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  • Jennifer Dowd

Exploring Stave Falls Hydro Dam with Family – June 17, 2023

When it comes to planning family outings, finding the perfect destination that offers both excitement and education can be a challenge. However, nestled in the picturesque region of Mission, British Columbia lies a hidden gem that guarantees an unforgettable experience for all ages – the Stave Falls Hydro Dam. This marvel of engineering not only provides sustainable hydroelectric power but also offers an immersive journey into the world of renewable energy. Recently, I had the pleasure of exploring this remarkable site with my cousins and their kids, and it proved to be an enriching and entertaining day for the entire family.


Located in the heart of the lush Stave Valley, the Stave Falls Hydro Dam stands as a testament to the power of nature and human ingenuity working in harmony. As we approached the dam, the magnificent structure commanded our attention. Towering above us, the dam exuded strength and solidity, while the pristine waters of Stave Lake added a touch of serenity to the surroundings.

Upon entering the Stave Falls Visitor Centre, we embarked on a captivating journey through time. The center houses an informative museum that narrates the fascinating history of hydroelectric power in British Columbia and showcases the evolution of electricity generation. Through interactive exhibits, we learned about the transformational impact of this sustainable energy source on communities and the environment.


The highlight of our visit was undoubtedly the interactive exhibits that engaged both adults and children alike. From learning about the process of generating electricity to witnessing the inner workings of a hydro turbine, the hands-on activities allowed us to grasp the complexities of harnessing power from flowing water. We were particularly enthralled by the hydroelectric generator simulator, where we took on the role of power engineers, adjusting various factors to optimize energy production.

Beyond the educational aspects, Stave Falls Hydro Dam also offers ample opportunities for outdoor exploration. We took advantage of the surrounding trails and picnic areas to enjoy a leisurely walk amidst the scenic beauty of the area. The kids were thrilled to run around and soak up the fresh air, while we adults basked in the tranquility of nature. With stunning views of the lake and mountains, it was the perfect spot to unwind and create lasting memories.


Our time spent at Stave Falls Hydro Dam in Mission, British Columbia proved to be an absolute delight for the entire family. From the awe-inspiring structure of the dam to the interactive exhibits and informative museum, the experience catered to both entertainment and education. The behind-the-scenes tour provided a deeper understanding of the complex workings of hydroelectric power, while the surrounding trails and picnic areas allowed us to enjoy the natural beauty of the area. If you're seeking a family-friendly destination that combines adventure and learning, a visit to Stave Falls Hydro Dam is an experience you won't want to miss.

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