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Join us to celebrate a century at Stave Falls

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100 years ago, the Stave Falls Dam and Powerhouse delivered power to the Lower Mainland. That first powerhouse is a piece of B.C.'s history that you can visit for yourself.

And on Saturday, August 11, we invite you to join us to celebrate its 100th anniversary.

Stave Falls: 100 years of hydroelectric power

The original Stave Falls Dam and Powerhouse were completed in 1911, with the first power from the facility delivered to the Lower Mainland on January 1, 1912.

The original Stave Falls Dam and Powerhouse supplied power for almost 90 years. By the late 1990s, it had become inefficient and difficult to maintain, and construction of a new power plant began in 1995, including new intake tunnels, a switchyard, and a new powerhouse. Marking its 100th anniversary this year, the original Stave Falls Powerhouse (now the Stave Falls Visitor Centre) is a National Historic Site.

The new powerhouse can produce enough electricity to power more than 36,000 B.C. homes. Not only is it more powerful, but also more efficient, generating nearly twice as much energy with the same amount of water, and with only two generators instead of five.

Come celebrate with us

The Stave Falls 100th Anniversary celebration promises to be a fun, family-friendly event. Admission is free, so join us at the Stave Falls Visitor Centre in Mission to enjoy some free birthday cake, tour the Powerhouse, hear from BC Hydro's own Power Pioneers and visit our community team.

In lieu of admission we're collecting donations and non-perishable food items for the Mission Food Bank.

Event details:

  • Saturday, August 11 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Stave Falls Visitor Centre, 31338 Dewdney Trunk Road, Mission, B.C.
  • Free admission and birthday cake
  • Rain or shine
  • Family activities including face painting, crafts, carnival games and more

Don't miss this opportunity to celebrate 100 years at Stave Falls — we hope to see you there.

History comes alive at Stave Falls Visitor Centre

When you visit us at Stave Falls, you have the chance to see some of B.C.'s history up close and personal. The centre features interactive games, archival photos and displays. You'll even see turbines and generators, part of this first-hand look at hydroelectric generation.