Power Development Visitor Centre Gears Up For Season

June 20, 2014
By Joe Grady

Cornwall Ontario – Have you ever wondered how the R.H. Saunders Power Dam generates electricity?

Come out this summer to the St. Lawrence Power Development Visitor Centre and satisfy your curiosity.  This family friendly facility is fitted with many hands-on models and numerous visual displays make this learning experience an entertaining one.

From the relocation of 500 homes to the long negotiation process with United States, the Visitor Centre explains all the challenges as well as the successes encountered during the construction of the R.H. Saunders Power Dam. During your visit you will also be able to see the steps put into place to promote biodiversity around the dam.

Summer Workshops

Throughout the entire summer the St. Lawrence River Institute of Environmental Studies will be running family-oriented environment education workshops at the visitor centre. The success of their first work shop Wild for Wildlife has visitors anxiously awaiting the following four workshops:

  • Fish & Eels – Saturday, June 28th from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm.
  • Bats are the Best – Wednesday, July 23rd from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.
  • The Buzz on Insects – Saturday, August 16th from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm.
  • Birds in our Backyard – Saturday, September 20th from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

The Visitor Centre is alsp participating in the Passport to our Past event, and will be open June 21st & 22ndfrom 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. All events are free.

For more information on The St. Lawrence Power Development Visitor Centre please contact 613 932-4563 ex. 3520 or visit them online:

About the St. Lawrence Power Development Visitor Centre

The Visitor Centre is located on the bank of the St. Lawrence River east of the Robert H Saunders Generating Station, at 2500B Second Street West in the west end of Cornwall. This 13,000 square foot LEED building, opened in the summer of 2010, is the new home of OPG’s many stories. It recounts the fascinating history of the St. Lawrence Seaway and Power Project and addresses its impact on specific communities such as the Mohawks of Akwesasne and the Lost Villages. There is a variety of video presentations available, and displays on hydroelectric, thermal and nuclear generation, safety around power facilities, the American eel and the St. Lawrence Seaway. As well, a community room is available for use by local organizations.

Regular hours are 9 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.

Don’t know how to get to the Visitor Centre? Here are the GPS coordinates:

45o 00’ 30.2” N
74o 47’ 1.4” W

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