Aquatarium at Tall Ships Landing Welcomes Guests in Brockville
May 6, 2016
BROCKVILLE, ON – Eastern Ontario’s newest and most exciting attraction, the Aquatarium, officially opened its doors to the public today. The $25-million, 27,000+ square foot attraction is a learning and discovery centre located in the heart of Brockville. Interactive adventures and experiences will inspire critical thinking through storytelling and play, while cultivating an appreciation of the unique history, culture and ecosystems of the 1000 Islands region.
The construction of the Aquatarium was made possible in part by contributions of up to $5,694,492 from each of the governments of Canada and Ontario. Federal and provincial support was provided through the Building Canada Fund – Communities Component program in Ontario, a joint federal-provincial initiative to help communities across Ontario address key infrastructure needs. The remainder of the funding was provided by the City of Brockville, Tall Ships Landing and private investors.
“This project is a great example of the Government of Canada’s commitment to helping revitalize Canadian communities. The Aquatarium will build awareness for the 1000 Islands region through interactive learning and attract visitors from all over. We are proud to be a partner in this project and I congratulate the City of Brockville on the completion of this facility,” noted Mark Gerretsen, Member of Parliament for Kingston and the Islands, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario.
“Ontario is proud to support high-profile cultural attractions that benefit local communities. Brockville’s state-of-the-art Aquatarium will help boost tourism by attracting more than 50,000 visitors a year, creating new employment opportunities, and providing students from across the region with exciting experiential and interactive programming, ” stated Brad Duguid, Ontario Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure.
The Aquatarium will captivate visitors from a six-hour radius, and is expected to attract more than 50,000 visitors a year. As an experiential learning centre, the Aquatarium has a commitment to life-long learning and will be a leader in curriculum-based learning for children in multiple grades and subjects throughout the region. It is expected to attract 10,000 school students from the Eastern Ontario region.
The Aquatarium promises some considerable benefits to the region including experiential learning for youth raising their aspirations for the future, environmental and historical awareness of the region, tourism revenue, and economic impacts.