Ontario 150 Public Tour #1 – Chaudière Falls Generating Station (Ottawa, Ontario) JUNE 3&4

Event Details


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: Hydro Ottawa

When: Saturday June 3rd and Sunday June 4th 

Time: 10AM – 4PM (Saturday and Sunday)

Location: Chute des Chaudières (Victoria Island), City of Ottawa

Chaudière Falls is located less than 1.5km away from the Parliament of Canada and Ottawa’s downtown core.Generating Station No. 2 was commissioned by E.H. Bronson in 1891 during the lumber boom, is a heritage-designated building and Canada’s oldest surviving hydroelectric facility still in operation. When it first opened, it consisted of three units with a total installed capacity of 5 megawatts (MW) and an average annual energy output of approximately 36.5 GWh. In 2001 the station was completely refurbished. However, all of theheritage elements of the station were preserved leaving the equipment looking the same as it did 100 years ago. Once this process was completed, the station’s annual energy output increased by 64%.

Commissioned in 1900, Generating Station No.4 originally consisted of two units with total installed capacity of 7 MW and an annual average energy output of 50 GWh. Similar to No. 2 generating station, it faced many of the same ageing equipment issues and was completely rebuilt and expanded in 2005. This renovation increased its generating capacity from 7 to 8 MW, and its energy output by 20%. Overall, the refurbished stations now achieve the most efficient use of water resources, reduce maintenance costs, and improve reliability and safety.