W.A.C. Bennett Dam Visitor Centre

W.A.C. Bennett Dam Visitor Centre closed due to COVID-19

Public safety is our top priority at BC Hydro. The Visitor Centres will remain closed for the time being as we carefully review plans to re-open each unique centre while ensuring we can adhere to Provincial Health guidelines and prioritize the health and safety of visitors, contractors and employees. Each location has its own unique reopening challenges - considering the interactive, hands-on elements; supporting physical distancing for visitors; and conducting guided tours. We are continually reassessing and are working on our plans. Thank you for your understanding and patience.

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.

To enjoy the spectacular view we welcome you to our Visitor Centre. It offers fun and educational exhibits that showcase dam construction, wildlife in the area, how we turn water into electricity, and a First Nations Gallery.

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

The Visitor Centre

  • Adult visitors need to provide valid photo ID at the security checkpoint prior to arriving at our Visitor Centre.
  • Our Visitor Centre is fully wheelchair accessible however our guided tours are not.
  • We have a great gift shop and a cafĂ© onsite where you can purchase lunch and a variety of refreshments.
  • 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 in a variety of languages.
  • Bags and purses aren't permitted on tour.
Guided tour schedule
10:30 a.m. 11:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m. 1:30 p.m. 2:30 p.m. 3:30 p.m.

Guests must arrive 15 minutes prior to the scheduled tour times.

This is our regular schedule but as we're a working dam and powerhouse, unforeseen issues may arise that require us to cancel tours.

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 bennett@bchydro.com 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 and the West Viewing Platform 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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