PINAWA DAM PROVINCIAL PARK

Don’t let the name fool you, this Lac du Bonnet treasure is the perfect way to spend an afternoon, no matter the season. Constructed between 1903 and 1906, the Pinawa Generating Station was the first hydroelectric plant on the Winnipeg River and the second in Manitoba. Decommissioned in 1951, when the last generator was removed, the Pinawa Generating Station is now the centrepiece of the provincial park.

Over the years, nature has reclaimed this massive, 43-feet-high structure, as trees and grass grow on and around what remains. Visitors can walk around, and in some places, directly on the old dam for some of the most breath-taking views in the region.

The park covers 62 acres and includes walking trails, interpretive signs that detail the area’s history, picnic area, and a small amphitheatre.
In the summer months, the park is a popular destination for families who tube down the rushing rapids above the dam, picnic along the shoreline, walk the trails through the forest, where wildlife is often seen, or paddle the waters below the dam.

In the winter months, families gather for hiking the trails and snowshoeing through the park taking in the spectacular sights and wildlife that can only be found in the silence of winter.