Off  Season Hours now in effect; Wednesday through Sunday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. until Victoria Day 2020. Ropes Course open Saturdays & Sundays only.

OPEN ON FAMILY DAY MONDAY FEBRUARY 17th! - Bring 3 generations and receive 25% off at admissions! Restrictions apply.

Aquarist for a Day Programs


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The Otter Experience $150 + tax

Our Aquarists are Otterly excited to share with you what it takes to take care of our amazing otters.  Spend a half day with a professional Aquarist as they guide you through preparing meals, feeding, cleaning habitats, snack time, and of course the opportunity to participate as a trainer in one of our presentations.


The Aquatic Animal Experience $150 + tax

Come get fishy with us during our half day aquatic experience.  Learn about aquatic habitats, water chemistry and aquatic animal diets.  One of our professional Aquarist will show you the ropes as you clean habitats, analyze water chemistry with a complete tour of our work spaces behind the scenes.  Experience what it is really like by getting into one of our aquariums to help clean and maintain the aquarium.  You may even get to feed a fish or two.


The Day Otter & Aquatic Animal Experience $225 + tax

A combination of both the Otter and Aquatical Animal Experiences.

Fees to be paid at time of registration.

No cancellation fee is charged if cancelled 7 days or more before the booked date. Under 7 days the fee is non-refundable.

The program will run on Saturdays and Sundays February 2nd through May 12th inclusive. Then 7 days a week May 19th to September 1st. Registration dates are subject to availability.

Each Experience Includes the following:
One Aquarist for a Day Experience
Admission into the Aquatarium
Behind the Scenes Tour
Work Shirt
Official AQ Animal Husbandry Lanyard
Emailed pictures of your experience


Age requirements: 10 and up with restrictions

  • 10 to 13 must be accompanied by a paying and participating adult with parental consent and signature.
  • 14 to 17 must have parental consent and signature.
  • Maximum of 2 people per experience.

Know Before You Go

Before you join us for your experience please make sure you have the following:

  • Please wear long pant and close toed shoes.
  • If you have long hair, ensure it is tied back.
  • You have informed us of any allergies you may have.

Programs are subject to change without notice.  We reserve the right to cancel any program for the health and safety of our animals.

To register please fill out our online form:

Select your date preferences: The program will run on Saturdays and Sundays February 2nd through May 12th inclusive. Then 7 days a week May 19th to September 1st. Registration dates are subject to availability



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All prices include taxes * Camp hours: 9:00am to 4:00pm * Extended hours: 8:00am- 9am and 4:00 to 5:00pm - $30/week * FRIENDS Members: Discounted rates as indicated Cancellation Policy: A $40 non-refundable administration fee per child applies if you wish to cancel registration. If written cancellation is received a minimum of 15 days prior to the program start date, a refund (less the non-refundable $40 admin fee per child) will be provided. No refunds will be provided for cancellations 14 days or fewer prior to the program start date. Campers should be minimum of 6 years old as of January 1st, 2019 (5-year olds with kindergarten experience accepted subject to approval)
Friends Member pricing: with active Friends Membership: $175/5-day weeks, $170/4-day week $75 for July 4 &5th.

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Child's Information

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Emergency Contact Information – Alternate Pickup/Release

We have several ways to volunteer at the Aquatarium, each with their own additional benefits and opportunities. We invite you to visit our VOLUNTEER page on the website to learn how you can join our team and become a part of our Aquatarium family for years to come!

Our otters are rescued North American river otters and are not domesticated. As such, they have a different temperament than those you may see on line where people are interacting with otters one on one. Those otters are usually Asian Small Claw otters and are not native to the St. Lawrence river. As there is no safe way to allow people, including our team members, to directly interact with river otters, we are unable to offer close encounters with them.

No. With the exception of our salt water touch tank, all our fish and animals in the Aquatarium are native to the St. Lawrence River area. We have otters, pike, sturgeon, carp, trout and bass just to name a few.

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The experience takes approximately 90 minutes. However, this time will vary from person to person.

We take reservations for weddings, meetings and events. Book your special day with us now, and host your special day at one of the most exciting attractions in the 1000 Islands! Contact our Events Team to discuss all the details at: [email protected]

Yes! As long as you provide your admission receipt at the front desk before leaving ON THE DAY YOU PURCHASED the admissions, all the funds can be applied towards a yearly Friends membership! Remember, if you visit us a total of three times in a year, it will have paid for itself!

Yes, we have a limited number of wheelchairs available for visitors on a first-come, first-served basis.

We feature many types of fish that are indigenous to the St. Lawrence River and the surrounding 1000 Islands area. River otters, various reptiles, amphibians and many more friendly critters call the Aquatarium their permanent home. Ongoing guest speakers and scientists bring in different and unique species for special Aquatarium visits. We list them on our calendar of events so be sure not to miss them!

We are located at the foot of Broad Street in Brockville, Ontario, Canada, right on the waterfront. We are in the first floors of the Tall Ships Landing building and even offer indoor parking off Flint Street.  Our address is:
6 Broad St.,
Brockville, Ontario
K6V 4T7

Yes! We have a Family Day-Pass. See the admission section for details.

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The Aquatarium is a registered not-for-profit charity who’s 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 salt water touch tank! We seek to rekindle a passion for learning and engage visitors in the distinctive history, culture and environment of the 1000 Islands.

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