Campbell River’s Leah Tremain and Quadra Island’s Mark Wunsch collaborated to make the touchscreen media display in the new BC Hydro interpretive centre.

New Hydro centre has local touch

The BC Hydro interpretive centre near Campbell River's Elk Falls opens to the public Nov. 12

The new BC Hydro interpretive centre near Elk Falls has a local touch in more ways than one.

The centre will officially open to the public Nov. 12, but a few stakeholders and media were given a sneak peak Wednesday.

The centre is located in the new parking area for Elk Falls Provincial Park. It was created to make room for the $1 billion BC Hydro project that will begin next year to replace the John Hart Generating Station.

The interpretive centre features large panels displaying the past, present and future of the John Hart hydroelectric facilities and property.

The cool part is the touchscreen display that clearly depicts the Campbell River generating system, along with the John Hart facility and construction-related videos. More videos will be added as construction proceeds over the next five years.

The touchscreen and videos were developed by two local partners: Mark Wunsch of Greencoastmedia and Leah Tremain of Tremain media.

They’re also working to develop other media resources for BC Hydro projects  around the province.

“It’s a really good opportunity,” said Tremain.

When it opens next month, the centre will be open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The days and hours of operations will be adjusted over the life of the John Hart project. The interpretive centre will be removed around the end of 2018 when the project is completed.