The Niagara Parks Power Station was the first major power station on the Canadian side of the Niagara River and has generated electricity for over 100 years. This magnificent historical building will be brought back to life starting Labour Day weekend, in a way that has never been seen before as you explore Currents: Niagara’s Power Transformed.
Immerse yourself in the world of power generation at the Currents show, and be amazed by how the light and sound show depicts the ingenuity of the engineers who harnessed Horseshoe Falls to power the land.
At night the entire power station with its massive, sky blue turbines is transformed into a wonderful and magical place. You will find yourself in awe, as you discover the world of power.
You will be mesmerized by water and its waves above, below and all around you. You will also see “electric currents” all around. The creators wanted the audience to feel as though they are part of the water and electricity.
This incredible show was created by the Thinkwell Group, who used an enchanting display of lights, animation, sounds and special effects to create an interactive storytelling experience using laser phosphor projectors, architectural LEDs throughout the station to highlight special elements of the building with complementary lighting and atmospheric effects.
Currents make use of 23 laser phosphor projectors on 5 distinct surfaces ( wall + floor + 3 turbines) using 3D mapping to create an immersive video environment – 32 channels of immersive and interactive audio content are fed through 35 different speakers. Reactive elements using proprietary projector autocalibration and an interactive tracking system with 6 infrared blasters are also used.
The experience unfolds in three parts:
Act 1: The Beginning:
The light show will transform the walls and onto the floor around you as you experience how the waters of the Niagara River changed over millions of years from the Ice Age to the valley with a stunning new geological wonder – the Niagara Falls.
Act 2: Harnessing the power
Learn how the world’s most powerful waterfall inspired engineers and inventors as the massive machinery lights up and comes to life-powered by the currents of the river. You will then follow along the history of the power station as it goes dormant from its glory days.
Act 3: Reawakening the station
The last act explores the theme of how “Your presence has reawakened the building” as Niagara River continues to flow around you.
What: Enter through the doors of Niagara’s cathedral of power as echoes of the Niagara River flow above you. Next, walk amongst the towering generators and century-old machinery brought to life once more through lights, reactive multimedia, and a breathtaking musical score. You’ll become part of the thrilling experience as water becomes energy at the tip of your fingers.
When: Starting September 3, 2021
The Currents show will occur all year round. Each show takes about 45 mins. They also have hourly shows, every single day, so you have many options to choose from.
On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays the shows are from 6 30 p.m. to 10 30 p.m. and on Mondays – Thursdays from 6 30 p.m. to 9 30 p.m.
The regular night show admission tickets cost $30 for adults and $19.50 for kids.
They also have a night show package, which includes both the morning experience and the incredible night experience. In the morning you can learn all about the power station and see interesting exhibits, artifacts and enjoy their interactive storytelling.
Tickets for adults cost $40 and for children (6-12) $26.
Niagara Parks Power Station,7005 Niagara Parkway, L2E 6T2.