W.A.C. Bennett Dam

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O V E R V I E W
Facility:W.A.C. Bennett Dam
Description:The W.A.C. Bennett Dam was completed in 1968 and is 1.25 miles long, 600 feet high, half a mile thick at the base and 30 feet thick at the top. It is one of the world's largest earth-fill structures and has the capacity to produce 2,725,000 kilowatts of power. A bus tour takes you 500 feet underground and the visitor centre at the top provides displays and experiments on electricity.
A D D R E S S
Address 1:22098 Canyon Drive
Address 2:
City:Hudson's Hope
State/Province:BC
Zip Code:V0C 1V0
V I S I T I N G   I N F O
Hours:See website
Admission:Adults: $6 plus tax
Seniors and youth (6 to 17): $5 plus tax
Families (2 adults + 2 youth): $15 plus tax
Children 5 and under: free
Telephone:(250) 783-5048
Website:Visit Website
R E V I E W S
Katie Kornelsen, Co-op Member
I have lived in this area for nearly nine years and finally went with my family to the W.A.C. Bennett Dam. My husband went when he was younger but hadn't been in quite some time. We have five kids, ranging in age from seven down to four months and all four of the older kids had lots of fun (yes, even the two year old). There were obviously lots of facts that went over their heads, but the electricity experiments in particular were very exciting for our seven, five and four year olds. We watched a video on the making of the dam, one that was released just after it was made, which was probably more interesting for us than the kids, but would undoubtedly interest older students. The bus tour was pretty neat, too, and we saw some beautiful scenery in addition to the workings of the dam. We even saw a river otter in the area where the water leaves the dam! Definitely a fun family trip or field trip, but if you take very young kids, make sure you have a few adults to hold little hands.
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