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Ruskin Powerhouse Slope Repair Project

Ruskin Dam

Area notices

Closure of picnic site and parking area

Starting October 23, 2023, the Ruskin Dam picnic site and parking area will be closed to the public, in advance of construction starting on this project.

What we're doing

We need to fix two small sinkholes that have formed in the slope behind Ruskin Dam's powerhouse.

Why we're doing it

We believe increased seepage of rainwater from weather events over the past couple of years may have caused the sinkholes to form. While there are no immediate public safety concerns and the facility is not at risk, it's important for us to be proactive and make necessary repairs.


Construction will begin in late October 2023 and is targeted to continue until November 2024. Construction will be limited to the site of the sinkholes and is expected to take place Monday to Friday during the daytime. Some weekend work (also during daytime hours) may be required to meet our project timelines. No overnight work is expected at this time.

Minimizing community impacts

We don't anticipate any outages to nearby customers related to this work. Ruskin Dam will continue to provide clean power to our power system while we make repairs. Traffic impacts on Hayward Street are expected to be minimal. There may be short, occasional traffic delays as equipment is brought into the work site. We'll use traffic control and signage to ensure the safety of the public and our crews.

Ruskin Picnic Area closure

The site was closed to the public in late March, in preparation for work to begin on this project in April. Construction was delayed and is now scheduled to start in late October. The Ruskin picnic site and parking area will be closed to the public as of October 23, 2023.

The area will be an active construction site throughout the repair and will be needed for equipment, construction materials, and crews.

  • The closure may last up to a year as we work to safely repair the sinkholes.
  • Nearby trails remain open and accessible.
  • Hayward Lake and Stave Lake recreation areas remain open.

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we make repairs to ensure that the Ruskin Dam will continue to be able to generate safe, clean electricity for decades to come.


Phone: 604 623 4472
Toll free: 1 866 647 3334