Niagara Parks to open newest landmark attraction this summer

Mar 30 2021, 11:07 am

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The Niagara Parks Power Station will finally open to the public as Niagara’s newest landmark attraction this July.

The new attraction, located just south of the Horseshoe Falls, will begin welcoming visitors on July 1.

According to Niagara Parks, construction at the historic facility has been ongoing since June 2020 after receiving a loan of $25 million provided by the Ontario Financing Authority, first announced by Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries, Lisa MacLeod.

“This has been a very challenging time for the tourism sector, but the reopening of the Niagara Parks Power Station as a one-of-a-kind, made-in-Ontario attraction will mark a great milestone on the Niagara Region’s road to recovery,” said Minister MacLeod in a release.

“Last year, our government proudly announced our support for the redevelopment project. This summer, I encourage people of all ages to safely visit the station when it opens, and explore a fascinating piece of Ontario’s industrial history and heritage.”

Guests will experience interactive exhibits and interpretative installations that go in-depth with the history and science behind hydroelectric power generation at the station.

“Currents: Niagara’s Power Transformed,” created by Thinkwell Group, is a nighttime immersive multimedia experience aiming to bring the station back to life for attendees, using sound and 3D projection mapping technology.

Niagara power station

Niagara Parks

“Construction on Phase Two of the attraction will be completed over the next year for opening in July of 2022 and will allow visitors to explore to the vast underground portions of the Niagara Parks Power Station,” said Niagara Parks.

“Guests will travel down nearly 200 feet below the main floor via elevator, to reach the tailrace tunnel which connects the plant to the Niagara River and includes a spectacular viewing portal at the base of Niagara Falls.”

Niagara power station

Niagara Parks

This one-of-a-kind structure is considered to be the only decommissioned hydroelectric power plant, that is still fully intact, of its era in the entire world.

It was constructed back in 1905 as the “Canadian Niagara Power Company generating station” the massive facility was a historic achievement in engineering and architecture, remaining operational until 2006, according to Niagara Parks.

Pre-sale tickets will be available beginning April 1 on the Niagara Falls website.

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