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BC Hydro Timeline

Power Pioneers have a rich connection to BC Hydro’s History.

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The Power Pioneers goal is to preserve and share the legacy of BC Hydro’s history for generations to come. Gaslights to Gigawatts: A Human History of BC Hydro and It’s Predecessors explores the history of BC Hydro back to the 1860s. This timeline is based on excerpts from the book. Gaslights to Gigawatts is currently being updated and a new expanded edition is due out in 2025/2026. If you would like to buy one of our other hydro history books or for more information please visit our Store.


The Birth of BC Electric


The Hungry Thirties & Years of Heartbreak, Years of Joy


Young Turks & Wily Veterans


The Politician, the Physicist, and the Diplomat & We Two Are One


New Politics, Old Dream & The Roller Coaster Years

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Power Pioneer membership is open to retirees and employees of BC Hydro and its associated companies, as well as their spouses.

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