OLD PINAWA DAM
“The best Little Park
by a Dam Site"
Friends of Old Pinawa
-- Part II --
A 115v 1-phase power line was brought into the Park from PTH 520 to
- Architecturally designed to complement the surroundings
- 3000 seat capacity on a crescent shaped grass slope
- Concrete stage that is level with the grass
The Footbridge at the start of the Nature Trail
The Friends of Old Pinawa have produced a self-guiding historical brochure for the
heritage walk within the old town site
Heritage walk winds through the old town site complementing the historical brochure.
A Heritage Walk trailhead sign marks the start of the path.
Granite signs have been added to the historical walk. These signs indicate points
of interest discussed in the historical brochure.
A Foot Bridge was built to span the channel at the back of the dam to give alternate
access to the dam and nature trail.
In 1998, we created a Nature Trail to show ecological areas of interest and provide
views of the dam from a different perspective. This trail will be expanded in 2006.
An 18-foot diameter, 3300-pound runner (turbine blade) from the Seven Sisters Dam
was placed at the front of the dam. The newer technology at the Seven Sisters Dam was
the reason that the dam at Old Pinawa was decommissioned.
The Runner stands at the front of the Dam
The Friends of Old Pinawa sold Bricks engraved with donor’s names.
This was a fundraiser and is also a record of those who have performed at the
Trailhead sign was added to mark the start of the nature trail.
The Friends of Old Pinawa have had two annual events with a family focus using
the Amphitheatre. The well-attended events had federal and provincial politicians
as well as government officials. Politicians included the late David Iftody and
The Friends of Old Pinawa have a website for the Old Pinawa Dam Historical Park.
The Friends have acquired the old School House property for the old town of
Pinawa. This is located adjacent to the north boundary of the park.
The Trans Canada Trail passes through the Old Pinawa Dam Heritage Park
linking the Pinawa Land Development Trail on the south side to the old school
House property on the north. The Trans Canada Trail has been incorporated into
the historical walk.
A footbridge was built to span the creek on the Trans Canada trail.
Since its inception in 1996 the Friends of Old Pinawa have worked hard to
increase the profile of the historic dam site. We now have bus tours that
visit the park.
Interpretive signs are placed around the dam telling the viewer of the
enormous challenges faced by the early workers and illustrating how the dam functioned.
The Amphitheatre with the Runner in Dam
A welcome sign at the entrance gate tells about the Friends of Old Pinawa.
Warning signs have been posted near hazardous areas near the old dam.
The footbridge path has been made safer to link with both the dam walk and
the nature trail.
The Park boundaries have been expanded as a result of very successful and
well-supported information meetings. No negative comments were received as a
result of these meetings.
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