ONTARIO 150 – TOUR 2
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: Bracebridge Generation
When: Saturday June 17th
Time: 11AM- 3PM
Location: 98 Manitoba Street, Bracebridge, Ontario
The Bird Mill Power Station, built in 1892, was Bracebridge’s introduction to waterpower and was the first municipally owned hydroelectric generating station in Ontario. Bracebridge Falls Generating Station was built in 1902 at the foot of the falls and propelled Bracebridge into the 20th century by providing much-needed electricity to its growing city and industry. The availability of waterpower was great boon to the city and its populace, providing power to its two tanneries, grist mill, sawmill, flour mill and woolen mill amongst other places.