Electrifying Quebec

Incredible engineering to visit

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Hydro-Québec invites us to visit its power stations, dams and other installations! Like nearly 140,000 people each year discover an industrial and technological exceptional heritageand learn more about an important renewable and clean energy .

Important: Visitors must comply with certain obligations. Be sure to read on Hydro-Quebec web site the Schedule and practical information section of the Web site. Limited space; reservations required  http://www.hydroquebec.com/visit/

___Greater Montreal Area___


Rivière-des-Prairies power station

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. You’re sure to be impressed by the water’s raw power. 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, or do some fishing on the specially built platform across the river in Laval. It’s a great way to combine learning and outdoor fun!

Électrium, Hydro-Québec's Electricity Interpretation Centre

2001 rue Michael-Faraday,  Sainte-Julie, Québec J3E 1Y2 T. 1 800-267-4558

Do you have a curious mind? Would you like to learn more about the electrical environment that surrounds us while enjoying a free and educational family outing? Come to Sainte-Julie and visit the Électrium, where you can see an electric eel or enjoy a hair-raising experience with our Van de Graaff generator! Interactive exhibits let you explore the role of electricity in the human body, test your reflexes, learn about electric and magnetic fields, and find out more about how hydropower is produced and Hydro-Québec’s generating facilities. At the Électrium, science is accessible to everyone and learning is always 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? It’s an experience you won’t soon forget!



Beauharnois Generating Station

Route 389, 22 kilometres (14 miles) de / from Baie-Comeau.  G4Z 3B1

Come visit Beauharnois generating station, one of the world’s largest hydropower facilities, located about 40 kilometres from Montréal. You’re sure to be impressed by its 38 generating units: stretched out over nearly a kilometre, they make this station Hydro-Québec’s most powerful run-of-river plant. In fact, this amazing monument to human know-how has been in a class of its own since 1932. The structure is also a treasured example of Québec’s cultural heritage, thanks to its award-winning Art Deco architecture.  Don’t miss a brand-new interpretation centre featuring the captivating exhibit “Beauharnois Generating Station: Exceptional since 1932.” You’re sure to bring back some unforgettable memories!



Jean-Lesage Generating Station (Manic-2)

Route 389, 22 kilometres (14 miles) de / from Baie-Comeau.  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. Be sure to visit the Georges Dor building to see an exhibition about 735-kV transmission lines, the technology that revolutionized electricity transmission around the world. You won’t want to miss it! 20 minutes from Baie-Comeau.

Daniel-Johnson Dam and Manic-5 Generating Station

Route 389, 212 kilometers (132 miles) de / from Baie-Comeau. G4Z 3B1

Join us for a fascinating tour! 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. 


___Baie James / Radisson___

Robert-Bourassa Generating Facilities

Accueil et visites C.P. 689 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. While you’re there, be sure to visit Robert-A.-Boyd park (tours provided by the Société des sites historiques de Radisson), which pays tribute to the 185,000 workers who built the La Grande complex.  The area north of the 53rd parallel seems to be made for awe-inspiring landscapes. No matter where you look, you’ll be amazed by the gigantic scale of this imposing site.

La Grande-1 Generating Station

Complexe Pierre-Radisson, 66 Desgroseillers, Radisson, J0Y 2X0

Leaving Radisson, we head to Baie James (James Bay) and the last generating station on the Grande Rivière: La Grande-1. Our first stop: a tour of Radisson substation, one of Québec’s largest transmission substations and the only one open to the public. Our second stop: the new lookout that pays tribute to the Crees, who have lived in the Baie-James region for thousands of years. This spectacular vantage point over the surrounding land is also a window on our history: the entire hydroelectric development and the many structures built to preserve the boreal forest’s fauna and flora are clearly visible. Next comes a visit to the La Grande-1 generating station itself, Québec’s second-largest run-of-river power plant, where you’ll be impressed by the decidedly modern civil engineering. The spectacular vistas are sure to leave a lasting impression as well!



Îles-de-la-Madeleine generating station

Visit Îles-de-la-Madeleine generating station, the largest diesel-powered thermal generating station in Québec. The Îles-de-la-Madeleine have always relied on fuel oil to meet their energy needs, and this power plant supplies electricity to a population of 13,000. During your guided tour, you’ll learn how oil is harnessed to generate enough power to light homes and businesses. Take a tour and learn all about electricity on the islands!

Important: Visitors must comply with certain obligations. Be sure to read the Schedule and practical information section of our Web site. http://www.hydroquebec.com/visit/