Aquatic Adventures into the Strength of the St. Lawrence River
Learn how the waters of the St. Lawrence River have shaped the world around us in this interactive learning exploration full of activities for kids.
Water is useful for a lot more than just drinking! In our Power of Water experience, discover some of the amazing things the waters of the St. Lawrence River do, from generating electricity to providing transportation to changing the shape of the land itself!
Hydroelectric power, or electricity generated by water, is one of the world’s greatest renewable resources. Using water to generate energy is a low cost, environmentally friendly way to produce electricity. In the Power of Water discovery zone, you can even create your own electricity at our hydroelectric generation table – one of our most supercharged activities for kids. Challenge a friend to see who can produce the most power!
The water of the St. Lawrence River and Seaway is also vital to international trade: without it, we couldn’t import goods from all over the world or grow our own economy by exporting Canadian-made products. Every year, the St. Lawrence Seaway and St. Lawrence River at large handle up to 50 million tons of cargo! Watch a lively video showcasing this incredibly important avenue for economic sustainability for Canada.
The Power of Water isn’t just about economics! Water has the power to change the world around it physically, too. As it flows downhill across land, water cuts deep into the soil, creating gullies and streams in a process called erosion. Learn about working locks, dams and the power that is generated by the rushing currents in the St. Lawrence River. The Power of Water will help these geographical processes come to life with its array of engaging and exciting activities for kids and grown-up adventurers alike.
Power of Water Fast Facts:
- In 1997, international leisure cruise ships began voyaging through the St. Lawrence River, carrying more than 14,000 passengers from across the world through our mighty seaway.
- The St. Lawrence Seaway’s complex system of locks – devices for raising and lowering boats between stretches of different levels on river and canal waterways – charges ships tolls of $30 per lock for the journey.
- Cargo shipping on the St. Lawrence Seaway-Great Lakes system generates nearly $35 billion of economic activity for both Canada and the U.S.