The Tunnel at the Niagara Parks Power Station

The Tunnel at the Niagara Parks Power Station

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Uncover a new underground experience from 180 feet beneath the halls of the Niagara Parks Power Station with the all-new tunnel experience, included with regular admission. Find out how this remarkable 2,200-foot-long tunnel was excavated with only lanterns, rudimentary dynamite, pickaxes and shovels. Then, step out onto a new observation deck at the river's edge.

  • Year-round
  • Approximate Duration (2 hr.) (varies)
    Approximate Duration (2 hr.) (varies)
  • Accessible
  • Self-guided Experience
    Self-guided Experience
  • Guided tours available
    Guided tours available

Discover a new underground perspective

Dig deep into the rich history of the century-old power station as you explore this engineering feat from an incredible new perspective, 180 feet beneath the main generating floor.

Get views of the power station’s hidden decks as you descend into the tunnel in a glass-paneled elevator. Then, explore fascinating exhibits to find out how it was remarkably excavated in 1901 with only lanterns, rudimentary dynamite, pickaxes and shovels. Learn how it expelled the power station’s spent waters back into the Niagara River, at the base of the falls.

Viewing platform

The tunnel served as an exit point for the water used in generating hydropower for over a century. Your journey in the tunnel will take you along the same path travelled by water and lead you to a viewing platform where the tunnel emptied into the Niagara River.

For the first time ever, the newly constructed viewing platform offers unprecedented access to a new perspective of the lower Niagara River with unparalleled views of both the Horseshoe and American Falls.


There's more to Niagara's power story

The all-new tunnel experience at the Niagara Parks Power Station is included with regular admission to the station. Explore this restored hydroelectric power station, first constructed over a century ago. Discover interactive exhibits, fascinating models and more. Hungry for more? Scan story markers throughout the station with your mobile device and dig deeper with exclusive content, including our audio guide! Fully guided generator hall tours with our expert interpreters are also available.

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Know Before You Go

You’re about to embark on an incredible journey through a 115+ year-old tunnel, deep underground.
Here are some tips to help you prepare for the experience.


2,200 feet!

The glass-walled elevator takes you deep underground, where you'll travel 2,200 feet through the tunnel. The pathway is even and smooth, but be sure to wear comfortable footwear. Look for benches along the way if you need to stop and take a break.


60° F (15 ° C)

You're 180 feet underground. Despite the weather on the surface, it can get chilly down there! Consider dressing for the weather and bringing a light jacket. Once you reach the observation deck at the river's edge, expect to get wet! Recyclable rain ponchos are available upon request.



If you have to go, now's the time! There are ample fully accessible washrooms available on the generator floor of the power station. We recommend making a quick pit stop before descending down the elevator.

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The Tunnel is included with the regular admission to the Power Station

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