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Monday, June 3, 2019

Bruce Power Bus Tours Starting Earlier This Year

Tiverton | by Claire McCormack  

Bruce Power is starting bus tours in June and offering new stops on the tour.

Bruce Power's Summer Bus Tour program is launching a month earlier this year, on June 3rd.

The free, roughly one-hour tours will be offered all summer, through to August 31st.

Community and Indigenous Relations Manager, Chris Mercanti says more than 5,000 visitors toured the Bruce Power site in the summer of 2018.

He expects interest in the world's largest operating nuclear facility to be just as strong this summer.

"We expect it to be busy. We get a lot of international visitors, people from across Canada and North America as well as local people and we're hoping for bigger and better things this year."

The tour begins at the Bruce Power Visitors' Centre with a short film in the air-conditioned theatre. Mercanti says six local post-secondary students are brought in to narrate the tours.

After a security check of each person's government-issued photo ID (for individuals over the age of 18), visitors board a bus for a tour of the 2,300-acre site.

There's a new stop on the tour this year at the site's fire training facility. "We'll be pulling right up to that and it will give people a chance to see where we train our firefighters," says Mercanti, noting area volunteer firefighters have visited to train as well.

For the month of June, Bruce Power will operate one daily narrated tour Monday-Friday, starting at 1 p.m.

In July and August, there will be three daily tours, seven days a week starting at 11 a.m. and 1 and 2 p.m., with the exception of the statutory holidays on July 1 and Aug. 5.

Mercanti says pre-registration is strongly recommended as space is limited.

You can register by calling the Visitors' Centre at 519-361-7777. You can also reserve up to 10 spaces for friends and family at www.brucepower.com/bustours.

Bruce Power is also supporting a day of tours for the Tiverton Old Boys and Girls Reunion. Tours will be offered on Saturday, June 29, at 11 a.m., and 1 and 2 p.m.

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