Activities in 2016

  • The interpretation centre at the Brutalist-inspired Daniel-Johnson Dam/Manic-5 Generating Station has been given a makeover. The new exhibition, which opened in June and includes 18 new objects from the Hydro-Québec Historical Collection, synthesizes knowledge about the company’s built, technical and intangible heritage.
  • A new exhibition, Au travail à la centrale, was added to the Shawinigan-2 generating station. The exhibition highlights 15 objects from the Hydro-Québec Historical Collection.
  • A new interpretation centre opened at the Beauharnois generating station in June. The new building includes a restored terrazzo room with a fleur-de-lys from a nearby former service building. Entitled Beauharnois Generating Station: Exceptional since 1932, the exhibition also points up some new heritage objects: a control panel (displayed inside) and two turbine wheels (displayed outdoors).
  • Some 60 objects from the Hydro-Québec Historical Collection, including period apparel worn by meter readers, have been variously highlighted at different sites.
  • Rehabilitation of the head office curtain wall to preserve the structure’s original architectural elements. Built between 1958 and 1962, the building is part of Hydro-Québec’s built heritage.

Archaeological discoveries

Construction of the De Lorimier substation and underground lines was undertaken to ensure the long-term operability and reliability of the electricity network. During the construction phase, we closely monitored the work zone, since archaeological studies had indicated the presence of a former cemetery in the vicinity. Indeed, a number of gravesites were found, some with coffins, under Boul. René-Lévesque between Rue Jeanne-Mance and Rue Saint-Urbain, very close to Hydro-Québec’s head office. Timber crates containing skeletal remains were also unearthed. The site is a former Protestant cemetery of the Faubourg Saint-Laurent (1799–1854) that had been turned into a public park called Dufferin Square in the late 19th century. The remains are believed to have belonged to about 40 people who were buried in the early 1800s, some just 40 cm from the surface.