Potvin, Louis

Potvin Louis

Louis Potivin was born in Port Coquitlam and started his first radio business "Potvin's Radio Service" when he was 16 years old.   He also had the contract to set up the P.A. systems for the P.N.E. in Victoria and Vancouver. He joined the Canadian Air Force at the age of eighteen and was involved in the installation of a VHF radio system along the coast of B.C.  After his service he joined a radio company who were developing VHF radio systems in North and Latin America.  

After a busy business career that involved international travel, Louis arrived in Pemberton in 1958 and moved here permanently in 1965.  He developed Lillooet Lake Estates, a subdivision along Lillooet Lake road.  He is most well known for his local accomplishment of developing and installing the Sea to Sky's first radio station - Mountain FM.

To hear more about the first radio station check out our Tea & Tales interview with Louis.

Pelton Wheel

Pelton Wheel


Pelton wheel manufactured in the 1920's and possibly used around Birken B.C. at the school. Louis Potvin used the pelton wheel to power his home, office and shop since 1962. The unit produced 12,000 watts when connected to a generator.

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ca. 1920

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