OPG Family Fun Day

Shawna O'Neill
OPG Family Fun Day
Carma Williams

CORNWALL, Ontario – The second annual Family Fun Day at Ontario Power Generation (OPG) Visitor’s Centre featured free activities for the entire family, from a petting zoo to an educational scavenger hunt. The event ran from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 28. 

Last year’s event attracted 400 people. Organizers were expecting to surpass that number this year.

“It brings a lot of traffic through the centre and it gets people aware that we’re here,” said Sarah McGrath, Support Services Student. “Even sometimes locals don’t know that we’re here. So we’re a little hidden gem, and we especially want to let people know that we are a family friendly centre.”

In addition to the popular petting and feeding zoo, provided by Vanderlaand Barnyard Zoo, families could enjoy an arts and crafts workshop, temporary tattoos, a safety model, scavenger hunt and refreshments.

“We have our safety model set up today and our scavenger hunt that intentionally brings families into the centre and gets them learning about the history of the St. Lawrence Seaway Power Project—and they can still have fun,” said McGrath.

McGrath, who organized the event, hopes that Family Fun Day will encourage people to be more aware of the events offered at the centre, including those in partnership with the St. Lawrence River Institute of Environmental Sciences. 

The next major event at OPG will be the Teddy Bear Picnic on Sunday, August 12. 

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