There we were, standing at the historic 100-year-old powerhouse, a testament to a century of hydroelectric power. Built in 1912, this dam was initially constructed to harness the raw power of Stave Lake, transforming it into a vital source of energy. Its primary purpose was clear: to generate hydroelectric power.
Over time, the demand for energy grew, and so did the capacity of Stave Lake. In 1925, the dam underwent a significant upgrade – it was raised to hold more water, increasing its power-generating capabilities. Not far from there, about 500 meters to the north, the Blind Slough Dam came into existence, right in an adjacent watercourse. This site was famously known as the Stave Falls, lending its name to the entire area.
As the years rolled on, the powerhouse stood as a beacon of progress. However, by the year 2000, it was evident that an upgrade was overdue. The dam's powerhouse underwent a substantial four-year modernization process, replacing the old with the new, ensuring that it continued to meet the ever-growing energy needs.
Before this transformation, the original Stave Falls powerhouse had a remarkable history. It was not just any facility; it was once the largest source of hydroelectric power in all of British Columbia. Today, it stands proudly as a National Historic Site of Canada, a reminder of the past, a bridge to the present, and a symbol of our journey towards sustainable energy.