In this activity, students get a 360-degree look at the Stave Falls Dam and Powerhouse. Students also work in groups to sketch each scene they explore.
5. Switch Yard
6. Power Lines
The Powerhouse at Stave Falls was an important electrical energy source for B.C. in the 1900s. It is a National Historic Site of Canada where the machinery is still in place along with archival photos, artifacts and interactive displays.
In the early 1900s, people began to think about transforming the energy of the rushing river into electricity. Construction of a dam at Stave Falls began in 1909, and electricity began flowing from the site to New Westminster and Vancouver in 1912.
In 1999, a new powerhouse was completed nearby, and the old powerhouse closed in 2000 after supplying energy for over 80 years. It soon re-opened as a visitor centre.