Listed on Trip Advisor as a perfect place “accessible to the public for hiking, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and sightseeing”, the Bear Mountain Wind Towers are a noteworthy viewing experience for those visiting Dawson Creek.
The 34 towering gentle giants stand tall on the hillside south and east of Dawson Creek, spanning a distance of over seven kilometres.
Located a short drive from the City and accessible via a gravel road, the wind towers have become one of the first stops for visitors to our area. Standing beneath a large turning rotor, one feels dwarfed by the 78-metre (255 feet) turbine. The sound is unlike anything you can imagine. The hum of the large blades are described by some visitors as peaceful and hypnotic; others are surprised at how quiet it is as the blades slice through the air.
The wind farm began as a grassroots project by the Peace Energy Cooperative and a truly inspiring story about the farm can be found in the book: Powershift: The Hope and Drama of Monumental Windpower (can be purchased via Amazon). The visually compelling book was written by Don Pettit, a local professional photographer and author. It should be noted that Don was also a founding member of the Peace Energy Cooperative: the group responsible for bringing the wind farm to the peace region. Powershift artfully brings to life the triumph and the beauty of the Wind Farm.
As Hawkair Airline guests depart Dawson Creek, many will get a perfect view of the wind farm as they climb into the sky on their way to Vancouver.
Don’t worry, you don’t have to wait for a flight. The next time you are visiting Dawson Creek or the surrounding area, we encourage you to visit the wind farm and witness the beauty of creating sustainable energy.
By Judy Kucharuk, Dawson Creek