Niagara Parks Unveils Groundbreaking Private Sector Revitalization Investment for Toronto Power Generating Station

Niagara Parks and Pearle Hospitality team up for a $200 million overhaul of Toronto Power Generating Station, aiming to create a world-class visitor experience. Photo Supplied: Niagara Parks


Niagara Parks and Pearle Hospitality have agreed to a transformational private sector investment to restore the Historic Toronto Power Generating Station. 

“Niagara Parks is proud to announce the conclusion of the three-stage public procurement process to restore and to redevelop the Toronto Power Generation Station, with Pearle Hospitality named as the successful proponent,” Niagara Parks shared in their official press release.

“The extensively researched and thoughtful proposal submitted by Pearle outlines a transformational private sector investment of over $200 million that will restore the National Historic Site while creating an unparalleled visitor experience befitting of its location overlooking the iconic Canadian Horseshoe Falls.” 

Pearl Hospitality, located in Ancaster, has a rich history of facilitating the restoration of Canadian heritage properties. Their projects have included, but are not limited to, the Elora Mill Hotel and Spa, The Ancaster Mill and the Cambridge Mill. 

A letter of Intent between Niagara Parks and Pearle Hospitality has been signed. This marks the beginning of a 120-day due diligence process that will include a Heritage Impact Assessment, Cultural Heritage Evaluation Report, Strategic Conservation Plan, environmental archaeology assessments and contract negotiations. 

 “The revitalization of Toronto Power is an opportunity, through private sector investment, to preserve a significant piece of Ontario and Canada’s history and provide it with a new purpose as an all-new visitor experience and demand generator for the Niagara region, Ontario and Canada,” the press release stated. 

In addition to the project’s historical significance, the redevelopment’s economic impacts promise to be enormous. “(Plans will) prioritize public access with several indoor and outdoor public viewing areas including a museum, public art gallery, a range of culinary options, Niagara Falls’ first and only five-star boutique accommodation, event and programming space and much more,” it is said in the release. 

Various stakeholders have shared their great enthusiasm for the once-in-a-generation project. 

“As global markets continue to bounce back from the pandemic, Niagara will be at the forefront of the recovery of the Canadian tourism industry,” David Adames, Chief Executive Officer at The Niagara Parks Commission, shared in a recent interview with The Niagara Independent. “After two years of in-depth consultation and planning, we are thrilled to announce our partnership with Pearle Hospitality to complete the redevelopment of this exceptional Canadian heritage location,” he continued. “In the first nine years alone, it is estimated that the construction and initial operation period will create well over a thousand jobs per year, many of which will be student positions.” 

“Toronto Power is a globally recognized landmark of Canadian architecture and industry that has stood as a central feature of the Niagara Falls landscape for a century,” said Niagara Parks Commission Chair April Jeffs. “Overseeing its preservation and transformation from a dormant heritage building of national significance into a brand-new, one-of-a-kind visitor experience for the benefit of local residents and tourists alike, is the embodiment of what Niagara Parks stands for as an organization,” she continued. “This transformational investment will elevate the entire destination of Niagara Falls, solidifying its status as a global tourism icon for generations to come.” 

“Our firm was founded with a vision to create landmark, state-of-the-art developments,” Brian McMullan, Director of Business Development and Spokesperson for Pearle Hospitality, said. “As we work to redevelop the Toronto Power site, we’re looking forward to applying the best practices we’ve learned through our history of building, redeveloping and operating distinctive and world-class destination properties across Ontario,” he further explained. “Niagara Falls is already an iconic destination. Our vision for this project will let visitors enjoy the Falls experience in exactly the type of breathtaking hospitality venue that one of Canada’s foremost natural wonders deserves.” 

Those interested in learning more about the Toronto Power Generating Station and the restoration/redevelopment project can do so on the Niagara Parks’ website.

Editor’s Note: This article was updated on November 28 to include comments from David Adames, Chief Executive Officer at The Niagara Parks Commission

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