Saturday, June 14, 2008

W.A.C.Bennett, Peace Canyon Dams and Dinosaur Lake

W.A.C. Bennett Dam on the Peace River at Hudson's Hope, B.C., Canada

Hudson’s Hope is famous for the dams and we definitely had to visit them while we were there. They are very impressive, especially the W.A.C. Bennett dam, (pictured above), on the banks of the Peace River, 22km (13 mi) from Hudson’s Hope. It is one of the world’s largest earthen dams. B.C. Hydro’s dam also created Williston Lake, one of North American’s largest man made lakes. If you have the opportunity, take in the tour for the dam.

                  Dinosaur Lake at Peace Canyon Dam at Hudson's Hope, B.C., Canada

The Peace Canyon Dam came later, it is 23 km(14 mi) downstream from G.M. Shrum Generating Station. This dam created another man made lake called Dinosaur Lake, which was aptly named after various fossils dating back to dinosaur age were found during excavation for the dam. Hudson’s Hope was later found to have contained a very large selection of dinosaurs dating back millions of years. There is a campground on Dinosaur Lake, 7km (4.5mi) south of Hudson’s Hope on Hwy 29. The picnic area has 50 sites for camping and also has a boat launch for boating, swimming and fishing.

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