The North Bala Small Hydro Project is a new 4.7 Megawatt (MW) run-of-river waterpower facility at the south end of Bala's North Dam, located in the  Town of Bala, Township of Muskoka Lakes, Ontario. The North Dam is owned by Ontario's Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF).

This project was guided through an exhaustive environmental assessment and community consultation process by Karen McGhee and her firm McGhee Krizsan Engineering Ltd.
The project is expected to:

  • Improve water level and spring/fall flood control
  • Have low environmental impact due to synergy with existing structures
  • Annually offset 20,000 tonnes of CO2, equivalent to 3,888 cars and light trucks off the road
  • Create over 80 new jobs during construction


Swift River Energy Limited is a 100% Canadian owned company established in 2004 with a mission to develop the North Bala Falls Small Hydro Project, small, low-impact, run-of-the-river hydroelectric generating facility. The team is composed of individuals with decades of experience building and operating a wide array of facilities in complex and challenging environments.
Swift River is a part of the Horizon Legacy group of companies.  Horizon is a family owned company established over 50 years ago, specializing in renewable energy and commercial developments, including some of Toronto's most recognized commercial buildings (Yonge-Eglinton Centre, Atrium on Bay and One Financial Place).   To date, Horizon has successfully completed power projects in Canada, Germany, USA, and has a project in development in Sweden.  It is currently developing two waterpower projects in Ontario.



Swift River Energy Limited

60 St. Clair Ave East, Suite 300

Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  M4T 1N5

Tel: 416-864-9977

Fax: 416-864-9568

Toll Free:  1-877-389-4099

Email: info@balafalls.ca