Pinawa Dam

Pinawa Dam

In Photography, Travel by Bob Wild2 Comments

Pinawa Dam

Who Said
“I grew up on the edge of a national park in Canada – timber wolves, creeks, snow drifts. I really did have to walk home six miles through the snow, like your grandparents used to complain.”
Dan Aykroyd

Pinawa Dam Manitoba

Pinawa Dam Manitoba

Pinawa Dam Provincial Park is located, where else, just outside of Pinawa Manitoba. Don’t know where Pinawa Manitoba is? Understandable, the population is about 1000. Okay, enough of the kidding around. The park is approximately 1.5 hours drive northeast of Winnipeg. Now that you know where it is, you have to go! It’s one of those magical photographic places, where you can not take a bad picture. Yup, I honestly believe you would have to work hard to take bad pictures.

The park is an old hydro-electric dam, that was built in early 1900. It was crucial to the rapid growth of Winnipeg Manitoba and continued to supply the city with power until 1951. Here is where the story gets good. I have read two different versions of its destruction, first the dam was dismantled by the Canadian Army using artillery, the second reference’s the Army using explosives. Not sure which is true, but it really does not matter. It’s a cool place to take pictures. Honestly, the best way to describe what’s left is “A Roman Coliseum.”

Pinawa dam in early morning light

Pinawa dam in early morning light

The turbines have been removed from the waterways leaving the tunnels a great place for painting with light or lighting steel wool on fire. Next to the ruins of the turbines are another series of coliseum like structures that you just have to shoot. On one side is a small river, where you can watch kayakers playing in the rapids, the other is more rapids with a couple of walkway leading you further into the park.
Tip: If you look hard enough, you might locate the path to the far end of the park, where you can take pictures of the complete dam.

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