W.A.C. Bennett Dam Visitor Centre

Interior of Bennett Dam Visitor Centre

Take a tour and enjoy our new visitor centre experience

The W.A.C. Bennett Dam Visitor Centre is now closed for the 2018 season. We will re-open next year on Saturday, May 18 to welcome visitors to the dam. We look forward to seeing you soon.

From the Visitor Centre, you'll get a wonderful view of the Williston Reservoir, the largest reservoir in the province. The reservoir is held back by one of the world's largest earth-fill structures, our W.A.C. Bennett Dam.

New visitor centre and café

If you haven't been here for a few years, you'll notice a big change. We've created a new visitor centre that offer a wider range of exhbits around dam construction, wildlife in the area, how we turn water into electricity, and a First Nations Gallery.

We also have a brand new café, where our guests can enjoy lunch or a snack and a gift shop, where you can get a souvenir to remember your trip to the W.A.C. Bennett Dam.

Looking to get the full BC Hydro northern experience? Be sure to stop by the Peace Canyon Dam and take in the view from a beautiful new viewing deck which is located 30 km south of the W.A.C. Bennett Dam.

Learn more about the visitor centre

Where it is, admission & tours information

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 up to the Williston Reservoir. View the map below to get an idea of the location of the W.A.C. Bennett Dam Visitor Centre, or use this Google Map link for specific directions.

The W.A.C. Bennett Dam Visitor Centre is open for the 2018 season from Saturday, May 19 to Monday, September 3, 2018.

The centre is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Please note, adult visitors will need to supply valid photo ID to cross a security checkpoint prior to arriving at our Visitor Centre.

Guided tours info

We offer guided underground bus tours. If you're part of a larger group, contact us in advance  at 250 783 5048 or email bennett@bchydro.com to book your tour.  

Our bus tours are scheduled to run every hour on the half hour, but you must get there at least 15 minutes in advance. They leave at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Please note that this is our regular schedule but because we're a working dam and powerhouse, unforeseen issues may arise that force us to cancel tours.

We offer audio tour rentals in many languages. Our Visitor Centre is also fully wheelchair accessible and we have a great gift shop where our guests can take home a souvenir from their trip.

The visitor centres welcome licensed service dogs. All other pets are not allowed.

Admission fees

  • Adults – $6
  • Seniors and youth (6-17 years) – $5
  • Children 5 and under – Free
  • Family group rate (Any four family members; must include at least one child/youth) – $15
  • Audio tour rental – $4

Season passes

  • Adults – $7
  • Youth and seniors – $6

To plan your visit, schedule a tour or for more information please call 250 783 5048 or email bennett@bchydro.com. We're looking forward to your visit soon.

Bennett Dam and Williston Reservoir