I went to Tumbler Ridge this weekend for some autumn photos of its famous waterfalls, and was surprised to find out so many wind turbines have been installed along the Heritage Highway 52 in the northeast of Tumbler Ridge. I didn’t see any of them last July (year 2011)!!! The roadside scenery is completely changed in just one year. The windmills are right next to the highway between Tepee Falls hiking trail and Quality Falls hiking trail. Every vehicle driving on Hwy 52 from Dawson Creek to Tumbler Ridge will see them. Some wind turbines are so close to the highway that you can actually park your car on roadside and walk to them. Most of them are still in the process of assembly and non-operational. Nevertheless, it’s wicked to see so many wind turbines in this region, probably double or even triple the number in Dawson Creek Windmills. Not sure exactly how many wind turbines will be installed. One report says 33 turbines, another says 50, and still yet another says 79. Regardless of the statistics, the number is gonna be huge! Check the map below for driving direction to the windmill.
History of Tumbler Ridge Wind Farm
Following the success of the BC’s first wind farm in Dawson Creek, Tumbler Ridge—a small town of 2,500 residents in Northeast Peace Region of BC—starts its own windmill projects. As of the end of July 2012, assembly of the 79 wind turbine generators for the Quality Wind Project (QWP) near Tumbler Ridge is well underway, with the project work proceeding on schedule. Each Quality Wind turbine (manufactured by Vestas Wind Systems in Colorado) is made up of nine large components – four tower sections, one nacelle, one hub, and three blades. On June 22, 2012, Tumbler Ridge local residents had an opportunity to put their mark on history by signing a 49-metre long Vestas wind turbine blade. The blade, hoisted into place on wind turbine #63 (on road M2), will soon generate clean power for British Columbians.
How to Get to Tumbler Ridge Windmill?
The windmill is located on the northeast of Tumbler Ridge along Highway 52. Exact location of this windmill is indicated by Green Arrow on the following map. Windmill is not visible directly from the townsite. It can only be seen on Highway 52 between Quality Falls and Tepee Falls hiking trails.
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