Visit Bruce Power This Summer! This is your chance to visit Canada’s first private nuclear generating station and the world’s largest operating nuclear power plant. Did you know they offer FREE summer bus tours?! It’s located on the shore of Lake Huron, in Tiverton, Ontario, which is in the Municipality of Kincardine. It’s about a 2.5 hour drive from the City of Toronto. Kids investigate STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) in schools so this is a great chance for some summer STEM learning outside the classroom. Here are some reasons to Visit Bruce Power This Summer!…
Disclosure: this post is in partnership with Bruce Power. Opinions are my own.
Visit Bruce Power This Summer
Taking kids on tours of massive site, which is overlooked by wind farms is a way to introduce them to what powers their lives. A physical tour of a power plant allows kids to investigate the science, technology, engineering, and math used to generate the power they use every day in the classroom and at home.
Seven days a week in July and August, Bruce Power offers free bus tours to the public of their site – except for the Aug. 6 holiday. Tour times are 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Participants are asked to pre-register to ensure your space (link to www.brucepower.com/bustours) and arrive 30 minutes before their scheduled departure time for a safety briefing. The tour lasts about an hour, and you can experience the interactive Bruce Power Visitors’ Centre before or after your tour.
- A guided driving tour past both Bruce A and Bruce B generating stations (which have four units each that power a combined 30% of Ontario), and the historic Douglas Point generating station (Canada’s first commercial reactor which began producing electricity for Ontario back in 1967).
- Learn about nuclear energy and electricity generation.
- Bruce Power’s eight units provide 30 per cent of low-cost, emissions-free, reliable electricity for Ontario.
- Bruce Power is adjacent to Ontario’s first commercial wind farm, Huron Wind.
Bus tours are free, but pre-registration is required by visiting http://www.brucepower.com/bustours (valid government photo ID is required for all tour participants on the day of the tour. Parents may vouch for the ages of their children).
Things to do at Bruce Power
- Create your own scavenger hunt
- Make a Bruce Power bingo card
- Play eye spy with my little eye
- Draw a brainstorm spider of things that use power
- When you get home find an activity which requires alternative power (i.e. muscle power, wind power, water power).
A stop like this can be a great rest-stop for a long road trip. The whole family can stretch their legs, enjoy a different view, and learn something along the way.
From grade school to university, kids use STEM learning which makes a visit to Bruce Power all the more interesting for families. If you are in the Kincardine area this summer, you should look into booking your spot for one of the free bus tours of Bruce Power. A visit like this can ignite the fire in your budding scientist, builder, engineer or historian.