Montreal To Allegedly Get A Giant Aquarium In The Old Port

Ripley's Aquarium to come to Montreal.
Montreal To Allegedly Get A Giant Aquarium In The Old Port

Montreal's waterside hub of entertainment (and locus point for hordes of tourists) known as the Old Port may be getting a brand new attraction of an aquatic nature, as a Ripley's Believe It or Not! aquarium is currently being sought after by Tourisme Montreal.

Much like the Ripley's Aquarium of Canada that opened in Toronto in 2013, Tourisme Montreal's president Yves Lalumière hopes to have a Montreal-version built in the Old Port sometime soon, as related to La Presse.

Apparently discussions on the feasibility of creating the aquarium have already begun between Tourisme Montreal and the Jim Pattison Group, the parent company of Ripley's Believe It or Not!

Nothing has been confirmed, however, with even the Old Port location being the desired-location on the part of Tourisme Montreal. How the project will be funded, or even how much it will cost, remains to be seen as well.

Hopefully this isn't one of those wishful-thinking projects that never get off the ground (looking at you, ice rink on the Lachine Canal and floating stage), as a gigantic aquarium in the already-popular among local and tourist area that is the Old Port would be pretty cool.

We just hope that should the aquarium be built, no worker strikes occur, as that could mean the death-by-starvation of some of the aquatic creatures housed within the complex. Don't think that's just grim-thinking, as the exact same thing happened with the dolphins in Montreal's previous aquarium, which closed down in 1991.

Seriously, though, dolphins starved to death. Check out more on that muff'd up piece of Montreal's aquarium-history here.