Experience all that the Thousand Islands has to offer under one roof.
The Aquatarium is a state of the art 27,000 square foot Discovery Centre built on the waterfront in beautiful downtown Brockville. It’s focus is the wonders of the 1000 Islands region intertwining stories of history, culture, wildlife and the environment with technology. Come in and see otters play, climb on replicas of mighty ships that once sailed these waters, or watch a film about this amazing region in the interactive theatre. Learn why beluga whales once called this region home, try your hand at navigating a Boston Whaler or inch your way thru the rigging of a tall ship on the high ropes course. You can see even try to count all the native species of fresh water fish housed in the aquaria. There is so much to do that you’ll need more than one visit to explore it all.
The Aquatarium’s site began as a patch of land beside Brockville’s municipal harbour on the St. Lawrence River. If you step back in time, it was the site of the St. Lawrence Engine Company, builders of small 2-cylinder marine engines. Fueled by lofty dreams, abundant passion and a steadfast determination to showcase the wonders of this beloved region, it was meticulously transformed into a discovery centre. 17+ interactive experiences interconnect adventure and education, inviting visitors to experience nature and nautical science first-hand through delightful storytelling, entertainment and play.
Once piqued, we hope your curiosity will inspire you to venture out and visit all the amazing places that make the 1000 Islands region so fascinating. Visit local landmarks and explore the waterways. Learn about the abundant species that call our region home and how many of them are at risk. Take a moment to appreciate the Lakers as they silently make their way up and down the St. Lawrence River with new knowledge of how they are playing their part in conservation. Start your journey at the Aquatarium today and they will help you uncover so much more about this wonderful place!
Amazing Places, Amazing People
Amazing Places deserve to be explored by Amazing People. We want to see and read all about your visit to the Aquatarium. We’ll post them on this page.
Now you can keep a record of the Amazing Places you have visited. Download our handy Amazing Places Frontenac Arch Biosphere Checklist
Plan Your Visit
Take the guess work out of planning your cycling, hiking or paddling adventure to this Amazing Place with these downloadable trail descriptions from the Frontenac Arch Biosphere Network
- A Lyn Valley Tour – Brockville West
- Brockville Bakery Run
- Brockville West: Junetown Jaunt
- Brockville West: Yonge Mills Loop
- Brockville West: Yonges Mills + Howe Loop
- Caintown Cruise
- Lansdowne Lunch Loop
- Rockfield Rollick – Brockville West
- The Brock Trail
- The FAB East Countryside Tour
- Tour de Lyn – Brockville west short loop
Paddling: Thousand Islands: Brockville Islands
While you’re there, check out the rest of the extensive trail network winding through FAB!
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How to Get to the Aquatarium
The Aquatarium is located in the City of Brockville, the eastern gateway to the 1000 Islands region. Visitors are encouraged to take advantage of public transportation or drive up and park close by.
Driving: Take the 401 East or Westbound to exit 698 Stewart Blvd. and head south towards the water and the Tall Ships Landing building. If you are coming eastbound down the Thousand Islands Parkway, follow the clearly marked highway signs to Hwy #2. It will take you right to downtown Brockville and to the Aquatarium.
There are a number of parking lots in and around the Aquatarium. 50 parking spots are available in the Aquatariums covered parking lot, which is accessed off of Flint St. Rates are $2/hour. The municipal pay-as-you-go parking lots have their rates posted.