The Niagara Tunnel Project

2005 – 2013

View all the details and history on the current, and ongoing, power tunnel construction under the City of Niagara Falls, Ontario.

The History of Power Development in Niagara

In 1759, Daniel Joncairs was the first recorded person to have harnessed any type of power in Niagara. He did this by digging a narrow ditch above the falls, on the American side, and from this was able to draw enough water from the river to turn a waterwheel to power a small sawmill. Joncairs did not invent the waterwheel, however before he arrived; the power of Niagara was being used for nothing more than washing.