The OPG Saunders Dam Visitor Center in Cornwall is open for the summer season


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Two years and two months later, the visitor center at Saunders Hydroelectric Dam in Cornwall has reopened.

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Ontario Power Generation, in a recent news release, said the center was open for the 2022 summer tourist season.

“We are delighted to announce the reopening of the (centre) to the public,” said Mike Woodcock, Plant Manager at Saunders HR Central. “At OPG, we believe in being a good corporate citizen and a good neighbour. The Visitor Center serves as a safe, inclusive and educational space for tourists and community members. »

The center, which closed at the start of the pandemic in March 2020, showcases the history of the Seaway and the St. Lawrence Energy Project as well as the communities and people affected. It also includes informative interactive exhibits which make it a key tourist destination in the Cornwall area.

OPG in the statement said that for the tourist season until the end of September, the center will be open from Tuesday to Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Each year, the facility would host many community gatherings and meetings, including the annual symposium hosted by the River Institute. OPG also uses the center as a year-round meeting space.

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For the reopening, OPG reminds guests to continue to protect themselves and others by following provincial public health measures and staying home if unwell.

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Also in the region, on the American side of the river, the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corp. (GLS) recently announced the reopening of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Visitors’ Center, located at the US Eisenhower Lock in Massena. to the public on May 27. It is planned to remain open daily, including weekends, until Labor Day, September 5. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

The center provides tourists and ship watchers with a viewing platform where they can observe commercial vessels as they pass through the lock which raises and lowers vessels over 40 feet. The outdoor grounds and the Center Observation Deck will be open. This is a federal facility and all visitors are required to comply with all posted health and safety notices.

Also near Massena, the New York Power Authority, about seven months into the pandemic in the fall of 2020, opened its Hawkins Point Visitor Center on a limited basis, with a full opening later.

The Saunders Visitor Center in Cornwall is located on the shore of the St. Lawrence River, east of the Robert H. Saunders Generating Station, on the western edge of Cornwall. The 13,000 square foot building opened in the summer of 2010.

To stay up to date on current hours of operation and future events, visit or contact the Welcome Center directly at 613-932-4563.


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