Today I woke up early to meet with Christina, my “baby mama” and also, my delightful daughter. We took a day trip, about an hour and a half away, to the downtown core of Toronto where we visited Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada. We’d been contemplating doing this or the Toronto Zoo before I began my full-time schedule at University, but we decided on the Aquarium because my daughter has an easier time tracking things which are nearby. The zoo seemed like it might be more fun next year, when she’s a little bit older. Plus, neither of us had ever been to this aquarium yet.The baby was happy and in good spirit’s today and Christina also surprised me with a little goody bag of back to school stuff, which was sweet.
After a mildly frustrating drive there with our stereotypically-Canadian Tim Horton’s coffees, we arrived at our destination and found ourselves some parking. The aquarium was right next to the stadium of the Toronto Blue Jays (for all of you baseball fans out there) and Toronto’s famous CN Tower could be found looming very closely nearby.
The admission ran us about 35$ each for our entrance, and Toronto parking was pricey but after all we’d seen and done, it was worth it. I’ve been in only one really impressive aquarium before this one, and it was in Melbourne, Australia. The Melbourne aquarium was awesome too, and it’s best feature was a penguin tank. This Toronto aquarium’s best feature, in my opinion, was that it had a very interactive feel to it which allowed for great photographic moments and it kept your attention.
There was a pool of manta rays and sting rays that you could reach in to and pet near the gift shop, and then there was a giant loop throughout the building which takes you past all of the different tanks full of beautiful and unique aquatic animals. They were mainly fish, sharks, turtles, some lobsters, crabs and sea plants, but there was a nice variety.
The baby could hardly contain herself with all of the lights and interesting new creatures to be discovered.
Dimly lit blue tunnels created a unique atmosphere, which made you feel like you were right in the depths of the ocean. It was peaceful and relaxing, or at least it would have been if it wasn’t for another thousand or so people trying to funnel their way through the aquarium with us. One thing I’ve found funny since becoming a father, is just how comfortable people are to start touching or talking to your baby. It’s as if you’re part of an official parenting club now and you’re immediately on good rapport. Funny how that works. Is it because baby’s are irresistible or do you just grow a fondness for all children after you’ve had your own? Nova was sung to and tickled by at least a few strangers today.
The best part of the entire aquarium experience was taking a stroll through a glass tunnel that runs beneath one of their largest aquatic tanks. In this tank, there were many sharks, sea turtles, fishes of all sorts and maybe some other creatures. Nothing beat looking right in to one of those shark’s mouths and seeing all of those razor sharp needles they have for teeth. Also, why do sharks look like they have no souls? Are they ugly or is that just what being a murder beast does to your face?
By the end of it all, we were tuckered out trying to avoid people with our stroller, fighting for the best looking spots to view the tanks and trying to make sure none of our daughter’s toys were lost. We worked up quite an appetite and took the long dive back home for dinner at a restaurant.
“Hold on there wolf boy, I thought you said the day ended on a sour note?”
Oh yeah, well I wasn’t lying! Nova had a taste of her first lemon. She didn’t want to stop eating it, even though I could see on her face it was torture. Priceless. 😀