Please note: This event posting is for one out of two tours of Innergex hydroelectric facilities. There is also a morning tour of the Fitzsimmons Creek run-of-river facility from 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM. If you would like to register for this tour, please visit the event page.
The first Canadian hydro plant opened in 1885 at Montmorency, Quebec. Over the years, advances in civil, mechanical, and electrical engineering have made Canada a world expert in the field. Hydroelectric energy is obtained by using a turbine to convert the kinetic energy of a river or waterfall into mechanical energy, and then an alternator to transform it into electrical energy.
A generating station with reservoir uses a dam to create an artificial lake. Water is collected seasonally and used to meet sudden, significant, and ongoing demands for electricity. A run-of-river (ROR) generating station has no reservoir but offers the advantage of producing electricity with a much smaller environmental footprint.
Hydro power plants produce minimal greenhouse gases and are a source of clean, non-polluting energy. The evaporation/condensation cycle also makes hydro energy renewable. The above qualities pertain particularly to run-of-river plants, which produce energy from the natural water flow, which means that the impact on the landscape, ecosystem and neighbouring communities is considerably reduced. It also costs much less to produce electricity at a run-of-river plant. Such properties make run-of-river hydroelectricity a sensible choice, for economic, social and environmental reasons.
About The Ashlu Creek Run-of-River Power Generating Plant
The Ashlu Creek run-of-river hydroelectric power generating plant is located approximately 35 kilometres northwest of Squamish, British Columbia, on Ashlu Creek, a tributary of the Squamish River. Its nameplate capacity is 49.9MW, and its estimated annual energy output is 265,000 MWh. More info >
Event sponsored and hosted by Innergex Renewable Energy
- Please bring walking/hiking shoes/boots and layered clothing.
Afternoon Tour Schedule
12:15 PM: Meet up at the Squamish Adventure Centre Parking Lot (38551 Loggers Ln, Squamish, BC)
12:30 PM: Travel to Ashlu
1:30 PM: Ashlu tour, two groups (first at the intake, second at the powerhouse)
2:30 PM: Groups swap locations
3:30 PM: Finished tour
5:30 PM: Approximate Return time in Vancouver
Due to limited parking, we will be carpooling to the tour site from the Squamish Adventure Centre. Further information will be organized at the meet up location tomorrow.
- Guest/Non-member registration: If you are not a member of APEGBC, you can register online by quickly creating a 'non-member' account. After clicking on the 'Register' link, you will be brought to a login screen. Towards the bottom, there is a ‘Create new account’ link. Click this link and follow the prompts to create your account and then you will be able to register online with this new account. Thank you and we look forward to having you join us.
- Photography Disclaimer: APEGBC will take photographs at this event and may use those in APEGBC news or promotional material in print, electronic, or other media, including the APEGBC website. By attending this event, you grant APEGBC the right to use your name and photograph for such purposes. Should you wish to avoid being photographed, please notify an event volunteer at the onsite event registration desk.