This switchboard controlled all electrical systems for the canal. It incorporated all the latest technologies: meters and breakers were set in front of slate panels, and dangerous wires were hidden to improve safety. To enhance the beauty of the switchboard, the panels were framed in heavily ornate oak.
This Canadian innovation had benefits for the US as well as for our customers for western Canadian products, particularly wheat, and made the Canadian Prairies the "Bread Basket to the World". Although the commercial operation ceased in 1987, the channel is still open for recreational use.