Eastern Irrigation District


There will be two tours of our Dam. The first starts at 10 AM and the second starts at 1 PM. Each tour will take approximately 1.5-2 hours.

Tour Overview:

Scenic Viewpoint/Parking Lot: Upon exiting the vehicle at this location, participants will be able to observe the entire dam and spillway structure as well as the start of the EID’s main canal. Your tour guides will provide an overview of the history and background of the Eastern Irrigation District demonstrating to the participants the importance of the water delivery system to agriculture, industry and the region.

The Dam and Spillway from above ground: Participants will be able to visit the control tower of the Bassano Dam and will walk across the spillway structure to observe the gates, hoists, friction wall and concrete spillway from a closer perspective. Discussion will focus on historical and future construction activities, operation of and operational technologies used in the running of the dam and Provincial water management policy.

Walking under the Bow River: As the spillway structure is a hollow core concrete dam, during this portion of the tour participants will descend multiple flights of stairs to walk through the centre of the structure via the observation deck. Here participants experience an interesting perspective of the 100 year spillway structure.

*Please Note we can only accommodate about 20 adults per tour. Please pre-resister with our Admin staff by 3pm on Friday, August 17 by calling 403-362-1400.

*Due to the nature of the facility (there will be the equivalent of seven flights of stairs to go up and seven flights of stairs to go down) the tour cannot accommodate strollers, wheel chairs or anyone with limited mobility

Join us on August 18th or 19th when more than 100 farms, ranches and ag-tourism operators open their gates and invite visitors to share in local stories, see on-farm demonstrations and purchase locally grown and produced products.

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