Niagara Parks Power Station
Welcome to Niagara Park’s newest attraction: the historic Canadian Niagara Power Generating Station. The decommissioned facility on the Niagara Parkway has undergone an extraordinary transformation into a multi-faceted visitor experience and a significant new landmark attraction.
Journey inside the power station
The first attraction visitors experience on entering the power station is the generator hall.
Repurposed artifacts, interactive exhibits and intriguing installations offer visitors a firsthand look at how this hydropower pioneer harnessed the power of water to generate electricity for a remarkable century.
Guests will also have the opportunity to follow the flow up close, exploring a scale model of the plant, walk through a life-size penstock, and engage with an interactive control panel to test their hydropower knowledge and more.
For those seeking a deeper understanding, expert-guided tours of the main generator floor are available for an additional cost. Please note that the tunnel exploration is a self-guided experience only.
Those visiting the power station at night can experience an additional attraction: Currents, an extraordinary light and sound show.
During the show visitors can walk amidst the historic turbines on the generator floor. You will witness the magic unfold as projected images and dynamic lights react to your every movement, unveiling the captivating story of Niagara's power in a mesmerizing display of art and technology
Currents is a ticketed experience with showtimes beginning after-hours at the Niagara Parks Power Station.
Discover a new underground experience
Niagara Parks Power Station’s newest hallmark attraction called The Tunnel takes guests through a deep journey into never-before-seen underground parts of the historic station.
First part of the attraction involves visitors descending 180 feet beneath the power station in glass-enclosed elevators. During the descent, you will be able to witness historic equipment used by the station to generate power and all the various levels from top-to-bottom.
The remarkable fact about this descent and the tunnel is that they were excavated more than a century ago using only lanterns, crude explosives, pickaxes and shovels.
The elevator opens in the 670 metre (approx. 2200 foot) tunnel, at the base of the falls where historically water would start flowing out of the station and into the Niagara River.
Following the tunnel will lead visitors to the newly created observation platform connected to the river. Additionally, guests will enjoy unrivalled views of the majestic Horseshoe and American Falls.
The all-new tunnel experience at the Niagara Parks Power Station is included with regular admission to the station.
Support persons welcome
Service animals welcome
Information available in alternative format
Easy access electrical outlets
Accessible drop-off location
Wheelchair and/or mobility devices available
More about Niagara Parks Power Station
Completed in 1905, the Canadian Niagara Power (CNP) was the first large scale power plant on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls to harness the power of the Niagara River and produce hydroelectricity.
Besides being an industrial marvel at the time, the facility turned heads for its imposing architecture and beautifully landscaped grounds. CNP was also considered an engineering pioneer for the ingenious tunnel system redirecting water from the forebay through turbines into the lower Niagara River, at the base of the Horseshoe Falls.
CNP remained operational until 2006, and in 2009 the Niagara Parks Commission acquired ownership of the property. Established in 1885, Niagara Parks is responsible for the preservation, protection and promotion of key natural, cultural and historic features and highlights surrounding Niagara Falls and the Niagara River. These include beautiful gardens and a horticulture school, top golf courses, significant heritage sites, restaurants, shops and attractions, as well as the famous waterfalls.
And now the Niagara Power Generating Station has joined this family of attractions that make Niagara a globally recognized destination.
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Last updated: August 18, 2023