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The beauty and power of Niagara Falls have been attracting travellers for thousands of years. From every angle, Niagara Falls offers a unique perspective and experience. In July, Niagara Parks opened the all-new tunnel at the Niagara Parks Power Station, opening access to the century-old tunnel that leads to a brand-new viewing platform of Niagara Falls. Explorers follow the flow of water that once rushed through the power plant 180 feet down to a platform with breathtaking views of both the American and Canadian Horseshoe Falls.
Explore a 115-year-old tunnel with an unbeatable view of the falls at the Niagara Parks Power Station
The attraction provides an inside look at the 115-year-old power plant that sparked Ontario into the industrial age and pioneered hydroelectric power for Canada. The Niagara Parks Power Station, once named 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 over a century. The wonder of this hydropower pioneer has come back to life in an entertaining and educational experience highlighting the remarkable history and unique architectural features of this engineering.
You’ll first explore the generator floor on the main level, filled with restored machinery and fascinating storytelling about the inventors and founders that brought the station to life and the many workers who kept it running for over a century. You’ll then descend in a glass-panelled elevator. Like an iceberg, most of the plant’s structure is below the surface. Enjoy the breathtaking views of the power plant’s hidden decks where workers would maintain the inner workings of this behemoth of power!
At the bottom, now 180 feet underground, step out into the power plant’s wheel pit. In this enormous arched hall, the water that coursed through the plant’s 11 turbines exited here before rushing down the 2,200-foot-long tunnel and rejoining the Niagara River at the base of the valley. The experience guides guests to explore the tunnel’s immense size, scope, and history, all while leading to the new viewing platform that offers magnificent views of Niagara Falls.
The platform offers a never-before-seen view, extending 65 feet into the river, with the falls only a few hundred feet away. Admission to the Tunnel is included with the Niagara Parks Power Station, starting at only $28 per adult. Learn more and get tickets at niagaraparks.com/tunnel
Return to Niagara Parks for an Exquisite Night Show, Currents
Experience the remarkable Niagara Parks Power Station in a whole new way! Return after dark and visit to see Currents, an incredible evening sound and light show located in the heart of the plant. The immersive, interactive media at this must-see attraction uses projected effects that respond to guest presence. Through vision, colour, lights, sound, and an incredible musical composition, this one-of-a-kind sensory experience brings the machinery of this famous power plant back to life.
Guests become one with the immersive show as they walk amongst the towering turbines on the generator floor. Their movements change the projected images and lights surrounding the generator hall, helping tell Niagara’s story of power. The evening sound and light show is perfect for all ages.
Learn more and get tickets for Currents at niagaraparks.com/currents. Bundle and save with the Niagara Parks Power Pass, including admission to the station during the day and Currents at night.
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Experience the remarkable Niagara Parks Power Station in a whole new way with Currents, an epic sight and sound night show inside the heart of the plant.