February 21, 2010 | Tips from Travellers >
Dawson Creek, Attractions
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Ask anyone who lives in the Mighty Peace River Country and you'll hear that we've always had plenty of wind. We decided to do something worthy with all that power...
The next time you are driving into Dawson Creek on the Hart Highway, from Prince George, Vancouver and all points south, you'll know you are getting really close when you see our Bear Mountain with its 34 brand new wind turbines... turning... turning...
producing clean, renewable energy. You can't miss them!
Our city has watched the installation with fascination and amazement. The turbines are very impressive to say the least. They stand like bright sentinels on our ridge and you can see them from practically everywhere around.
Each one stands 78 meters (256 feet) to the hub with a rotor diameter of 82 meters (269 feet). The equivalent of 50 loads of concrete was poured for each foundation.
The land they sit on has been used for hikers, cross country skiers and other recreational users for years as well as providing both private and community cattle grazing as well.
Great care was taken to respect the environment and leave as little impact as possible. Cattle still graze there, and restoration of the habitat is ongoing and the public is very welcome to visit.
Make sure you plan a picnic on Bear Mountain... feel the wind on your face and enjoy the presence of our wind towers."Rolling out the red carpet..."