Revelstoke Dam tour takes visitors to spectacular heights
REVELSTOKE – The visitor centre for BC Hydro’s Revelstoke dam is open for the summer season. The public can get tours of the second largest producer of electricity in the province.
And in support of National Electricity Month, BC Hydro will offer two-for-one admission every weekend (Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays) in June for all visitor centres across our system. Admission to the Peace Canyon Visitor Centre is always free.
The Revelstoke Visitor Centre provides information on hydroelectric generation and on the history of the dam and generating station. Visitors can access a walkway at the top of the powerhouse to get a closer look at the dam.
There's also an elevator that can transport guests 35 storeys up to a lookout point above the 175-metre-high dam.
The visitor centre was redesigned in 2009 and now features a First Nations gallery. The Shuswap Nation Tribal Council, the Okanagan Nation Alliance and the Ktunaxa Nation helped shape the gallery's design and determined which artifacts and artwork would be included in the displays.
The Revelstoke dam and generating station was completed in 1984, and has an installed capacity of 2,570 megawatts, which makes it the second largest power generating facility in British Columbia, after the WAC Bennett Dam in Hudson’s Hope.
The facility was originally designed as a six-unit facility but only four units were built. In 2010, BC Hydro completed the installation of a new, fifth generating unit, which added about 500 megawatts of capacity.
The visitor centre at Revelstoke is one of four BC Hydro visitor centres in the province and will remain open until September 2.