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Hudson's Hope, Attractions
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Near the town of Hudson's Hope, the W.A.C. Bennett Dam is one of the largest hydro-electric dams in the world. Incredibly, it's constructed from earth!
Known as an "earth-fill" dam, this type of dam is composed of an embankment of highly compacted earth.
This embankment is HUGE! It's more than 180 metres high and 2 kilmetres wide, harnessing the turbulent waters of the Peace River.
The creation of the W.A.C. Bennett Dam resulted in one of the world's largest man-made lakes, Williston Lake.
Touring the dam is an amazing adventure! Visitors are bussed underground to the massive generating station located 150 metres below ground. Tour guides provide historical, scientific and technical tidbits to help visitors understand the inner workings of this fascinating structure.
Take a few minutes after the tour to drive the 2km ridge of the dam and REALLY understand just how big it is!