Stay Informed About the Aquatarium and Attractions in the 1000 Islands with these helpful FAQ’s
As an exciting discovery destination and the gateway to other attractions in the 1000 Islands, the Aquatarium is happy to answer your most commonly asked questions. For additional information, please don’t hesitate to contact us!
- 1. What is the Aquatarium?
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. For a small additional cost, you can also participate in our indoor high ropes course and 40′ high AquaDrop!
- 2. How much is admission?
- 3. What are the hours of operation?
Between Labour day and Victoria Day, the Aquatarium is open 5 days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Wednesday to Sunday. We will be open on Ontario Statutory holiday Mondays during this time frame. Between Victoria Day long weekend and Labour Day we will be open 7 days a week, 10am-5pm. From time to time, the Aquatarium may be closed to the public for special events. Please check our website before you visit to ensure there are no changes to the opening and closing times.
- 4. Do you have any discounted Family admission rates available?
Yes! We have a Family Day-Pass that is for a family of up to five people. It allows a maximum of 2 adults and up to three youth or children in for only $54.95 plus tax. This is a savings of up to $30 per family.
- 5. Where are you located?
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.,
- 6. What kinds of animals will be in the Aquatarium?
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!
- 7. Do you have wheelchairs available for visitors?
Yes, we have a limited number of wheelchairs available for visitors on a first-come, first-served basis.
- 8. If I love my visit can I put the money I spent on admission towards a Friends yearly membership?
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!
- 9. Do you take reservations for weddings and conferences?
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: Events@aquatarium.ca
- 10. How long does it take to get through the Aquatarium?
The experience takes approximately 90 minutes. However, this time will vary from person to person.
- 11. How can I keep up to date on what’s happening at the Aquatarium?
There are lots of ways to keep informed about what is going on at the Aquatarium. We will be providing lots of new content on our website including interesting blogs. We update our social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) daily and you can sign up for our monthly newsletter at the bottom of this page.
- 12. Will I see sharks and other sea life at the Aquatarium?
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.
- 13. Can I interact one-on-one with the river otters?
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.
- 14. Can I volunteer at the Aquatarium?
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!