Brockville's Aquatarium busy during opening week

Brockville's Aquatarium has officially opened to the public, with goals of attracting tens of thousands of people every year to learn about the 1000 Islands region.

$25 million, 27,000 square foot facility showcases 1000 Islands region

Children play in the water of one of interactive displays at the new Aquatarium in Brockville. (Frederic Pepin (CBC))

Brockville's Aquatarium has officially opened to the public.

The 27,000 foot discovery centre on Broad Street features fish tanks, a playground and many other interactive displays. 

Brockville's $25 million Aquatarium just opened on Broad Street. (CBC)

The Aquatarium has been open for a week now and several schools have already visited the new facility. 

"I was so overwhelmed so I can only imagine what the kids are like," said Caroline Gillis, a teacher at Front of Yonge Elementary School.

"I didn't expect this, we visited the Toronto Ripley's Aquarium and it's comparable for sure."

The $25 million facility, which saw its opening date pushed back multiple times over recent years, received $5 million from the City of Brockville. 

Brockville mayor David Henderson said the project was one that cost a lot, but will hopefully benefit the community in the long run.

"It's a big project for a small community. Money-wise, there will be a burden on us for some time but that's one side of it," Henderson said.

"The other side is the impact that it will have on the community. People are pretty ecstatic about it."

The city is expecting 30,000 to 50,000 Aquatarium visitors this year. 

With files from Frederic Pepin