Exploring Aquarium du Québec – review


One of the residents was checking me out, too

Looking for something to do on a dreary rainy afternoon, my friend and I took a short car ride from near downtown Quebec to the Aquarium du Québec. Within seconds of parking, we were met with a polar bear and two Vikings sailing across the lot…this was going to be interesting.

Reasonably priced at $20 for adults, the park is a combination of indoor pavilions and outdoor displays, the latter of which include several tanks of marine mammals, as well as an expansive playground and wetland park for the more energetic kids (of any age).

The main pavilion is set up to reflect the local aquatic scene, with freshwater displays of fish found in the St. Lawrence basin on one floor and marine fishes more representative of the open ocean on the other level. Although the lighting is quite bright on the aquatic level, which makes sense given the shallower waters, the lighting is much darker on the marine level, which can make photography of the constantly moving fish somewhat challenging.

For me though, the second pavilion was where all the excitement was, starting with a large almost pitch black display of jellyfish in different tanks lit from below in ever-shifting colours. As I quickly noted in checking my camera, the light effects can make for significant artistic flare.

One disappointment, however, was a display called Awesome Ocean, which was essentially a walk-through coral reef that curves overhead. Although the display itself was quite nice, offering glimpses of beautifully colourful fish, the entire display couldn’t have been more than 12 feet long, so the immersive effect was almost impossible.

Another challenge to the indoor pavilions is that many of the paths the wind around the displays are relatively narrow, meaning that you are constantly at risk of stumbling over the flotilla of strollers that seemed to be everywhere that day. This was particularly problematic in the jellyfish display, where many cylindrical tanks required you to criss-cross the room.

Despite having visited many better designed and larger aquariums—including Toronto’s new Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada—I had a good time at the Aquarium du Québec, and definitely recommend it as a destination particularly for traveling families. Whether in the playground, watching the seals or scrambling from tank to tank in the dark, young kids will find plenty to do, particularly on a cloudy day.

Tanked at the aquarium

I recently signed up for a 3-week photography workshop at Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada in Toronto, which basically means running around gob-smacked at coral reefs, sharks, jelly fish and kilometer after kilometer of living colour.

Here are some picks from Week 2.

Odds and sods at Toronto’s new aquarium

Okay…there is absolutely no theme to today’s photos from the Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada except that there is no theme.

See also photos of: sharks, coral reef, jelly fish, interactive displays and dangerous fishes.

Deep and dangerous at Toronto’s new aquarium

An assortment of photos that don’t necessarily follow a tight pattern from my trip to Ripleys Aquarium of Canada here in Toronto.

See also photos of the shark, coral reef, jelly fish, and interactive exhibits

Touching moments at Toronto’s new aquarium

For some people, the absolute best part of the new Ripleys Aquarium of Canada is the opportunity to become part of the exhibit, either through its design or by literally being able to reach out and touch someone…er, thing.

See also: Shark photoscoral reef photos and jellyfish photos.

Jellies at Toronto’s new aquarium

Have to work on my photograph a little more to improve my photos of the jelly fish exhibit at Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada.

The scenes are so dark, I may need my tripod. Alternatively, this could be a good chance to play with my macro lens.

For my other aquarium photologs, visit:

Sharks at Toronto’s new aquarium

Coral reef at Toronto’s new aquarium

Coral reef at Toronto’s new aquarium

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, the Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada finally opened in Toronto.

Today, I am posting some photos from their coral reef exhibits.

Sharks at Toronto’s new aquarium

I love aquariums, both the smaller home version and the larger amusement park versions. Thus, after bemoaning the absence of one in Toronto (the largest frickin’ city in Canada), you can only imagine my enthusiasm when the Ripley’s company said they would build one in Toronto near two other major city landmarks, the CN Tower and the Rogers Centre.

Well, last month, the Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada finally opened, and on Wednesday, I finally visited it.

Over the next few days, I will display some of the photos I took at the aquarium. Today, I’ll focus on the amazing walk-through shark tank.