The visit of the large dams is an extremely popular free activity, whether you are alone or in groups, for over 40 years. The first suggested stop is 22 kilometers from Baie-Comeau to the Georges-Dor Pavilion, where you have the chance to visit the Jean-Lesage plant (Manic-2). Afterwards, continue your way until kilometer 214 of the route 389 and visit the largest multiple-arch buttress dam in the world: the Daniel-Johnson Dam (Manic-5).
Rich in natural resources, the North Shore has its origins and expansion in industries that have recognized its high potential. Some large companies offer the possibility of guided tours of their facilities.
Manic-2- Jean-Lesage Power Plant
Hydroelectric facility located 30 minutes from Baie-Comeau, Manic-2 consists of a large gravity dam with hollow-joint cavities linked to a plant powerful enough to provide electricity to a city of 250,000 inhabitants.
Georges-Dor Pavilion welcomes you with a replica of a life-size turbine, an exhibition hall and a screening room which shows the construction and operation of a plant. The rule to follow: you must show an ID to access the sites.
Schedule : June 24 to August 31. Free admission.
Manic-5: Daniel-Johnson dam
A masterpiece of architecture and a true monument of Québec engineering, the Daniel-Johnson dam is a must-see of the North Shore. Enthroned at almost 366 m above sea level, it offers a stunning view of the reservoir and the glacial valley of the region. Whether you are at his feet, on his crest or inside, you are guaranteed to experience thrills during the visit of the dam. Approximate time: 2 hours.
Schedule: June 24 to August 31.
Aluminerie Alouette (Sept-Îles)
Aluminerie Alouette has been producing primary aluminum since 1992. The company is now first class in America in terms of production with an annual capacity of 600 000 tonnes.
The plant, at the cutting edge of technology, operates in the greatest respect for the environment which it shares with the community. The largest employer in Sept-Îles, Alouette has nearly 1000 employees.
Required clothing for the visit: long pants, long sleeves and closed shoes with flat heels.
Prohibitions: persons with cardiac pacemakers, pregnant women, cameras, magnetic cards, watches, jewelry and lighters. Minimum age: 12 years. For groups of 15 people, reservations preferred.
Schedule: mid-June to late August: Tuesday to Saturday, 8 pm 45 and 13 h 15. Admission: Free.
Situé à une vingtaine de kilomètres de Fermont, le complexe minier d'ArcelorMittal Exploitation minière Canada s.e.n.c. emploie environ 1 500 personnes. On y retrouve une mine à ciel ouvert ainsi qu'une usine de concentration. Ces installations sont assorties d'un impressionnant parc d'équipement minier qui comprend les plus gros camions de production de tout l’est du Canada ainsi que les plus grosses pelles à câbles au monde. Manches longues et souliers fermés à talons plats obligatoires. Âge minimum : 10 ans (accompagné). Groupe maximal de 15 personnes. Caméra vidéo interdite.
Horaire : mi-juin à mi-août. Entrée: gratuite. Réservations obligatoires auprès du Bureau d’information touristique de Fermont.