Canadian Niagara Power Generating Station
Ontario Heritage Trust and Niagara Parks present your doorway to an unforgettable Ontario landmark: a behind-the-scenes tour of the awe-inspiring Canadian Niagara Power Generating Station.
Completed in 1905, this marvel of engineering and architecture will open its doors on October 26 to share the story of this facility from 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.
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Table Rock House Restaurant
Just steps from the brink of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls, the newly renovated Table Rock House Restaurant features a menu designed with ingredients from right here at home. Enjoy local VQA wines, craft beers, and delicious creations made possible by Ontario growers, producers and purveyors. Of course, all of this is underscored with a side of one of the world’s most unrivalled views.
Just a short walk from the Canadian Niagara Power Generating Station, lunch or dinner at Table Rock House Restaurant is the perfect complement to this one-of-a-kind experience with Doors Open Ontario.
Discover the Story
A Generation of Power
The Canadian Niagara Power Generating Station was completed in 1905 and was the first major power plant on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls. A marvel of engineering and architecture, the station’s generators were the largest of their kind, followed shortly after by those at the Toronto Power Generating Station located a short distance south.
In its operation, power generated from the Canadian Niagara Power Generating Station was used to service Fort Erie, Ontario and Buffalo, New York, and the plant remained in operation until 2006 when it was decommissioned. The Niagara Parks Commission acquired ownership in 2009.
Harmony in Design
Designed by architect Algernon S. Bell, the Canadian Niagara Power Generating Station is intended to mimic the Niagara Falls Power Company on the U.S. side of the Niagara River. An important example of architectural, engineering, and landscape design working in harmony, it created a unified visual landmark compatible with its remarkable natural park setting atop the Canadian Horseshoe Falls.
The station was built in the style of H.H. Richardson with a rusticated stone exterior with Queenston limestone and stunning, rounded window arches depicting restrained Romanesque design. The water-filled forecourt is the most prominent feature of the building setting, acting as a reflecting pool that enhances the pattern of the Romanesque stone arches. The interior also features significant detail, from the massive bronze doors on the north side to the marble and bronze detailing of the office area.
Past, Present and Future
The fascinating history of this building is just one part of the story.
Niagara Parks is currently exploring options for the adaptive re-use of the Canadian Niagara Power Generating Station to preserve and showcase the building’s heritage.
About the Program Ontario Heritage Trust + Doors Open Ontario
The Ontario Heritage Trust’s Doors Open Ontario program is an annual cultural tourism initiative where the Trust works with communities and partners to open the doors, gates and courtyards of their unique and most fascinating cultural sites to encourage Ontarians to discover the stories inside these exceptional spaces, in communities all across the province.
The Trust envisions an Ontario where the places, landscapes, traditions and stories that embody our heritage are reflected, valued and conserved for future generations.