Photostory #414: In New Brunswick: Power for a Growing Province: Mactaquac: Where Waters Meet

Ted Grant
National Film Board of Canada
Release Date
April 12, 1966
CMCP fonds
Credit Line
Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography fonds, National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives
Main Text
Eye-catching monuments to the big industrial surge in the maritimes is a man-made massif taking ponderous shape near Fredericton, New Brunswick. The Mactaquac Hydro Development, designed to produce 600,000 kilowatts of vital energy from the historic Saint John River, is solid evidence of spreading commercial enterprises that demand growing power facilities to ensure their energetic future. Combined with the serious work of generating electric power are developments aimed at providing this scenic province with additional recreational attractions. Completion of the project will create a lake nearly 60 miles long and bordered by the Trans-Canada Highway with a branch highway over the dam itself. An elaborate method of passing the ascending atlantic salmon safely upstream and a new fish hatchery downstream will mean the preservation of an invaluable resource of immeasurable aesthetic value. Mactaquac damsite - latest saga in the unfolding history of a famous river and [...]-stage booster for a regional economy.