Located on the Winnipeg River just northwest of Pinawa or northeast of Lac du Bonnet, is the historic Pinawa Dam. Back in 1906, the Dam was created to provide hydroelectric power for Winnipeg. The dam closed in 1951 so water can flow through from the Winnipeg River into the Seven Sisters hydro station and then was later destroyed for demolition practice by the Canadian Armed Forces.
Today there are rapids and waterfalls flowing through the old ruins, making for beautiful sites with picnic areas, a walking bridge, and a nature trail. Pinawa Channel Float and Paddle is a fun outing perfect for hot days. Rent some tubes and take in the scenery floating down the River with your friends. The float takes approximately 3 hours so be sure to pack sunscreen and water, especially on hot, humid afternoons.