Bruce Power Visitors' Centre
The Bruce Power Visitors? Centre is located west of Highway 21 on Bruce Road 20, south of Saugeen Shores. The facility overlooks the Bruce Power nuclear generating stations and is adjacent to Ontario?s first commercial wind farm, Huron Wind.
Bruce Power is one of Ontario?s largest independent power generators and employs more than 3,000 highly skilled employees with experience in the safe and reliable operation of nuclear generating stations. Its two multi-unit nuclear plants provide approximately 20 percent of the province?s power. It is also the home of Canada?s first commercial nuclear plant, Douglas Point Generating Station.
Towering high above the landscape, Huron Wind?s five 1.8 megawatt turbines produce enough electricity to power between 2,000 and 3,000 homes on an annual basis. In service since December 2002, the wind farm helped pave the way for many other wind energy projects currently underway in Ontario. Visible from miles away, the wind turbines are 117 metres tall from base to blade peak.
Tours of the Visitors? Centre are self-guided and last approximately 1-1/2 hours. Visitors can test their knowledge on a number of interactive displays and kiosks and use optical viewers for a closer look at the Bruce Power nuclear generating stations.
Approximately 30 displays, models and exhibits are featured. Highlights include:
Reactor Theatre ? Visitors are invited to enter a mock-up of Bruce Reactor No. 4 where nuclear construction workers Pete and Barb take a break from work to provide commentary and insight.
Nuclear Control Room ? Visitors can take on the role of Nuclear Operator using replica panels of a Bruce Power Control Room to start, run and stop a reactor.
Environmental Diorama ? Visitors can see and hear the diverse wildlife and fauna of the 2,300 acre Bruce Power site and learn what?s involved in Bruce Power?s environmental management system.
Huron Wind Kiosk ? Wind farm character Professor Propellerhead explains how wind power works using pictures, quizzes and illustrations on information kiosks inside the Visitors? Centre. Visitors are also welcome to view the wind turbines from an interpretative display outside the Visitors? Centre.
Wheel chair accessible and climate-controlled, the Visitors? Centre has a 97 seat amphitheatre, conference facilities and a picnic area for presentations.
Presentations on a number of energy related topics can be tailored to specific ages or groups. Subjects include electricity generation in Ontario, the history of nuclear power in Canada, wind energy, nuclear waste management and radiation. In addition, more than 40 environmental awareness programs are offered to schools in partnership with the local conservation authority.
Drop-in visitors are welcome in the exhibit hall year round and film presentations are scheduled regularly in the amphitheatre during July and August. Group presentations or visits can be arranged by calling 519-361-7777 or 1-866-748-4787. Admission is free.