Public advisory: Boaters urged to exercise caution on the Peace River near Site C construction area

BC Hydro is reminding boaters that the section of the Peace River around the Site C dam site is permanently closed to boaters.

In October 2020, BC Hydro diverted the Peace River so that it can begin building the Site C dam across the main river channel, while keeping the river flowing.

Being on or near the water around the Site C construction area presents a serious safety risk to river users. Boaters are urged to stay away from the area and observe and obey all signage and beacons.

Hazards include:

  • Debris floating in the river
  • Accumulations of debris on booms, which are strung across the river
  • Changing river levels, particularly in areas immediately upstream of the dam site
  • Strong undertows and fast-moving water flowing through the two river diversion tunnels.

To move boaters around the construction area, a seasonal portage program has been set up to transport non-motorized vessels by road past the dam.

The program operates between the Halfway River boat launch and the Peace Island Park boat launch from May 15 to September 15.

For more information, please visit www.sitecproject.com/boating or phone 1 877 217 0777.


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