This special issue is in celebration of the opening of the Aquatarium a 27,000+ square foot interactive, learning and discovery centre located on the shores of the St. Lawrence River. Exhibits focus on building awareness and appreciation for the 1000 Islands region by inspiring curiosity.
Yes, it has taken almost a decade to complete but the doors officially opened on Friday, May 6th, 2016. The first flag to be raised on the Broad Street Flagpole was that of RiverQuest. Certainly a reminder of all that is special about the Thousand Islands.
When the project began, the Aquatarium formed a partnership with museum, castles, forts, theatres, art centres, environment preserves and boat tours both in Canada and the United States. Throughout the exhibits are links and descriptions of other places to visit, while in the Thousand Islands. All of the RiverQuest partners are featured on an interactive map. Visitors can push buttons and visit other sites easily.
The RiverQuest map is the gateway to all the incredible experiences the 1000 Islands region offers.
Whatever areas visitors are “In Quest of”, be it adventure, culture, history or more, RiverQuest offers experiences that can be found nowhere else!
With this RiverQuest website and the Aquatarium’s map, you can now find experiences and then create your own multi-location Quest based on a single theme, or a mix of things that appeal to everyone in your family!
This past month, some members of the steering committee asked to share their congratulations:
“To the RiverQuest / Aquatarium team... What a long and winding journey you have been on and look how far you have come. It has been a privilege to have, in a very small way, been part of the process. May the future be as bright as you have imagined and may the lives touched and the learning moments shared be a lasting legacy for the community, the River we all love and our amazing 1000 Islands. Congratulations.”
Linda Mainse, former Executive Director, Arthur Child Heritage Museum, Gananoque, ON.
“Congratulations! We welcome such a strong regional partner, and look forward to the new power of the RiverQuest initiative. It's good to be friends.”
Laura Foster, Remington Art Museum. Ogdensburg, ON>
“It has been an honor and pleasure to work with the executive team of the Aquatarium in fulfilling a vision. I can assure visitors that their experience will not only be educational, but memorable. In addition, this attraction will not only serve as an integral asset to the Canadian river communities, but to both sides of the border as the content finds unique ways to link visitor experiences with attractions and destinations in the US and Canada. Best wishes to the Aquatarium in striving to tell the many stories of 'our' River and much success in achieving your mission.”
Michael Folsom, formerly from the Antique Boat Museum, now Corporate Sales Manager at Marriott Syracuse
The Aquatarium is a great addition to the 1000 Islands region. Congratulations on the opening from the Management and Staff of Rockport Cruises.
Carol Sudds, Marketing Director.
And I join Kim Lunman, who wrote her first article for Thousand Islands Life, about the Aquatarium. Together Kim and I have watched as this project took shape. Kim says it all with:
Congratulations on the Grand Opening of the Aquatarium, at Tall Ships Landing, in Brockville. The discovery centre, aptly located at the eastern gateway to the 1000 Islands along the shores of the ‘City of the 1000 Islands, is more than a new anchor tourism attraction. It’s a celebration of all of the wonders of this spectacular region and the River that will be celebrated and cherished by generations to come.
Kim Lunman is the owner and publisher of Island Life Magazine and islandlifemag.ca.
By Susan W. Smith, Editor, TI Life