Largest Dams and Tallest Dams in Canada
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Which are the tallest and largest dams in Canada ?

Tallest Dams. Mica Dam is the tallest dam in Canada, built at a height of 240 meters. At second and third, are Daniel-Johnson dam at a height of 214 meters and W. A. C. Bennett Dam at 186 meters.The heights of the major dams in Canada range from 64 meters to 240 meters, with the average dam built at around 153.8 meters.

 Compare Mica Dam with La Grande-4


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Installed Capacity. Robert-Bourassa Generating Station is the largest dam by installed capacity in Canada, built with a capacty of 5,616 MW.The installed capacities of major dams in Canada range from 186 MW to 5,616 MW, with the average dam installed with a capacity of 2,970.8 MW.

Reservoir Volume. The largest dam in Canada by reservoir volume is Daniel-Johnson Dam, impounding up to 142 billion m3 of water.The reservoir volumes of major dams in Canada range from 1.52 billion m3 to 142 billion m3, with the average being 39.9 billion m3.

Dam Types. The most common dam type among the major dams in Canada is the embankment dam.


Let's check out some of these tallest and largest dams in Canada.

Mica Dam.

BC Hydro Mica Dam Test Spill 26 July 2012 base of dam (Youtube/TOC Vernon)

Mica Dam is located in Mica Creek, British Columbia, Canada (North America). The embankment dam was completed in 1973 (49 years old).

Mica Dam is the 2nd tallest dam in North America. The structural height of Mica Dam is 240 meters. The embankment dam can hold up to 24.76 billion m3 of water and has an installed capacity of 2,805MW.

 

 Compare Mica Dam with Oahe Dam from United States.

 Compare Mica Dam with Bath County Pumped Storage Station from United States.


Daniel-Johnson Dam.

Drone Daniel Johnson Dam Quebec, Canada (Youtube/James Bebop)

Completed in 1970, Daniel-Johnson dam is a 52-year-old buttress dam. It is located in Manicouagan Regional County Municipality, Quebec, Canada (North America).

Daniel-Johnson Dam impounds the 3rd largest reservoir volume in the world. The structural height of Daniel-Johnson dam is 214 meters while its structural volume of 2.20 million m3. The buttress dam can hold up to 142 billion m3 of water and has an installed capacity of 1,596MW.

 

 Compare Daniel-Johnson Dam with Itaipu Dam from Brazil-Paraguay.


W. A. C. Bennett Dam.

Tour of the W.A.C. Bennett Dam (credit: Youtube/Shaw TV Northern BC)

Located in Hudson's Hope, British Columbia, Canada, W. A. C. Bennett Dam is an embankment dam. It was built in 1968 (54 years since completion).

The installed capacity of W. A. C. Bennett Dam is 2,876MW. The embankment dam stands 186 meters tall and can impound up to 7.40 billion m3 of water. Its structural volume is 43.70 million m3.

 

 Compare W. A. C. Bennett Dam with Mangla Dam from Pakistan.

 Compare W. A. C. Bennett Dam with Hirakud Dam from India.


Revelstoke Dam.

Revelstoke Dam (Youtube/Simon Rizzardo)

Revelstoke Dam, also known as Revelstoke Canyon Dam, is a composite dam located in Revelstoke, Canada (North America). It was completed in 1984 (38 years old).

Revelstoke Dam is the 2nd tallest composite dam in the world. The structural height of Revelstoke Dam is 175 meters. The composite dam can hold up to 1.52 billion m3 of water and has an installed capacity of 2,480MW.

 

 Compare Revelstoke Dam with Keban Dam from Turkey.

 Compare Revelstoke Dam with Boguchany Dam from Russia.


Robert-Bourassa Generating Station.

Welcome to Robert-Bourassa generating facility in Baie-James (Youtube/Hydro - Qu├ębec)

Robert-Bourassa generating station, also known as La Grande-2, is located in Baie-James, Quebec, Canada (North America). The embankment dam was completed in 1981 (41 years old).

Robert-Bourassa Generating Station is the 2nd largest hydroelectric embankment dam in the world by installed capacity. The structural height of Robert-Bourassa generating station is 162 meters. The embankment dam can hold up to 61.70 billion m3 of water and has an installed capacity of 5,616MW.

 

 Compare Robert-Bourassa Generating Station with Zhiguli Hydroelectric Station from Russia.

 Compare Robert-Bourassa Generating Station with Mangla Dam from Pakistan.


Gardiner Dam.

Gardiner Dam by NewsTalk980CJME

Completed in 1967, Gardiner Dam is a 55-year-old embankment dam. It is located in Saskatchewan, Canada (North America).

The installed capacity of Gardiner Dam is 186MW. The embankment dam stands 64 meters tall and can impound up to 9.40 billion m3 of water. Its structural volume is 65.40 million m3.

 

 Compare Gardiner Dam with Cochiti Dam from United States.

 Compare Gardiner Dam with W. A. C. Bennett Dam from Canada.


Dams Lists

Largest Dams by Installed Capacity (MW): world | Asia | Europe | North America | South America | USA | Canada | Australia | UK

Tallest Dams: world | Asia | Europe | North America | South America | USA | Canada | Australia | UK

Dams with Largest Structural Volume: world | Asia | Europe | North America | South America | USA | Canada | Australia | UK

Dams with Largest Reservoir Volume: world | Asia | Europe | North America | South America | USA | Canada | Australia | UK

Largest/tallest Dams by Type: Arch Dams | Embankment Dams | Gravity Dams | Arch-Gravity Dams | Buttress Dams


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