Shuswap Falls near Lumby in British Columbia facilitates BC Hydro’s Wilsey Dam which features multiple waterfalls year round. A prominent viewing platform high above the dam’s spill channel provides spectacular views to the frothing waters below.
Further north along the course of the Shuswap River at 29 Km distance is the site of Sugar Lake dam. Historically known as Brenda Falls, the river drops there about 30 feet. The structure is a 150 m long and 13 m high concrete buttress dam that provides storage and regulation for the BC Hydro Shuswap Falls generating station downstream.
Shuswap Falls, BC @ Historic Wilsey Dam – is a paradise for photographers and videographers. For anyone who loves waterfalls and raging waters through rugged canyons, this is the place to visit. Since the dam’s contruction, salmon have been unable to travel up into the head waters of Shuswap River for spawning. Due to public pressure by first nations and naturalists, BC Hydro decided in 2021 it was more cost-effective decomission the outdated plant rather than to construct fish ladders for the salmon. According to BC Hydro, the works would commence as early as 2026.