“Pinawa Dam Provincial Heritage Park
Located on the Winnipeg River, Pinawa Dam was Manitoba’s first hydro-electric generating station. Pinawa Dam was developed in response to the demand for residential and commercial power and was crucial to the rapid growth of Winnipeg in the pre-war years. The station began delivering power in 1906 and was closed in 1951 to allow the full flow of the Winnipeg River to serve the Seven Sisters Hydro Station built downstream.
Pinawa Dam can be found northwest of Pinawa or northeast of Lac du Bonnet on PR 520. From Winnipeg, follow PTH 59 north to PTH 44, east to PTH 11, north to PR 211, east to PR 520 and north 8.0 km/ 4.9mi. to the park. Distance: 97 km/60.1 mi.”
“Welcome to Old Pinawa. Come and explore the original town on the Old Pinawa Self-guiding
Trail. The townsite tour trail is 0.7 km long and should take you about an hour to walk.
As you walk, refer to this pamphlet to find out what once existed at each of the granite trail markers.
Discover the history of this isolated little company town that was self-sufficient and had great community spirit.
This was a pioneering town, but of a different sort. The people of Old Pinawa were pioneers of
hydroelectricity. The residents constructed and operated the first hydroelectric plant of its kind. The
power they provided enabled Winnipeg to grow from a prairie town to an industrial centre.”
Lets make some Manitoba Gin from Manitoba Juniper Berries.
We could call it “Old Pinawa” Gin!