Picnic table and fire pit at the old Pinawa dam

Pinawa Dam Provincial Park

Near Lac du Bonnet, Manitoba, Canada
Picnic table Picnic shelter Bench Primitive (unplumbed) washrooms
1 review
Created by Sean on Nov. 13, 2021, 1:46 a.m.
Updated by Sean on July 22, 2022, 1:07 a.m.

Description

Picnic in a ghost town, in the shadow of an abandoned hydroelectric dam.

Located at the site of Manitoba's first hydroelectric dam, Pinawa Dam Provincial Park features the ruins of the old dam which was partially demolished in the 1950s when the Seven Sisters Dam was built.

The park is popular with anglers and people who enjoy swimming in the rapids and pools above and below the dam. There are also several trails with interpretive signage circling the dam and the old town site.

The picnic area is located on the grounds of the old town site, where only the trees, some paths, and foundations of buildings remain. There are plaques around the picnic area describing the buildings that used to be there, and outhouses for when nature calls.

Turbine blade at the old Pinawa dam
The interior of the old Pinawa dam
The remains of the powerhouse at the old Pinawa dam
Picnic shelter at Pinawa Dam

Location and reservations

Status
Open all year
Admission fee
Yes
Reservations
Not available
Access
Drive

Picnic facilities

  • Picnic table Picnic table
  • Picnic shelter Picnic shelter
  • Bench Bench
  • Primitive (unplumbed) washrooms Primitive (unplumbed) washrooms

Other amenities

  • Historic monument Historic monument
  • Scenic view Scenic view
  • Hiking trail Hiking trail
  • Swimming Swimming
  • Fishing Fishing
  • Whitewater kayaking / canoeing Whitewater kayaking / canoeing
Sean
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Picnic sites: 128 Pictures: 268 Reviews: 15
Aug. 6, 2022, 5:15 p.m.

Once you realize that you're picnicking in the remains of a ghost town, this picnic site gets a lot more interesting. The trees hint at the location of the old roads and houses that would have been around you. It's also fun to explore the dam and rapids upstream of the dam.