visit Hydro-Québec power plants and interpretation centers open to the public


These guides are excellent for explaining scientific concepts in a clear and simple manner, so a tour will help you understand how electricity is produced and find out what Quebec engineering has accomplished. See a production unit in action and debunk the myths about electricity. You can also deepen your scientific knowledge by going to the Électrium, Hydro-Québec’s electricity interpretation center.

Plan your visit

The safety of visitors and compliance with sanitary measures are our priority. Again this year, reservations are required. Before moving to an establishment, please be aware of the sanitary measures in force.

Strong points

  • Visits are free.
  • Reservations are required. As places are limited, it is recommended to book in advance.
  • Tours last from 90 minutes to 4 hours, depending on the site.
  • The sites are open until the end of August.
  • Download the Tour Rallyes app for an overview of some of the tours.

Facilities open to the public by region

Abitibi-Témiscamingue

Première-Chute generating station
Reservations: 1 800 291-8486 (toll free)
Situated in Notre-Dame-du-Nord, the Première-Chute generating station was built in 1968 to meet the growing demand for electricity. Discover the unique design of this power station, discover the history of electrification in Abitibi-Témiscamingue and understand how clean and renewable energy is produced by harnessing the power of water. The circuit is also a tribute to the Ottawa River, the longest river in Quebec.

James Bay

Robert-Bourassa development and La Grande-1 powerhouse
Reservations: 1 800 291-8486 (toll free)
Built in the early 1970s, the Robert-Bourassa development is made up of astonishing structures, including a dam as tall as a 53-story building, a reservoir three times the size of Lac Saint-Jean and the incomparable Staircase of the Giants , each step including 10 meters high. It took more than 105,000 workers to build the La Grande complex over a period of 35 years.

North Coast

Romaine-1 generating station
Reservations: 1 833 994-3648
Construction of Romaine-1 began in 2012 and the plant began producing megawatts in 2015. Romaine-1 is part of the Romaine hydroelectric complex, which includes four facilities. The Romaine-4 power station, the last of the four, will be commissioned in 2022. Before going to the power station, stop at the Pélagie Cormier portal to discover our permanent exhibition on the conservation of the environment and heritage . Tours are in French, but an audio guide in English is available.

Magdalen Islands

Magdalen Islands power station
Reservations: 418 986-7276
Commissioned in 1991, the ÃŽles-de-la-Madeleine power station is the largest diesel power station in Quebec. Its six 11,000 kW generators supply electricity to a population of nearly 13,000 people in eight communities. The islands have always relied on fuel oil to meet their energy needs. During the tour, you will learn how fuel is harnessed to generate enough electricity for local homes and businesses. Tours are in French, but an audio guide in English is available.

Laurentians

Carillon power station
Reservations: 1 800 365-5229 (toll free)
The Carillon generating station is located in the heart of a major recreational tourism hub, adjacent to the Canal-de-Carillon National Historic Site. Commissioned in 1963, it was a revolutionary installation. In addition to being the first power plant in Quebec built under the supervision of French-speaking engineers, it is also the first entirely built by Hydro-Quebec employees.

Laval

Rivière-des-Prairies generating station
Reservations: 1 800 365-5229 (toll free)
Known for its colorful interior design, the Rivière-des-Prairies power station dates back to 1929. Before it opened to the public in June 1977, the interior installations were repainted in primary colors, which were all the rage at the time but not often seen in the power stations. During the visit, observe the arrangement and symmetrical composition of the architectural elements and the vertical lines of the plant, characteristic of the Art Deco style.

Monteregie

Beauharnois Power plant
Reservations: 1 800 365-5229 (toll free)
Located in the heart of the Montérégie town of Beauharnois, in the Melocheville sector, this exceptional facility was built in 1932. A designated national historic site, Beauharnois is Hydro-Québec’s most powerful run-of-river power station and one of the largest in the world. Every second enough water flows Beauharnois central to fill three Olympic swimming pools. With its 36 production units spread over nearly one kilometer, it plays a key role in the Hydro-Québec network.

Electrium Electricity Interpretation Center
Reservations: 1 800 267-4558 (toll free)
A visit to the Électrium electricity interpretation center is a must for visitors of all ages who want to know everything about electricity. Find out how electricity manifests itself in the physical and magnetic phenomena of nature and how it is produced in Quebec.

Outaouais

Rapides-Farmer generating station
Reservations: 1 800 365-5229 (toll free)
Commissioned in 1927, the Rapides-Farmer generating station was acquired by Hydro-Québec in 1963 and this heritage gem continues to produce electricity today. Your visit will unveil the secrets of the river, which was first used to transport wood and then to generate hydroelectricity. You will be amazed by the unique facilities, including a weir that drains water into the old river bed Gatineau.

To find out more, visit hydroquebec.com/visit.

SOURCE Hydro-Quebec

For further information: Caroline Des Rosiers, spokesperson, [email protected], 514 289-5005

Related links

https://www.hydroquebec.com/

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