Saturday, August 30, 2014

Tiverton, Ontario: World's largest nuclear power plant

Admittedly, a nuclear power plant doesn't strike many people as a typical tourist stop. This one is worth at least a look.

Part of the fun is the drive (not counting the construction we encountered in getting there). The area approaching the plant, which is located right on Lake Huron, is filled with wind turbines. At one point, they stretched as far as the eye could see in all directions. We found out later that almost all of them have nothing to do with the power plant.

A visitors' center welcomes tourists. It is on a hill, located above the complex. This is the largest working nuclear power complex in the world, as a bigger one in Japan was a victim of the tsunami. The picture above shows one of the reactors. This is a big area. It provides enough electricity to power a quarter of Ontario's needs. There are displays and a movie that show how the process works.

Visitors can take a tour of the facility from inside the gates, but advance preparation is needed. Names must be submitted for a security check ahead of time. The tourist area will satisfy many of your needs in this area.

As you might expect, the visitors center is something of an opportunity for public relations. Everyone wants cheap power and jobs (3,000 are employed here), but no one wants a plant in the backyard. So, this is something of a sales job, but it's a well-done one.

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