Daniel-Johnson Dam and Manic-5 Generating Station

Visit a magnificent dam, a symbol of Québec engineering. A memorable trip!

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Spellbinding

Let yourself be mesmerized by Daniel-Johnson dam, the highest 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 or on the crest—plenty of thrills are guaranteed!

Don’t miss it!

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Did you know?

From Pole to Pole

If you took all the concrete used to build Daniel-Johnson dam, you could make a sidewalk from the North Pole to the South.

Out of the blue

An asteroid that hit the Earth 214 million years ago created the immense crater that is now Manicouagan reservoir.

Colossal

The entire Place Ville-Marie office tower in downtown Montréal could fit under the main arch of Daniel-Johnson dam, the highest multiple-arch-and-buttress dam in the world.

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Question from: Benoît, Longueuil

Answer from: Philippe, tour guide at Manic-5 generating station

How much water does Manicouagan reservoir hold?
Manicouagan reservoir holds 2,255,000 m3 of water, making it one of the biggest freshwater reservoirs in the world. It covers two and half times the area of Lac Saint-Jean.

Question from: Andrew, Montréal

Answer from: Caroline, tour guide at Manic-5 generating station

What type of fish live in the reservoir?
There are different types of fish, such as pike, lake trout, lake whitefish and ouananiche (landlocked salmon).

Question from: Richard, Trois-Rivières

Answer from: Valérie, tour guide at Manic-5 generating station

Where did the jobsite get its concrete for construction?
A concrete plant was built on site and a quarry there produced aggregate of the right sizes. The cement powder, though, was supplied by Ciment St-Laurent. It was shipped to Baie-Comeau in an old oil tanker, then driven to the jobsite by truck.

Follow the guides!

Our guides know what they’re talking about. They’ve been specially trained to make sure you have a rewarding experience that meets your expectations. They’ll be delighted to tailor your tour to match the goal you have in mind and the profile of your group.

Our interactive educational tours are full of facts and most of them are fun for the entire family. Don’t be shy about asking questions: our guides are very knowledgeable. Your curiosity will be satisfied!

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School tours

School tours

Tours of Hydro-Québec generating stations and interpretation centres are an ideal way for your students to gain a very practical understanding of electricity. Our lively guides will soon get everyone interested in the history of Hydro-Québec, the different energy sources, electricity and hydropower generation.

A fun, free, educational field trip!

Schedule and practical information

Maximum number of visitors

120

Supervision

These are the recommended ratios for adults accompanying groups:

  • Ages 9 to 12: 1 adult for every 1 to 10 pupils
  • Ages 13 to 17: 1 adult for every 1 to 20 pupils

For safety’s sake, teachers and accompanying adults must remain with their charges throughout the tour and help the guides.

Pre-visit preparation

Age-appropriate tours

Tours of Hydro-Québec facilities are an excellent complement to the Québec Education Program. They reinforce the acquisition and development of several competencies in the areas of math, science and technology, social science and more.

Broad Areas of Learning

  • Environmental awareness and consumer rights and responsibilities

Areas of learning and competencies

  • Science and Technology: Competency 1, 2 and 3

Essential knowledge related to competencies

  • Material World: Energy, Forces and Motion, Systems and interaction, Appropriate language
  • Earth and Space: Matter, Energy, Appropriate language

Broad Areas of Learning

  • Personal and career planning
  • Environmental awareness and consumer rights and responsibilities

Areas of learning and competencies

  • Science and Technology: Competency 1, 2 and 3
  • Social Sciences: Competency 1 and 2

Essential knowledge related to competencies

  • Material World: Energy, Forces and Motion, Systems and interaction, Appropriate language
  • Earth and Space: Energy, Appropriate language
  • Knowledge related to the organization of a society in its territory: Québec society around 1980
  • Knowledge related to change in a society and its territory: Québec society between 1905 and 1980

Broad Areas of Learning

  • Personal and career planning
  • Environmental awareness and consumer rights and responsibilities

Areas of learning and competencies

  • Science and Technology: Competency 2 and 3
  • Social Sciences: Competency 1

Topics

  • Regional geography
  • History of the Manic-Outarde complex
  • Generating facility
  • Hydroelectric power generation
  • Tour of a turbine shaft
  • Visit of the inside of the dam
  • Astrobleme (meteorite crater)

Complements the following programs

  • Science
  • Humanities
  • Engineering programs
  • Industrial electronics programs

Topics

  • Regional geography
  • History of the Manic-Outarde complex
  • Generating facility
  • Hydroelectric power generation
  • Tour of a turbine shaft
  • Visit of the inside of the dam
  • Astrobleme (meteorite crater)

We adapt the visit according to your needs.

Topics

  • Regional geography
  • History of the Manic-Outarde complex
  • Generating facility
  • Hydroelectric power generation
  • Tour of a turbine shaft
  • Visit of the inside of the dam
  • Astrobleme (meteorite crater)
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A very rewarding visit! Human genius has no limits! It’s incredible. Impressive!

Suzie Bouchard, Sherbrooke

Visitors’ comments

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Very interesting. We won’t take our electricity for granted anymore.

Louise and Alain Dumont, Val-David

Impressive. It’s outsized, pure and simple. Thank you for the very well guided and much appreciated tour.

Ginette Paquette, Victoriaville

Thank you so much! It was a wonderful tour. My father worked on the dam, so this was a very special occasion for me.

Johanne Boucher

A childhood dream come true!

Micheline Poulin, Chartierville

We really liked it. We came all the way from Terrebonne to see the dam, and it was worth the trip!

Hélène Tessier and Renald Lavigne

A really nice tour. It’s magnificent. The guide really knows his history and is enthusiastic about passing it on.

Jocelyne Chevarie

Schedule and practical information

Schedule and practical information

Admission

Free

Summer schedule

June 24–August 31, 2014

Daily tours in french: 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Tours in English are available for groups of 10 or more. Reservations required.

Length of tour

90 minutes

School groups

May 1–June 23, 2014

By appointment only.

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What you should know

ID card

ID required

Visitors aged 18 years and over must present official photo ID (medicare card, driver’s licence or passport) to tour a facility.

Free guided tours

Tours are led by qualified, dynamic guides.

Time of arrival

Tours start at set times. You should be there 15 minutes in advance.

Age

For safety reasons, tours are not recommended for children younger than two.

Clothing

Flat, closed shoes are recommended.
Take a warm sweater, because it’s cool inside the dam, even in summer.

Accessibility

The tour is by bus, but includes stops with some walking and climbing steps.

Notice to pacemaker users

Notice to pacemaker users

The electromagnetic fields in power plants may disrupt pacemaker operation. As a precaution, pacemaker users will not be allowed during the part of the guided tour that takes place in the generating station.

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Services

  • Picnic area
  • Free parking
  • Gift shop
  • Partially accessible to persons with a physical impairment
  • Restrooms

Information and reservations

1 866 LAMANIC (1 866 526-2642)

E-mail

Groups of 10 or more, Reservations required at all times.

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How to get there

Daniel-Johnson Dam and Manic-5 Generating Station

Kilometre 214, Highway 389 N


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