A Garden of Playful Delights in the 1000 Islands of Ontario


Escape from the ordinary as our three otters, Ivy, Oliver and Brock, remind you how good it feels to play.

Note: Daily Otter Feedings at the Aquatarium occur at 11:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

River otters, those wily little web-footed members of the weasel family, thrive in a variety of ecosystems and are often seen gleefully careening down the muddy banks of the mighty St. Lawrence River before splashing delightedly into the currents in search of a tasty snack from the river’s bounty.

Oliver, Ivy and Brock invite you to take a step out of the ordinary and explore the 1000 Islands and Ontario from their point of view. Our 3 aquatic friends will keep you captivated as they swim and play throughout the massive glass-enclosed river habitat, complete with a rushing waterfall for the otters to delight in as they put on a show without even realizing it. View the entire immersive experience from our central Gazebo, perfectly positioned to give you a front row seat to the otters’ spectacular show.

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.

Found throughout North America, river otters are a vital part of the St. Lawrence River’s ecosystem, helping to regulate the population of fish, amphibians, and rodents. The characteristic “pop” out of the water of the river otter’s head is one of the most surprising and delightful sights you’ll see on your travels throughout the 1000 Islands and beyond.

Otter Lights

River Otter Fast Facts:

  • Otters can close off their ears and noses while underwater, staying submerged for up to eight minutes.
  • Otters swim at speeds of up to 10 kilometers per hour.
  • The otter’s signature “slide” down the banks of the St. Lawrence River isn’t just about fun and games: it’s the most efficient way for them to cover large distances to trap prey in a variety of locations throughout the 1000 Islands of Ontario’s ecosystem.
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