Seven sister dam - self tour

Kevin Penner

Seven sister dam - self tour

Embark on a Hydroelectric Adventure

At Wilderness Edge, we invite you to explore the mesmerizing wonders of the East Whiteshell Park area, and there's no better way to start your journey than with a visit to the awe-inspiring hydroelectric dam. While pictures can capture its grandeur, the true magic lies in standing right before it. Imagine the rush of excitement as you walk up to the dam, hearing the powerful sound of water cascading over the spillway, and gazing in wonder at the sheer size of this engineering marvel.

For a sneak peek of this remarkable experience, we've prepared recent drone footage of the dam, allowing you to appreciate its monumental scale even before your visit. It's a testament to nature's incredible power and human innovation, and it's right at your doorstep when you choose Wilderness Edge as your destination.

Embark on the Trans Canada Trail Adventure

As a group organizer, you're always in search of activities that will leave your participants enthralled. Wilderness Edge offers an adventure like no other with the TTC (Trans Canada Trail) Seven Sisters Dam hike, spanning an impressive 17 kilometers for hiking or biking enthusiasts. This trail system connects Wilderness Edge in Pinawa to the iconic Seven Sisters Dam.

As you explore this picturesque trail, you'll encounter a fork that leads to Provincial Highway #211, marked by the famous Smoky the Bear sign. The journey along this trail promises stunning vistas and the chance to connect with the natural beauty of the region. To help you navigate this adventure, we've provided a downloadable and printable PDF map for the Seven Sisters to Pinawa Hiking Trail, ensuring you make the most of your outdoor exploration.

Use the TTC (Transcanada trail)

Seven sisters dam hike(17km hike or bike)

There is an amazing trail system of about 17kms between Wilderness Edge here in Pinawa and Seven Sisters Dam.  There is a fork in the trail system that leads to provincial highway #211 near a Smoky the Bear sign just up the road.

Seven Sisters to Pinawa Hiking Map

Download full printable PDF map here.

Discover the Historic Old Pinawa Dam

But the adventure doesn't stop there. From our retreat center in Pinawa, you can embark on an 8-kilometer hike, bike ride, or canoe trip to the historic Old Pinawa Dam. This second hydroelectric facility is brimming with history and offers a fascinating glimpse into the past. Along the channel leading to the Old Pinawa Dam, we even offer tube, raft, and canoe rentals, making it easy for your group to dive into water-based fun.

For those seeking extended adventures, we provide options for day trips, 1-night, and 2-night excursions, ensuring that your experience at Wilderness Edge is tailored to your preferences. It's not just about visiting a destination; it's about immersing yourself in its history and natural beauty.

Explore Endless Hiking Trails

The East Whiteshell Park area is a treasure trove of hiking trails waiting to be discovered. With countless hidden gems and breathtaking landscapes, these trails offer a chance to reconnect with nature, bond with your group, and create lasting memories. Whether you're an avid hiker or simply looking for a peaceful stroll, there's a trail to suit every level of experience.

There are just a ton of amazing hiking trails in the area.  Check-out this amazing Whiteshell Park Directory to find hidden gems.

Fascinating Facts About Seven Sisters Dam

As you plan your group's adventure, it's worth appreciating the incredible engineering feat that is the Seven Sisters Dam. Delve into its history with these fascinating facts:

  • Construction began in 1929, a testament to human determination and ingenuity.
  • Completion was achieved in 1952, marking a milestone in Manitoba's hydroelectric development.
  • The dam boasts a capacity of 165 MW, harnessing the power of nature to generate electricity.
  • On average, it generates a staggering 990 million kWh annually, contributing to the region's energy needs.
  • Witness an impressive waterfall drop of 18.6 meters, a sight to behold in all seasons.
  • The powerhouse stretches an impressive 128 meters, a symbol of human achievement.
  • Six turbine generators (units 1 to 3 at 138.5 rpm, units 4 to 6 at 128.6 rpm) work tirelessly to generate power.
  • The first unit entered service in 1931, marking the start of its remarkable journey.
  • These units have a discharge capacity of 1,146 m3 of water, harnessing the river's flow.
  • The forebay area spans 21 km2, a vast expanse of water ready to power the turbines.
  • The forebay's normal water level stands at 274.2 meters, ensuring a consistent source of energy.
  • The spillway stretches an impressive 225 meters, featuring 2 spillways with 27 bays, divided by a sluiceway with 2 bays.
  • Witness the spillway's discharge capacity of 1,030 m3 of water, a breathtaking spectacle.
  • Transmission lines connect the dam to Winnipeg with 5 115-kV lines, while another line reaches the Whiteshell area and Kenora, Ontario.

Plan Your Group Adventure with Wilderness Edge

Now that you've uncovered the incredible adventures awaiting your group at Wilderness Edge Retreat Centre, it's time to take action. As a group organizer, you have the unique opportunity to create unforgettable moments for your participants.

Imagine the excitement of your group as they embark on thrilling hikes, witness the power of the Seven Sisters Dam up close, and explore the historic Old Pinawa Dam. These adventures are more than just experiences; they're a chance to bond, learn, and create lasting memories.

Contact us today to book your group's stay at Wilderness Edge Retreat Centre. Our dedicated team is here to ensure your adventure is seamless, unforgettable, and tailor-made to your group's preferences. Unlock the wonders of East Whiteshell Park, and let Wilderness Edge be your gateway to a world of natural beauty and adventure.

Wilderness edge amenities
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Large meeting rooms


143 guest rooms


Catered meals

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One hour from Winnipeg

Located in Pinawa, East Whiteshell Provincial Park


25+ outdoor activities

Rafting, canoe rentals, snow boarding, hiking trails, etc.


Team building

Rafting, canoe rentals, snow boarding, hiking trails, etc.

High tempurature

Hot tub

Spa / sauna


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Free Parking

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Walking trails

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Golf Course

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