It seems like I visit this place once a year. The scenery is beautiful up there with numerous hiking trails around the windmill park. Each time I went, I discovered something new.
Bear Mountain Wind Park
Bear Mountain Wind Park is British Columbia’s first commercial wind facility. It was constructed and is owned by AltaGas Ltd., one of Canada’s largest and fastest growing energy infrastructure organizations. Bear Mountain Wind Park was started by Peace Energy – A Renewable Energy Cooperative, in partnership with Aeolis Wind Power.
It took just under two years to build Bear Mountain Wind Park. It was officially commissioned in October 2009 and will operate for a minimum of 25 years.
The 34 turbines were manufactured in Germany by Enercon. Among the largest in the world today, each 3 million watt turbine produces enough energy to power 1000 homes. The steel towers were made in Saskatchewan, and are 78 meters (256 feet) tall and weigh 214 tonnes (236 tons) each. Each blade weighs 7 tonnes (7.7 tons) and is 41 meters (135 feet) in length for a full rotor diameter of 82 meters (270 feet).
The wind quality in the BC Peace Region is among the best found anywhere and is estimated to be sufficient to power more than 3.5 million homes.
Wind has the lowest carbon footprint and lowest overall environmental impact of any energy source and it produces no pollution during operation.
Wind Power facilities easily co-exist with other land uses such as farming, ranching, and recreation.
Map & Direction: Dawson Creek Wind Farm
The windmill is located on the southwest of Dawson Creek along 233 Road. Travel on Highway 97 and turn south at any point to get to 233 Road. Exact location of this windmill is indicated by Red Pin on the following map (click EXTERNAL LINK below to view map).