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Saunders Hydro Dam Visitor Centre

Located on the banks of the St. Lawrence River, Ontario Power Generation's visitor centre showcases the history of the St. Lawrence Seaway and Power Project as well as the communities and people affected, and great biodiversity stories like the American Eel.

Come explore our exciting and informative interactive displays that make our visitor centre a key tourist destination in the Cornwall area.

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Our exhibits

The visitor centre features many exhibits to explore, engage and educate visitors.

Learn about the history of the Mohawks of Akwesasne, the first inhabitants of the St. Lawrence River Valley.

From the formation of the river to the first European explorers, learn how the St. Lawrence River contributed to settlement in Canada and the establishment of the trade route for early pioneers.

The St. Lawrence Power Project and Seaway were developed simultaneously. Find out how the Seaway was constructed in the 1950s.

The St. Lawrence Seaway and Power Project wasn’t completed without sacrifice. Many communities were relocated to higher ground to allow for the project to move forward. Learn about the former and current communities affected by the rivers inundation.

Learn about Harold Town, the famous Canadian painter responsible for creating the timeless St. Lawrence Power Project Mural abstract mural, a timeless piece that still hangs in the powerhouse today.

This stunning three-canvas painting depicts the traditional lifestyle of the Mohawks of Akwesasne prior to European contact. The mural emphasizes the importance the mighty St. Lawrence River played to the Mohawk’s everyday life. This painting was completed in 2016 by the late Mohawk Artist John B. Thomas.

For over 60 years, OPG and the New York Power Authority have worked together to produce power and manage water on the St. Lawrence River. Find out how this example of international cooperation developed and how it continues today.

Explore the mechanics of electricity production like nuclear and thermal power that we use to meet much of Ontario's power needs.

Do you have what it takes to be a hydroelectric operator? Find out by taking simulated controls of the R.H. Saunders Generating Station and provide clean power to Ontarians.

More info & room bookings

A few more things you should know about us.

Did you know?

To book the Main Auditorium or Community Room, contact us through the form below.

Meeting space is available between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.

A site orientation and review of safety procedures is required.

Admission to the centre and all programming is free!

A beautiful recreational path, great for walking and cycling, goes right by the building and along the river.

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