Canoe Creek Hydro
Canoe Creek Hydro is a 6.0 MW hydropower facility which is majority owned by Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation. It began commercial operations in June of 2010 and is Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation’s first hydropower project. On average, the hydropower facility produces enough electricity to supply the annual needs of 2000 homes. The facility is located in a small catchment area between Port Alberni and Tofino on Vancouver Island where it receives an average of six meters of rainfall per year. Power is generated by a two-jet horizontal Pelton turbine and sold to BC Hydro.
Canoe Creek Hydro is EcoLogo certified. It has a minimal footprint, and the diversion reach is naturally free of fish. Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation hopes to use the powerhouse site for a future salmon hatchery.
Canoe Creek Hydro won the Project Excellence Award from Clean Energy BC in 2010. In 2012, Canoe Creek Hydro Ltd won an Outstanding Business Achievement award for a Joint Venture Business from the BC Aboriginal Business Awards. In 2013, Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation won the Community of the Year award from Clean Energy BC for their work on clean energy projects.