Carillon Generating Station

A power plant in an enchanting setting. A great family outing!

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An enchanting setting

Built near Long-Sault, site of the historic battle between Dollard des Ormeaux’s men and the Iroquois, Carillon is the most powerful hydroelectric generating station on the Rivière des Outaouais (Ottawa River).

You’re bound to be impressed by the sheer size of the facilities. Enjoy the spectacular setting as you visit the lock and watch boats go right through the dam!

And to top it all off, why not have a picnic in the lovely park right next door?

An awe-inspiring experience!

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Did you know?

Right on the border

The generating station is in Québec, but the spillway is in Ontario.

Adaptable turbine

The Rivière des Outaouais (Ottawa River) has a mean flow rate of 2,000 m3/s, but during the spring freshet season, it can reach up to 8,000 m3/s! The Kaplan turbine can handle it: the vane angle adjusts to the quantity of water.

Made in French

In the 1960s, Carillon generating station became the first ever built by a team of French-Canadian engineers.

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Question from: Carole, Pointe-Claire

Answer from: Juliette, tour guide at Carillon generating station

How much electricity does Carillon generate?
With its 14 generating units, Carillon produces 753 million watts! That’s enough for about 150,000 households!

Question from: Michel, Lachute

Answer from: Dominik, tour guide at Carillon generating station

Is Carillon the only generating station on the Rivière des Outaouais (Ottawa River)?
Carillon is the 17th and last generating station the river flows through. But not all the stations belong to Hydro-Québec. The river is a natural border between Québec and Ontario, and the electric utilities in both provinces share this renewable energy source.

Question from: Émilie, Mirabel

Answer from: Juliette, tour guide at Carillon generating station

How fast do the turbines go?
Carillon’s generating units run at a constant 97.3 rpm. A dizzying speed!

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

60 people, including students and escorts. We form a second group when there are more than 30 people.

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

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

  • History of the site (Battle of Long-Sault)
  • Hydroelectric power generation
  • Producing electricity through electromagnetic induction
  • How a generating unit works
  • Tour of a turbine shaft
  • Canal systems of yesterday and today
  • How locks operate
  • Discovery of surroundings

Complements the following programs

  • Science
  • Humanities
  • Engineering programs
  • Industrial electronics programs

Topics

  • History of the site (Battle of Long-Sault)
  • Hydroelectric power generation
  • Producing electricity through electromagnetic induction
  • How a generating unit works
  • Tour of a turbine shaft
  • Canal systems of yesterday and today
  • How locks operate
  • Discovery of surroundings

We tailor the tour to suit your needs.

Topics

  • History of the site (Battle of Long-Sault)
  • Hydroelectric power generation
  • Producing electricity through electromagnetic induction
  • How a generating unit works
  • Tour of a turbine shaft
  • Canal systems of yesterday and today
  • How locks operate
  • Discovery of surroundings
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Visitors’ comments

Read more comments
Worth the visit. Everyone should tell other people to come, too. Thank you.
Wonderful visit!
My son loved it. Thank you.
Marie-Noëlle is a fantastic guide. She makes good use of the materials when she explains things. Congratulations.
Thank you for offering these tours.

Schedule and practical information

Schedule and practical information

Admission

Free

Schedule

Open from May 19 to August 31, 2014

From May 19 to June 20, 2014

Monday to Friday:
9:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 2:45 p.m.

From June 25 to August 31, 2014

Wednesday to Sunday:
9:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 2:45 p.m

Reservations required at all times for groups of 10 or more.

Length of tour

90 minutes

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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.

Accessibility

Tours are on foot and include some stairs.

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
  • Near a bicycle path
  • Partially accessible to persons with a physical impairment
  • Restrooms

Information and reservations

1 800 365-5229

E-mail

Reservations required at all times for groups of 10 or more.

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How to get there

Carillon Generating Station

240, rue du Barrage,
Saint-André-d'Argenteuil, Québec
J0V 1X0


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