SOLD OUT! Ontario 150 – TOUR 3
The Ontario Waterpower Association (OWA) is joining in the celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary with a series of tours of historic hydroelectric facilities across the province. Support for the events is being provided by Ontario 150 Community Celebration Program led by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sports.
OWA Member: Ontario Power Generation
When: Saturday June 24th
Location: 15 Lockhart Drive, St. Catharines, Ontario
DeCew Falls Generating Station was built in 1898 and is the oldest continually running hydroelectric power station in Canada. The station derives its name from John DeCou, one of the pioneer settlers in the district. In 1886, the transmission of electricity over long distances for commercial purposes was still in much of an experimental stage. After numerous surveys and the examination into the physical feasibility of using DeCew Falls, a plan was developed for the generation of electrical energy. As a result of this the Cataract Power Company of Hamilton Ltd. was born, for the purposes of developing and transmitting 56 km (35 miles) to the city of Hamilton.