Dive Into the Past in Our 1000 Islands Aquatarium

Discover a world from more than 10,000 years ago, right in our own backyard!

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Did you know that over 10,000 years ago, the cities of Montreal, Ottawa, and Brockville were actually underwater? That’s right! These cities that millions of people now call home were once the home of whales, seals and other forms of sea life. In the 1000 Islands Aquatarium’s Creation Experience, you can dive deep into the waters of history!

Submerse yourself in the natural history of the region in Creation, a hands-on experience that lets you trace your way through the ages by following the evolution of rocks like granite, basalt, quartz and limestone. Start with ancient igneous rocks made from lava, and make your way to newer sedimentary ones. Learn how these changes came to be as video monitors tune you into the story of the geologic creation of this fascinating region, from glaciers two miles deep to the St. Lawrence River and Frontenac Arch.

The youngest explorers can get to know the ancient Champlain Sea and the marine animals who made their homes there in our salt water touch tank, one of the many interactive explorations in the Aquatarium. Intrepid adventurers can dig up the past in a mini archeological site with pieces of a large fossil just waiting to be discovered. Be sure to take in the massive scope of the beluga whale fossil suspended from the upper wall, keeping in mind that these white whales once graced waters a mere 50 miles from this very location on the St. Lawrence River.Net8

Creation Fast Facts:

  • In terms of geologic age, the St. Lawrence River is actually relatively “young,” formed by receding glaciers that carved a deep gash in the Earth’s crust nearly 10,000 years ago.
  • The St. Lawrence River featured prominently in the history of Canada’s first settlements and is still the country’s busiest commercial waterway.
  • The Frontenac Arch is an ancient granite ridge that serves as the “backbone” of eastern North America, joining the Adirondack Range to the Canadian Shield.
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