Ashlu Creek Run-of-River Hydroelectric Power Plant Tour

In follow up to our teacher Pro-D program at Mineral Exploration Roundup in January 2019, MineralsEd is partnering with Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. to tour the Ashlu Creek run-of-river (ROR) hydroelectric power generating plant near Squamish. ROR hydroelectric plants are small scale operations that produce renewable energy from moving water without the need to store it.

Innergex is a Canadian company that develops, acquires, owns and operates hydroelectric facilities, solar farms, and wind farms in Canada, the United States, France, and Chile. Innergex has 66 renewable power producing facilities operating globally: 37 hydroelectric facilities, 25 wind farms, and 4 solar farms. Ashlu Creek is one of 21 ROR hydroelectric facilities operated by Innergex in British Columbia.  

MineralsEd invites you to join Innergex Director of Government Relations Julia Balabanowicz and Innergex Director of Engineering Tom Furst for a tour of the Ashlu Creek ROR hydroelectric power generating plant. Learn all about the site selection, the environmental assessment, the operation, the role of ROR energy in our grid, as well as other renewable energy projects Innergex develops. 

If you are teaching a mining unit, Science, Geography, Enviromental Science, Social Studies or are a Career Educator, this field trip is an excellent opportunity to learn about the ROR hydroelectric process and renewable energies in general.


Transportation: Bus transportation is provided.

Depart: 8:30 am Vancouver at PNE Park and Ride, (E Hastings St. and Windermere St.)

Pick-up: 9:30 am Squamish: Howe Sound Secondary (student parking lot behind the school accessible from Carson Place)

Return: Squamish 2:30 pm

Return: Vancouver 4:00 pm PNE  Park and Ride

Lunch: Please bring your own lunch, snacks and water bottle to stay hydrated during the walking parts of the tour.

Attire: Participants should wear comfortable clothing and sturdy footwear. Be prepared for wet, cool and muddy conditions in the case of rain. Don’t forget to bring your camera!


Download the Ashlu Creek Run-of-River Hydroelectric Power Plant Tour flyer here.

Download the Ashlu Creek Site handout here 

Registration is through Eventbrite.

Fee: $25

Deadline: Noon Oct. 18 2019 Note: The number of confirmed participants by Oct. 11 will determine if this mine tour will go ahead.