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Safely make a splash this summer at BC Hydro recreation areas

VANCOUVER – Enjoying lakes and rivers is a great way to beat the heat, but water activities can be risky. That’s why BC Hydro is reminding the public how to safely make a splash this summer at BC Hydro recreation areas.

BC Hydro operates 19 recreation areas across the province, including Buntzen Lake and Hayward Lake, where over 1.6 million visitors come to boat, fish, and swim each year.

While BC Hydro encourages fun in the sun and water, it’s reminding the public to exercise caution using lakes, rivers and reservoirs near its generating facilities as water levels and flows change quickly. For personal safety, avoid designated danger zones around reservoirs and obey posted signs.

BC Hydro also advises following these tips to stay safe:

  • Never leave children unsupervised while they are in or near the water. Children and non-swimmers should wear a personal flotation device.
  • Watch for changes in the weather and check the forecast before starting out on the water.
  • Provide an approved personal floatation device for everyone in a boat or canoe, even an inflatable model.
  • Be aware that water levels and flows may change suddenly. Sirens and strobe lights may be used to alert that water levels will soon be changing.
  • Keep outside of safety booms and buoys, and away from all dam structures.
  • Watch for floating debris and hazards concealed under the surface of the water.

To learn more about how to be safe around water, visit: For a full list of BC Hydro recreation areas and activities, visit:

BC Hydro Media Relations
p. 604 928 6468