Get the inside look at a BC Hydro visitor centre this summer
Visitor centres offer unique look inside B.C.'s hydroelectric system
The largest reservoir in the province, turbines the same weight as four humpback whales, lookouts more than 170 metres high, British Columbia’s hydroelectric system is home to pretty incredible stuff. Come see for yourself firsthand. Starting this Victoria Day weekend, our visitor centres at Stave Falls, Revelstoke Dam, W.A.C Bennett Dam, and Peace Canyon Dam are now open 7 days a week. With activities for families and visitors of all ages, interactive exhibits and incredible views, you’ll want to put visiting a centre on your summer to-do list.
2-for-1 special offers available this summer
To celebrate the opening season of our visitor centres, check out the limited-time admission offers to our Visitor Centres.
Get a coupon for a special 2-for-1 admission discount:
Revelstoke: Look out from 175 metres up
Located just five kilometres north of Revelstoke, the Revelstoke Dam Visitor Centre was fully renovated in 2009 and offers a unique experience that gives visitors the chance to see hydroelectric production, B.C. history and enjoy a beautiful setting. Interactive displays and a First Nations gallery can be found inside, but the real highlight is on the self-guided tour: you can take an elevator to the top of the concrete dam, 175 metres high.
Heading north? Stop in at B.C.'s largest reservoir
The W.A.C. Bennett Dam sits on the edge of Williston Lake, the largest reservoir in B.C. At over 1,700 square kilometres, it's also among the largest hydroelectric reservoirs in the world. If you're near Hudson's Hope this summer, don't miss a chance to see it for yourself.
Our visitor centre offers guided tours of the dam and powerhouse, displays and exhibits. You can learn about the GM Shrum Generating Station, which together with the Peace Canyon Generating Station, produces about 29 per cent of BC Hydro's electricity needs.
And just five kilometres southwest of Hudson's Hope, you can check out the Peace Canyon Dam Visitor Centre. Close to beautiful recreational facilities, the Peace Canyon Visitor Centre features exhibits on natural history and the building of the Peace Canyon project. Take a self-guided tour of the centre and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.
- Admission, hours and directions to W.A.C. Bennett Dam Visitor Centre
- Directions and admission info for the Peace Canyon Visitor Centre
History comes alive at Stave Falls Visitor Centre
More than 100 years ago, the Stave Falls Dam and Powerhouse helped to power the Lower Mainland. Today, it's home to the Stave Falls Visitor Centre, which is already open for the season. Located in Mission in the beautiful Fraser Valley, Stave Falls takes you back in time with games, exhibits, and interactive displays.
You can take a self-guided tour, learn about hydroelectric history in the theatre, and check out historic artefacts like turbines and generators from 1912. With recreation areas nearby, it's a great spot to spend the day enjoying the sun and scenery of the Fraser Valley.