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A glimpse into the Niagara Parks Power Station
"Little inventors" workshop is is designed to inspire kids to explore science and technology. (Supplied)

A glimpse inside the reimagined Niagara Parks Power Station 

For more than 100 years, the Canadian Niagara Power Company Generating Station harnessed the powerful energy of the Horseshoe Falls and turned it into a great source of electricity for communities in western New York and southern Ontario. 

After lying dormant for over 15 years, the doors to the reimagined Niagara Parks Power Station have now reopened to offer visitors an in-depth look inside the only fully intact, decommissioned hydroelectric power plant of its era remaining in the world.

More than 400 people worked to restore the historic facility and transform it into Niagara Falls’ newest must-see attraction. Phase one of the Niagara Parks Power Station first opened to the public in July 2021 with new experiences currently in development to launch in July 2022.

An engaging, educational experience for all ages 

Repurposed artifacts, interpretive exhibits and interactive installations offer a first-hand look at how this hydropower pioneer was constructed at the turn of the century and how it harnessed the power of water to generate electricity for more than 100 years. 

The original equipment in the main generator hall was meticulously shined and restored to showcase the incredible power-generating technology built in the early 1900s. The revolutionary works of innovators like Nikola Tesla, Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse are also highlighted in captivating stories located throughout the building.  

Nighttime Experience

The Niagara Parks Power Station comes to life at night with Currents: Niagara’s Power Transformed. 

This one-of-a-kind nighttime experience, created by Thinkwell Studios Montreal, combines interactive media, mesmerizing lights and a breathtaking musical score to transform the heart of the station into a magical cathedral of power.

In this playful experience for all ages, visitors can rediscover the incredible history of this iconic building from an extraordinary perspective as they become part of the awe-inspiring sequences of Currents.

Enriching workshops for the little ones

Hosted twice-daily on Saturdays and Sundays, the Little Inventors Workshops offer STEM-related activities designed to inspire young minds to explore their curiosity and creativity through science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Children will have the chance to make their own battery, design a simple circuit, recreate famous inventions and more.

Access to these educational workshops is included with regular child admission to the Niagara Parks Power Station and all materials are provided.

More to come in 2022

As grand as the Niagara Parks Power Station is above ground, the scale of its underground infrastructure may be even more impressive. Beginning in July 2022, visitors will be able to travel down 180 feet beneath the main generator hall to discover the tunnel at the Niagara Parks Power Station. Travelling in a glass walled elevator, visitors will descend to the wheelpit below and begin their walk through the tunnel to the exit portal located 2,200 feet away at the base of the Niagara Gorge. Here they will experience unparalleled views of the Horseshoe and American Falls from an all-new vantage point.

Additional information and tickets for the Niagara Parks Power Station are available at niagaraparks.com/power.


 

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