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Bracebridge Falls Generating Station, Muskoka River

Bracebridge Falls Generating Station is a two-unit hydroelectric station located on the Muskoka River in Bracebridge, Ontario. The station was originally built in 1901, with a station installed capacity of 0.6 MW at a head of 10 metres. Its headwork consisted of a concrete dam with one sluice gate, two log bays and four weir sections. The concrete intake has a gatehouse structure and is equipped with plastic trashracks. Two steel penstocks convey water to the stone and brick powerhouse. Water discharge merges with the Muskoka River at the base of Bracebridge Falls.

In 2012 the facility completed a series of upgrades, which have expanded the facility’s capacity to 2.6 MW.  Upgrades to the facility involved modifications to the existing powerhouse, turbine and generator replacement, installation of a new penstock, electrical system upgrades and deepening of both the intake and tailrace channels.With significant technology advances in the past century, the renovated facility now boasts one (1) Norcan S-Type Hydraulic Turbine as well as one (1) SAB Horizon Brushless Synchronous Generator, which are controlled by a Rockwell Automation ControlLogix system.

The station is connected to Muskoka TS.

Location: Bracebridge, Ontario
River System: Muskoka River
Nameplate Capacity: 2.6 MW
OPA Contracted Capacity: 2.6 MW
Operator: Bracebridge Generation Ltd.
Technology: Hydroelectric
Turbines: (1) Norcan S-Type Hydraulic Turbine
Originally Built: 1901
Coordinate: 45° 2′ 19.5″ N, 79° 18′ 31.2″ W