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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Slave Falls Generating Station (Winnipeg River, Whiteshell Provincial Park)

This hydroelectric generating station was built between 1930 and 1931 on the Winnipeg River, in what is now Whiteshell Provincial Park, by the firm of Stewart and Grant for the Winnipeg Hydro Electric System (later, Winnipeg Hydro). Opened by Winnipeg Mayor Ralph H. Webb on 1 September 1931, it provided electricity to the City of Winnipeg. It is now operated by Manitoba Hydro.

A small brick building was used by the Winnipeg Hydro Tramway that operated between Pointe du Bois and Slave Falls. The tramway has since been replaced by a road and the building is now used for storage.

Slave Falls Generating Station

Slave Falls Generating Station (1931)
Source: The Dotted Line, Vol. 6, No. 9, September 1931, page 1.

Aerial view of the Slave Falls Generating Station

Aerial view of the Slave Falls Generating Station (July 1998)
Source: George Penner

Interior of Slave Falls Generating Station

Interior of Slave Falls Generating Station (1931)
Source: The Dotted Line, Vol. 6, No. 10, October 1931, page 1.

Commemorative plaque inside the Slave Falls Generating Station

Commemorative plaque inside the Slave Falls Generating Station (April 2018)
Source: Fred Gunkel

Slave Falls Generating Station

Slave Falls Generating Station (October 2016)
Source: Manitoba Hydro

Powerhouse of the Slave Falls Generating Station

Powerhouse of the Slave Falls Generating Station (October 2016)
Source: Manitoba Hydro

Staff house at the Slave Falls Generating Station

Staff house at the Slave Falls Generating Station (October 2016)
Source: Manitoba Hydro

Tramway station near the Slave Falls Generating Station

Tramway station near the Slave Falls Generating Station (September 1990)
Source: George Penner

Tramway station near the Slave Falls Generating Station

Tramway station near the Slave Falls Generating Station (September 1990)
Source: George Penner

Site Location (lat/long): N50.22213, W95.56881
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Pointe du Bois Generating Station (Pointe du Bois, Whiteshell Provincial Park)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Pointe du Bois Staff House (Pointe du Bois, Whiteshell Provincial Park)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Pointe du Bois Stone House (Pointe du Bois, Whiteshell Provincial Park)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Slave Falls Generating Station (Winnipeg River, Whiteshell Provincial Park)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Rover Avenue Electric Terminal (199 Annabella Street, Winnipeg)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Winnipeg Hydro Sub-Station No. 1 (54 King Street, Winnipeg)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Winnipeg Hydro Sub-Station No. 2 (300 McPhillips Street, Winnipeg)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: May Street Sub-Station / Winnipeg Hydro Sub-Station No. 3 (541 Waterfront Drive, Winnipeg)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Winnipeg Hydro Sub-Station No. 4 (811 St. Matthews Avenue, Winnipeg)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Winnipeg Hydro Sub-Station No. 5 (Scotland Avenue, Winnipeg)

Sources:

“To all Hydro employees,” The Dotted Line, August 1931, page 2. [Manitoba Legislative Library]

We thank Fred Gunkel and George Penner for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 21 March 2020

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