Get excited Canadians, because Toronto is about to get a brand new attraction (and what a fabulous attraction that is!).
Ripley’s Entertainment has officially begun building a $130 million dollar world-class family aquarium in Toronto. Set to open during the summer of 2013. this new facility will offer something exciting for everyone from toddlers and pre-schoolers to retired grandparents.
The McGuinty government is in full support according to Michael Chan (I guess so!):
“The McGuinty government is proud to support the development of the first Ripley’s Aquarium in Canada,” said Michael Chan, Ontario Minister of Tourism and Culture. “Getting an aquarium of this calibre in Toronto is a major win for our province. It will entertain and educate, bring in millions of visitors, fill our hotels and create hundreds of jobs for Ontario families.”
“This state-of-the-art facility will provide jobs for our residents and a wonderful tourist attraction for our city. I want to thank Jim Pattison for being here with us today, as Toronto could not have found a better company to work with to develop this major new attraction,” said Rob Ford, Mayor of Toronto. The City of Toronto will provide property tax incentives (estimated to be between $8 million and $12 million) over a 12-year period under the Imagination, Manufacturing, Innovation, Technology (IMIT) Grants program, which supports new building construction in targeted sectors, including tourism.”
This is the most exciting new family attraction to hit Toronto since the Hockey Hall of Fame! It is estimated that Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada will draw nearly 2 million visitors every year. At approximately 135,000 square feet, with a capacity of 1.5 million gallons featuring over 450 species and over 13,500 inhabitants, this Aquarium will be one of the largest in North America.
Wow, wow, wow! I can’t wait until the construction is complete. From the renderings below, this looks like it is going to be one heck of an attraction!
Photos & Source: Ripleys