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.
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 7 to August 31. Free admission.
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 7 to August 31.
Live a unique experience at the Romaine-1 power station
In Havre-Saint-Pierre, discover the central Romaine-1 by visiting three of its floors! Circulate under a penstock and feel the driving force of the water that produces electricity. View unpublished footage of a rotor installation (400 ton structure) and learn more about how hydropower works. Circulate on the dam, contemplate the reservoir and admire the breathtaking view of the valley. At the Pélagie-Cormier Center, come and see the exhibition Our Heritage and Our Environment: A Wealth to Keep. Reservation required.
June 13 to August 19
Sunday to Thursday 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Length of visit 2.5 hours (approximately)
Registration and exhibition
1010, promenade des Anciens
Aluminerie Alouette (Sept-Îles)
The 2021 tourist tour season is unfortunately canceled due to COVID-19.
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.
ArcelorMittal Exploitation minière Canada s.e.n.c - Complexe minier de Mont-Wright
Located about twenty kilometers from Fermont, the mining complex of ArcelorMittal Mining Canada S.E.N.C. employs approximately 1500 people. There is an open-pit mine and a concentrator plant. These facilities are accompanied by an impressive mining fleet, which includes the largest trucks of production throughout eastern Canada and the largest crawler cranes in the world.
Mandatory: long sleeves and closed shoes with flat heels. Minimum age: 10 years (accompanied). Maximum group of 15 people. Forbidden camera.
Schedule: mid-June to mid-August. Free admissio.
Reservations required by the Tourist Information Office of Fermont.