The 1000 Islands Ontario’s Aquatarium
Discover a world of learning right on the banks of the St. Lawrence River!
The Aquatarium is a registered not-for-profit charity whose mission it is to inspire curiosity through enriching and entertaining experiences. The Aquatarium offers a full range of interactions & activities for kids, teens and adults, as guests are encouraged to experience life in the 1000 Islands region. Guests participate in hands-on interactive exhibits as well as seeing many species of fish and animals, such as otters, native to the St. Lawrence River. We have several replica ships that are found in the St. Lawrence river, as well as amazing experiences such as green screen adventures and a saltwater touch tank! We seek to rekindle a passion for learning and engage visitors in the distinctive history, culture and environment of the 1000 Islands.
Our Senior Team:
Thomas Harder – Executive Director
“Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine, and at last, you create what you will.”-George Bernard Shaw
I am a problem solver who loves educational facilities and kids. Zoo’s, Aquariums, Museums…. Especially if they are different! It is my desire to smoosh everything I know together to create unique, fun, and thought-provoking exhibits. I thoroughly believe that everything, right out of the box, needs to be modified. I challenge myself and others to never say “I can’t do that!”
I started working professionally taking care of aquariums in 1990 and have helped build and run 3 facilities since. I moved to Brockville for this project in 2012 and have loved every day of it. I am very proud of this facility and what I have helped create. I look forward to what changes I can help create for tomorrow.
Jen Carter – Director of Exhibits
Jen the Aquatarium’s Head Aquarist. She has been a member of the team since 2013. Prior to the Aquatarium, she worked for the St. Lawrence River Institute of Environmental Sciences. She loves how dynamic her job is at the Aquatarium and getting to work with various people and animals everyday.
Kevin Joubert – IT Management
Born in Vancouver and raised between there and South Africa Mr. Joubert has learned that ‘home is where the heart is’. More recently he moved to Toronto and now has settled in the Thousand Islands and finds himself thoroughly enjoying the environment. Having worked in both IT and the Travel Industry for more than 20 years, he takes pride in applying what he’s learned to support and further grow this remarkable facility.
Sarah Laturnus – Director of Visitor Experience
Ms. Laturnus is experienced in all aspects of business with a demonstrated history of working within multiple industries. Skilled in Marketing, Management, Public Relations, Tourism, Sales, Retail, Community Engagement, Hospitality and Events. A strong operations professional with a Small & Medium Enterprise Management training focused in Business Management from Algonquin College of Applied Arts and Technology.