Hydro Ottawa is providing a rare glimpse inside Canada’s oldest operating run-of-the-river hydroelectric generating station this weekend, June 2 and 3.
Chaudiere Falls Generating Station No. 2 will be open to the public as part of Doors Open Ottawa. Brought to the community by the City of Ottawa, it is Ottawa’s largest heritage and architectural event. Doors Open Ottawa gives visitors a rare opportunity to visit inside some of the city’s most prestigious buildings and facilities.

“It’s a unique opportunity to share the history of this site with the community. Together our three generating stations at Chaudiere Falls produce enough power to supply approximately 13,000 homes,” said Bryce Conrad, President and Chief Executive Officer at Hydro Ottawa Holding Inc. “Visitors will have the opportunity to tour this historic building and learn how hydroelectricity is produced.”
Hydro Ottawa’s Generating Station No. 2 was built in 1891 by industrialist E.H. Bronson. In 2001, the station was completely rebuilt. All of the generators were rewound, the turbines were replaced, the channels and dam structures were rehabilitated and the station was completely automated. All heritage elements of the station were preserved, with the equipment looking as it did 100 years ago.


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