|Payment |||Interac, MasterCard, American Express, Visa, Cash|
|Getting There |||Stave Falls|
|Cross Street |||Burma St.|
|Season: March - October, Daily 10AM - 5PM|
Profile Last Updated: May 15, 2009
The Stave Falls Visitor Centre sits on the Maple Ridge border and is the site of the original Stave Falls powerhouse that first produced power in 1912. Today, it’s a designated National Heritage Site that highlights the history of power electricity in the province. Back then, who would have known the opportunities that electricity would give us in the future? Stave Falls was the cornerstone of B.C. Hydro’s operations as it grew throughout the province.
Spark Your Imagination
The entire powerhouse has been transformed into an educational centre for visitors of all ages. There are interactive games and displays that help you learn how electricity is made. Come see a turbine up close or conduct your own solar energy experiments at the “Alternative Energy” area. There’s an easy self-guided tour that will lead you through nearly a decade of hydroelectric history. Got a question? Knowledgeable staff are ready to answer your most inquisitive questions. Sit down at the 50-seat theatre and truly be transported to the past through sound and film. Here, you can watch “Rain,” a quick movie that details the electricity as it grew in the early 1900s.
Come One, Come All
Stave Falls’ hands-on approach is perfect for kids and families. There are excellent rates for children and groups. There’s even a teacher’s educational package that helps prepare students before a class trip to the powerhouse. The sights and sounds are so exciting that they’ll forget they’re learning. Tours are even available during the off-season, through appointment. The facility can also be rented.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Tip: Location is Pet Friendly