Toronto Tuesday 01.14

Volume 1, Edition 14

Toronto Tuesday‘ is a weekly photo feature about random stuff (landmarks, people, culture, seasons, etc.) in the city.

Biggest windmill in North America

About a week ago, we went on a one day cycling trip to some bike trails east of Toronto – Ajax, Pickering area. On our way back, we biked along the (Lake Ontario) waterfront next to the Pickering Nuclear Power Generation Station. The trail took a silent turn as we heard some big mechanical noises. Suddenly stood before us this humongous wind turbine, gently humming in the wind.

Wind Turbine

It looks like a harmless domestic fan in the above picture. I was standing almost directly under it and as the blade rotated downwards, it looked very scary. I don’t know what would happen if one of these blades falls. There was a wind storm in Toronto few days back, but I’m guessing that these turbines auto lock if the wind exceeds certain speed.

Information board: North America’s Largest Windturbine

The turbine stands 117 meters (384 feet) tall, with the tower being 78 m high, and blades being 39-meter (128-foot) long. The turbine produces 1.8 MW power. The windmill is made in Denkmark and was installed here (Pickering, East of Toronto) in 2001.

Windmill and the Nuclear Power Station

The waterfront bike trail spirals around the Nuclear Power plant and the windmill and is very beautiful. However, I could not take pictures of the nuclear power installation. Unfortunately my camera ran out of battery power at this point. How strangely ironical. 🙂

Toronto Tuesday‘ is a weekly photo feature about random stuff (landmarks, people, culture, seasons, etc.) in the city.