Motors Allowed?
Easy / Class A
20.00 km (12.43 mi)
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Old Buntzen Powerplant is a decomissioned hydroelectric dam. According to BC Hydro, water from Buntzen Lake flows through penstocks down the steep mountain slope to two power plants located on Indian Arm. This station is Buntzen No. 2, which was completed in 1914 with three pelton wheels delivering a total of 26,700 kilowatts to meet Vancouver's continually increasing demand for secure electricity. At the turn of the millennium, Buntzen No. 2 was shut down as the upgraded Buntzen No. 1 plant was modenised.

It has become a common paddling destination thanks to it's creepy vibe and close proxmitiy to Deep Cove. A three-hour paddle from Deep Cove to the power station is a common trip. You can pass through the Twin Islands as well on your way over, cross the fjord to the west side, and return with an entirely different view. The Powerstation makes a good stopping point with a beach suitable for kayaks landings. There is a jetty, but it is falling apart and rather dangerous to wander on. The area adjacent to the station is private property, so be cautious where you wander. Beneath the power station itself on the beach are the sluices. While there is no immediate threat, BC Hydro has many caution signs that are worth heeding.

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Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)




Parking Pass

Private or commercial fee

Open Year-round



Close to Vancouver. Deep cove. Kayak rentals. Easy. Tours available.


Illegal to set foot in the property itself. Motorboat traffic.

Pets allowed

Allowed with Restrictions

Put-in location (lat, long coordinates)

49.3268° N, 122.9520° W

Take-out location (lat, long coordinates)

49.3268° N, 122.9520° W

Water Temperature

44.60 °F (7.00 °C)


Boat ramp(s)
Historically significant
Big vistas
Rental facilities
Bird watching
Old-growth forest

Trail type




Typically multi-day


Shuttle required


Site characteristics: Water


Portage required



Nearby Adventures

Vancouver Metro Area, British Columbia

Nearby Lodging + Camping


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