if she’s been to one before, and I definitely haven’t, but either way we were looking forward to the experience.

After walking up from Union Station we noticed the incredible lineup to get in. Man this place was popular! I’d gotten her to come all the way downtown so we weren’t going to give up that easy, and the line was moving somewhat quickly by the looks of it, so we stuck it out. An hour and a half later, we finally made it indoors where we could defrost. (Note: I tried buying tickets online but the ticketing part of the website was down.)

Inside there were plenty of options with nine galleries to check out. My favourites were:

Canadian Waters: Here we got to check out some aquatic species that live in our waters, which isn’t something you see very much of, since the tropical fish tend to hog the attention. The Pacific Kelp Exhibit is really cool as it has a wave maker simulating surges of the BC shoreline, and the fish just sit there, bobbing up and down with the water


IMAG0475Dangerous Lagoon: The largest exhibit in the aquarium (nearly 2.5 million litres) was an amazing experience with different kinds of sharks swim right over your head in the underwater tunnel

IMAG0405IMAG0407IMAG0411Planet Jellies: Jellyfish are such mesmerizing creatures and as you can see below, make for great photos

Aquarium_1Aquarium_4Discover Centre: Again, great for kids, but seeing the Finding Nemo fish was pretty cool for


Overall a good experience if you can get your tickets in advance. If you’re pretty quick, you should spend about 1.5-2 hours there, but if you have children you’ll probably spend a bit more time if you want to take advantage of the interactive sections.

Hope you enjoyed the photos below. Let me know what you think!


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