West Kootenay Power and Light Company

Identity area

Type of entity

Corporate body

Authorized form of name

West Kootenay Power and Light Company

Parallel form(s) of name

Standardized form(s) of name according to other rules

Other form(s) of name

  • WKPL

Identifiers for corporate bodies

Description area

Dates of existence



The West Kootenay Power and Light Company incorporated in 1896, with the construction of the dam and hydro-electric station in Lower Bonnington Falls. They created the longest high voltage line in North America at the time, which transferred power 51km from Bonnington Falls to Rossland BC to supply the mines. The company soon provided power to different sites and homes around the West Kootenays and soon around the East Kootenays and Sourthern British Columbia. The company’s biggest consumer was CM&S (currently known as Teck) which was down the hill in Trail. WKPL had many subsidiaries, such as Rossland Water and Light, South Kootenay Power and Light, Cascade Water, Power, and Light, Northport Power and Light, Sheep Creek Light and Power, and Bonnington Falls Power Co. During WWI, WKPL was bought by CM&S to ensure that it would continue to be supplied with electricity; and in 1987 CM&S – at that point renamed Cominco – sold WKPL to an American Company, Utilicorp United. In 2002 WKPL was taken over by FortisBC. Some notable employees of the company are Lorne A. “LA” Campbell, JD McDonald, and F.A. Lee.


Rossland, British Columbia, Canada
Trail, British Columbia, Canada

Legal status

Functions, occupations and activities

Provide water, power, and light to the surrounding areas.

Mandates/sources of authority

Internal structures/genealogy

General context

Relationships area

Access points area

Place access points


Control area

Authority record identifier

Institution identifier

Rules and/or conventions used


Level of detail

Dates of creation, revision and deletion




Maintenance notes

  • Clipboard

  • Export

  • EAC

Related places