Historic & Heritage Sites
Heritage buildings (Picture BC photo)
Visit the W.A.C. Bennett Dam and the Peace Canyon Dam located on the Peace River near Hudson's Hope.
Building the W.A.C. Bennett Dam began in 1962 and was completed six years later in 1968. It was named for William Andrew Cecil Bennett, who was the Premier of British Columbia from 1952 to 1972. The dam is 21km/13mi west of Hudson's Hope along Canyon Drive and is well marked by signs.
The Peace Canyon Dam (5km/16mi southwest of Hudson's Hope on Hwy 29) is farther downstream. Turn right and drive 1.5km/4.9mi further to the dam's visitor centre. Built over six years, Peace Canyon Dam was completed in 1980.
W.A.C. Bennett Dam
Hourly underground tours of the dam are offered roughly between May and September for a small fee. Tours include a bus ride down to the base of the dam, and a walk through the facility including the turbines where water rushes through.