Every summer, Hydro-Québec invites you to visit its power stations, dams and other facilities! The opportunity is ideal to discover an exceptional industrial and technological heritage and to learn more about this renewable energy.
Greater Montreal Area
Centrale de la Rivière-des-Prairies
3400 Rue du Barrage, Laval, QC H7E 5A2
Rivière-des-Prairies generating station has stood proudly between the Montréal and Laval shores since the 1930s. Come learn about this run-of-river facility and the introduction of electricity in the Montréal region. Then, follow your guide to the turbine pit and spillway. While you’re there, why not take advantage of the area’s recreational facilities? You can stretch your legs on the Montréal side’s bike path or walking trail. It’s a great way to combine learning and outdoor fun!
Centrale de Carillon
240 Rue du Barrage, Saint-André-d’Argenteuil, QC J0V 1X0
Located on the border of Québec and Ontario, Carillon is the most powerful generating station on the Rivière des Outaouais (Ottawa River). It was also the first generating station built by French-speaking engineers, back in the 1960s. Erected near the historic site where Dollard des Ormeaux and his companions fought the Iroquois, the facility is sure to impress you with its sheer size. Before or after your tour, you can also take advantage of the picturesque setting to visit the lock and watch boats go right through the dam! To top it all off, why not have a picnic in the lovely park right next door?
Centrale hydroélectrique de BeauharnoiS
80 Boul de Melocheville, Melocheville, QC J6N 0M1
Visit Beauharnois generating station located about 40 kilometres from Montréal. Surely you will be impress by its 38 generating units: stretched out over nearly a kilometre, they make this station Hydro-Québec’s most powerful run-of-river plant. The structure is also a treasured example of Québec’s cultural heritage, thanks to its award-winning Art Deco architecture.
Centrale Jean-Lesage Manic-2
Route 389, 22 kilometres (14 miles) de / from Baie-Comeau, QC G4Z 3B1
What are the main parts of a hydropower facility? How does it work? You’ll find out when you visit Jean-Lesage generating station and one of the world’s largest gravity dams, with hollow joints the size of a Boeing 747! You’ll see a 400-tonne rotor spinning over your head and feel the immense power of the eight generating units. 20 minutes from Baie-Comeau.
Le barrage Daniel-Johnson et la Centrale Manic-5
Route 389, 212 kilometers (132 miles) de / from Baie-Comeau, QC G4Z 3B1
Let yourself be mesmerized by Daniel-Johnson dam, the largest multiple-arch-and-buttress dam in the world. Bridging the magnificent Manicouagan valley, its unique design is a true monument to Québec engineering. Whether you stand at the foot of the dam, inside it or on the crest, there are plenty of thrills in store! Opening in 2016 is the Manic-5 permanent exhibit, which takes visitors back to the 1960s when the Manic-5 jobsite was in full swing
Accueil et visites C.P. 68, Radisson, QC J0Y 2X0
Calling everyone who loves nature and spectacular northern vistas: Why not take the Route de la Baie-James and see where all that energy comes from? At the end of the road lies the Robert-Bourassa development. Climb aboard a bus to discover the sheer immensity of Hydro-Québec’s structures, look up at a towering dam as tall as a 53-storey building, and marvel at the “giant’s staircase.” While exploring the world’s largest underground generating station, carved 140 metres deep into the bedrock, you might even get a chance to see one of the enormous generating units currently being refurbished up close.
Photo_Mathieu Dupuis — Côte Nord (Manicouagan)