Williston Lake, 1761 km2, is the largest freshwater body in BC. Created in 1968 as the reservoir of the W.A.C. Bennett hydroelectric dam on the PEACE RIVER, it was named for Ray Williston, BC minister of lands and forests from 1956-72, who encouraged the development of a pulp economy from the unused forest resource in interior BC, coincident with government hydroelectric energy projects. Spruce forests around the lake supply pulp mills and sawmills at the district municipality of MACKENZIE, an "instant town" on the Parsnip Reach of Williston Lake. The lake is used to transport timber to the mills.
- MLA 8TH EDITION
- Grant, Peter. "Williston Lake". The Canadian Encyclopedia, 23 January 2014, Historica Canada. www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/williston-lake. Accessed 23 September 2023.
- APA 6TH EDITION
- Grant, P. (2014). Williston Lake. In The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/williston-lake
- CHICAGO 17TH EDITION
- Grant, Peter. "Williston Lake." The Canadian Encyclopedia. Historica Canada. Article published February 07, 2006; Last Edited January 23, 2014.
- TURABIAN 8TH EDITION
- The Canadian Encyclopedia, s.v. "Williston Lake," by Peter Grant, Accessed September 23, 2023, https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/williston-lake
Article by Peter Grant
Published Online February 7, 2006
Last Edited January 23, 2014