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W.A.C. Bennett Dam Visitor Centre

The W.A.C. Bennett Dam Visitor Centre is currently closed and will open on May 20, 2023.

Interior of Bennett Dam Visitor Centre

The W.A.C. Bennett Dam is one of the world's largest earth-fill structures. It holds back the Williston Reservoir, which is so large that it can be seen from space.

Enjoy the spectacular view from our Visitor Centre. It offers fun and educational exhibits that showcase dam construction, wildlife in the area, how we turn water into clean electricity, and more. It also has the "Our Story, Our Voice" First Nations Gallery and exterior exhibits you can enjoy walking through.

Included in your admission is an optional guided tour experience that gives you a unique perspective of the dam.

The W.A.C. Bennett Dam is located on the traditional territory of Treaty 8 First Nations.

The Visitor Centre

Season: Open May 20 – September 4, 2023

Days: 7 days a week, including weekends and holidays

Hours: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. each day

Operational hours are subject to change without notice.

  • Our Visitor Centre is fully wheelchair accessible however our guided bus tours are not.
  • We have a great gift shop onsite where you can purchase souvenirs and some snacks and drinks.
  • We welcome licensed service dogs only. Other animals are not permitted.
  • There are a limited number of free lockers available to store bags and purses during tours.
  • Free parking is available for cars, RVs and buses.

Tour information

  • We offer guided and self-guided tours.
  • We welcome drop in visitors and pre-booked tours.
  • Groups larger than 10 people (including school field trips and community groups) must pre-book their tours.
  • Audio tours are available for rent in a variety of languages.
  • Bags and purses are not permitted on tour.
  • Guided tours could be bus tours that drive across the dam or guided walking tours of our outdoor exhibit areas, depending on what we can offer that day.
  • Guided tours are scheduled at the following times each day and we suggest you arrive at least 15 minutes before your desired tour time:
    • 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm and 3:30pm
  • As a working powerhouse and dam, tour options may change without notice.

Admission fees

Adults (18 - 54 years) $8
Seniors (55+) $7
Youth (6 - 17 years) $7
Children (5 and under) Free
Season pass add-on $1
Audio tour rental $4
School (K - 12) Request a tour
Groups larger than 10 people
Request a tour

Admission prices include all applicable taxes.

How to contact us

Call us at 250 783 5048 or email if you need more information.

How to get to our Visitor Centre

Located in the northeast of British Columbia, the W.A.C. Bennett Visitor Centre is near the town of Hudson's Hope, which is about a 1.5-hour drive from Fort St. John. From Highway 29 take Canyon Drive 21 km West to the Williston Reservoir.

For directions to our Visitor Centre visit Google Maps.

There are many other viewpoints nearby like the Peace Canyon Dam Viewing Deck that you can visit while you're in the area.

Take a sneak peek

Explore our centre through photos and read about what others have to say about their visits. Hopefully we'll see you here in person soon.

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