Îles-de-la-Madeleine Generating Station

Don’t miss touring the largest diesel-fired generating station in Québec next time you’re in this beautiful part of the world.

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A site where history meets modernity!

Come tour the largest diesel-fired generating station in Québec.

Located 225 km from the Gaspé Peninsula in the very heart of the Golfe du Saint-Laurent, the Îles-de-la-Madeleine have always relied on fuel oil to meet their energy needs.

The power plant’s six 11,000-kW generating sets supply electrical power to a population of nearly 13,000, in eight communities.

Take a tour and learn all about electricity on the islands!

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Did you know?

Inspired by the navy

The generating station works like a gigantic generator and uses engines similar to those on ships.

Safety first

The Îles-de-la-Madeleine thermal generating station has its very own volunteer fire fighters! They’re always ready to act quickly until the municipal fire department arrives. They can also help out with local fires.

7,000 customers

The six 11,000-kW generating sets in the Îles-de-la-Madeleine generating station run nonstop to keep thousands of customers supplied with power.

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Question from: Lise, Rimouski

Answer from: Mélina, tour guide at Îles-de-la-Madeleine generating station

What year did the generating station start operating?
It was commissioned in 1991.

Question from: Jean-François, Bois-des-Fillions

Answer from: Clémence, tour guide at Îles-de-la-Madeleine generating station

Is it the only generating station on the islands?
No, there’s a smaller one on Île d’Entrée.

Question from: Marie-Hélène, Québec

Answer from: Johannie, tour guide at Îles-de-la-Madeleine generating station

Is there a night crew?
Yes, there are people working there 24/7!

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

Maximum of 25 people per visit, including students and escorts.


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

  • 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

We tailor the tour to suit your needs.


  • History of the generating station and its construction
  • Thermal energy
  • Power generation
  • Diesel engine

We tailor the tour to suit your needs.


  • History of the generating station and its construction
  • Thermal energy
  • Power generation
  • Diesel engine
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All-round excellent. WOW.

Visitors’ comments

Read more comments
Thanks very much. Very well explained, with a lovely smile and a sense of humor.
Good explanation of the site and the technology.
I really appreciated the knowledgeable guide and her explanations. Thank you.
Thank you very much. I think it’s great that we can tour our generating stations.
Very good initiative on the part of management.

Schedule and practical information

Schedule and practical information



Reservation required at least 24 hours in advance

Summer Schedule

June 13 to August 26, 2022

Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Length of tour

75 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.



Flat, closed shoes are mandatory. To enter the power plant, visitors must wear safety equipment that is provided by the interpretation center (helmet, glasses and headphones).

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.


The tour is recommended for school-aged children but not for children under the age of two, for safety reasons.


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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  • Free parking
  • Charging station for electric vehicule
  • Restrooms


To book a visit, please fill out the reservation form [in French only].



418 986-7276

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How to get there

Îles-de-la-Madeleine Generating Station

1034, chemin de La Vernière
Îles-de-la-Madeleine, Qc
G4T 1R3

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Other sights in the area

To find out about other activities or plan your trip to the area, go to QuébecOriginal.com.

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