Visitor Centre Adds Displays and Events for Summer Season

June 17, 2016
By Kassandra Blais

Cornwall Ontario – The St. Lawrence Power Development Visitor Centre is now open for another summer season filled with exciting activities and events.

Equipped with a variety of video presentations and displays on hydroelectric, thermal and nuclear generation, safety around power facilities and the American eel, the Visitor Centre recounts the fascinating history of the St. Lawrence Seaway and Power Projects.

The environmentally-friendly building is fitted with many hands-on models and offers an  educational outing for people of all ages. Visitors can chase a virtual eel up a ladder, spin a turbine to make electricity, or be an operator for a day and balance power production with the needs of other river users.

The Visitor Centre’s strategic location on the banks of the St. Lawrence River also allows visitors to enjoy magnificent views of the R.H. Saunders Generating Station.

New Display

The new display “Indigenous Creations of the Natural World” features artifacts and archeological findings that reflect Mohawk and Native American culture. The artifacts, all hand-made and created from natural materials found in the environment, include pottery, musical instruments, and lacrosse sticks.  The exhibit is presented in partnership with the Native North American Travelling College.

Summer Workshops

Throughout the entire summer, the St. Lawrence River Institute of Environmental Sciences will be offering families a chance to discover science and nature in our community.  The Institute’s environmental workshops will be held at the Visitor Centre and are available free of charge:

  • Fish & Eel – Saturday, June 25th from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
  • Bats! – Saturday, July 23rd from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
  • Amphibians and Reptiles – Saturday, August 27th from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
  • Animal Mania – Saturday, September 10th from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Hours of Operation

The Visitor Centre is open 8:30 am to 4:00 pm, Tuesday through Sunday.


The Visitor Centre is located in Cornwall’s west end, on the Grounds of the R.H. Saunders Generating Station. Simply take Second Street West to the end of the road and follow the sgins.

The Visitor Centre is also accessible from the Waterfront Trail and is an easy bike ride from Downtown Cornwall.

Here are the GPS coordinates:

45o 00’ 30.2” N
74o 47’ 1.4” W

About the St. Lawrence Power Development Visitor Centre

The St. Lawrence Power Development Visitor Centre is operated by Ontario Power Generation. The 13,000 sq.ft. LEED building opened in the summer of 2010.

OPG is committed to environmental sustainability and social responsibility. To reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the Visitor Centre offers priority parking for carpoolers, electric car refueling, and pedestrian and bicycle path access.

For more information please call 613 932-4563 ex. 3520 or visit them online:

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