Southern Canada has a long history often shaped by its unique geography, of which Niagara Falls is a particular example. The powerful river and the massive waterfalls have attracted not only communities and thrill-seekers, but innovators seeking to harness that power for public benefit.
Historians acknowledge that Niagara Falls was the site of the first hydroelectric power plant in the world, designed by Nikola Tesla and completed in 1895. In subsequent years more plants and facilities would be built along the river to provide electricity to nearby towns and cities. The Toronto Power Generating Station is perhaps one of the more visually impressive of these.