Bear Mountain Wind Park is British Columbia’s first commercial wind facility. It came online in 2009 and will continue operating for a minimum of 25 years. The site covers 62 acres and is open to the public for hiking, snowmobiling, cross country skiing and picnicking.
Each turbine is 256 feet tall and weighs 236 tons. Can you see Theresa standing at the base of this massive turbine? Visitors are allowed to walk right up to the base of each wind turbine.
With high winds and close proximity to existing roads and transmission lines, Bear Mountain was an ideal location for a wind park.
Wind power facilities are eco-friendly and can easily co-exist with other land uses such as ranching, farming, and recreation. We spotted this cute fox along the wind turbine road.
Each turbine blade is 270 feet in diameter and weights 7.7 tons.
Wind power has the lowest overall environmental impact and lowest carbon footprint of any energy source, and it produces no pollution during operation.
The 34 wind turbines are among the largest in the world today. Each 3 megawatt turbine produces enough energy to power 1,000 homes. For more information on wind power and this park, please check out Theresa’s article, Zero Pollution and the Wind is Free.
The Rim Rocks Hiking Trail follows the cliff line from Turbine 25 to Turbine 0 with spectacular views west to the Rocky Mountains. Here we see Theresa, Shadow and Darby standing on the edge of the cliff with the wind turbines in the background.