Seven Sisters Falls

The History

historical-damThe village of Seven Sisters Falls has been around since the 1920’s.

A rail line to the community was used to bring materials to the Seven Sisters Hydro Dam which was being constructed at the time. The first three units of the dam were constructed between 1929 and 1931. The second set of three power units were constructed following the Second World War between 1948 and once completed, the six units provided a capacity of 165 mega watts of power.

The Seven Sisters Power Dam is the largest and most impressive on the Winnipeg River. It generates an average of 990 million KWh annually, with a roaring 18.6 metre waterfall drop at the dam. Water from Natalie Lake which makes up the fore bay has an area of 21 sq. km.

The Seven Sisters Staff House was built in the 1920’s to house men working on the construction of the Seven Sisters Dam. It remained in service until the late 1990’s. Empty for about 10 years, it was sold in 2008 when the Hydro Townsite came under the jurisdiction of the R.M. Of Whitemouth.

The Townsite, as it is known locally, has about 16 houses on large lots. There is a skating rink and a curling rink/community hall. Beside the old school house, which Manitoba Hydro now uses as a training centre, is a large green space. It is a short walk up to the lake or Dam from the townsite. There is also a bridge across the creek west of the townsite that leads to walking/ skiing trails. It is a short walk to the Whitemouth Provincial Park and Whitemouth Falls.

This is a great place to live or just to visit. The community is quiet except for the sound of the water rushing over the spillway on its way down the river. You can walk along the dyke or through the forest, ride your ATV or snowmobile, fish in the river or ride your bike. There is a lot to do around here. Or you can just sit and meditate by the water.

Historically this was a place where travellers on the Winnipeg River would stop to camp or fish. There are Aboriginal burial sites located at the junction of the Whitemouth and Winnipeg Rivers. People have found artifacts there when the river is low. There are pelicans fishing here all summer where many people come to enjoy the picnic site on the weekends.

Things to Do

The area of Seven Sisters Falls, Manitoba offers visitors a wide range of activities & experiences:

  • Seven Sisters Power Dam and spillway on the Winnipeg River.
  • Hiking and cycling trails
  • Whitemouth Provincial Park and picnic site at the mouth of the Whiteshell River
  • Whitemouth Sports Days August 4-6
  • Old Pinawa Dam Historic site
  • Whiteshell Provincial Park for all kinds of recreation, or to see the Petroforms at Bannock Point. Pinawa Channel, canoeing,Kayaking, tubing or birding.
  • Pinawa Golf Course
  • TransCanada Trail to Pinawa or the Whiteshell Park

  • Whitemouth River for boating or fishing
  • Whitemouth Museum
  • Pick strawberries at the Elma Berry Farm
  • Lac du Bonnie for boating, fishing, farmers market, Fire & Water Festival
  • Historical spots & routes; Winnipeg River was the waterway to western Canada from Northwestern Ontario. In the day of the canoe, Aboriginal Canadians and explorers used this river to cross the rugged Boreal Region of Eastern Manitoba and Northwest Ontario.

Winter Activities

The Whiteshell is an excellent destination for winter activities, like cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, ice fishing, skating and winter camping.

See the Eastman Tourism Brochure for a complete list of activities happening throughout this area of Manitoba.