View construction of Toronto’s new aquarium – it opens in summer of 2013



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Ripley’s Aquarium, the first in Canada, is scheduled to open in the summer of 2013. The multi-million dollar project will contain 13,000 inhabitants in 45 displays, including Sand Tiger Sharks. They will be contained in acrylic tanks that will contain 1 1/2 million gallons of water. It is located on Bremner Boulevard, at the base of the CN Tower. Construction is progressing rapidly. I visited the site this week (September 2012) and took the photos below. 

I was unable to talk to anyone at the construction site, as it requires proper footwear and a hard hat to enter the area. The web-site for the aquarium was helpful, and it provided many photos of the construction. However, they have not been up-dated and show none of the structural steel framework that now appears at the site. 


It appears that this might possibly be the entrance to the aquarium. If it is, it is certainly impressive.


                  The aquarium is at the base of the CN Tower.


                   This photo reveals the structure of the building.


These are likely the equipment to pump and filter the water for the tanks.


Much of the equipment for the aquarium has already been installed.


Visitors to the aquarium will have this view of the iconic CN Tower

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Construction at Clarence Square on the east side of Spadina, north of Front Street. 

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The northwest corner of Queen and Spadina where a McDonald’s is located.

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The history of the site of the Dragon City Mall on the southwest corner of Spadina and Dundas Streets.

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The historic home now occupied by Paul Magder Furs

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The 1890s church of St. Margaret’s Anglican on Spadina south of Queen street. The church is now hidden from view by a modern addition across the front of it.

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The iconic Balfour Building at Spadina and Adelaide Streets

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House on Spadina south of Dundas Street – today it is difficult to believe that it was once a prestigious residential building

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The vanished underground men’s washroom from the early nineteenth century, located in the middle of the street at Queen and Spadina.

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The site of the Consumers’ Glass Building at 239-241 Spadina, south of Dundas Street. It is presently under restoration.

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