The Électrium

An electrifying interpretation centre for the whole family! Have fun learning more about electricity with our interactive installations, dynamic guides and informative videos.

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Spotlight on electricity!

Learn all about electricity in nature and in the human body: electric eels, lightning, the Northern Lights and nerve impulses. Try to set new records and test your reflexes.

Get an introduction to the laws of electricity and electron movement and discover voltage, electric circuits, magnetic fields and more. And, of course, learn all there is to know about hydropower. Get an overview of how electricity is generated in Québec and the technological innovations that are changing everything.

At the Électrium, knowledge is within your power!

Watch the L'Électrium : une expérience inusitée video (in French only) [1 min. 08 sec.]

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Did you know?

Electricity: A world of possibilities

Running, dreaming, feeling, laughing, tasting … All depend on a fantastic electrical system: our central nervous system!

48 ten-watt compact fluorescent lightbulbs

Electric eels, Electrophorus electricus, are really powerful. They discharge enough electricity to light up 48 ten-watt CFLs.

Hair-raising experience

The Électrium’s Van de Graaff generator produces 400,000 V of static electricity.

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Question from: Thomas, Montréal

Answer from: Marilou, tour guide at the Électrium

Where do electric eels come from?
Electric eels live in the fresh, muddy water of the Orinoco and Amazon watersheds, in northern South America.

Question from: Luc, Saint-Bruno

Answer from: Victor, tour guide at the Électrium

Why aren’t Hydro-Québec’s transmission lines made of copper?
Copper is a better conductor than aluminum or steel, it’s true. But those two metals were chosen to carry electricity in our grid for various reasons: aluminum is lighter than copper, doesn’t oxidize and is less expensive. But aluminum isn’t rigid enough, so bundles of steel wires must be added to the centre to keep the lines from buckling.

Question from: Julianne, Varennes

Answer from: Mélyssa, tour guide at the Électrium

Why do the electric arcs in the plasma lamp follow your hand when you touch the glass?
The human body conducts electricity because it is 70% water. That’s why your hand on the glass attracts the electric arc. But glass is a good insulator, so it protects you from the electricity in the plasma lamp.

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 90 people per visit.

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.

Double Hydro combo

For an electrifying day, combine a tour of the Électrium with a visit to Beauharnois generating station!

Ask our guides about the combo packages when booking.

Electromagnetism workshop for Grade 10 students

Explore magnetism and electromagnetism in a whole new way with a thematic workshop specifically designed for Grade 10 students.

An original way to apply the concepts learned in class and to put them into practice. Students will test their knowledge, manipulate, experiment, deduce and be challenged on three models: the transformer, the electromagnet and the electric motor.

Key topics include magnetic fields created by:

  • Magnets
  • Current-carrying conductors
  • Solenoids

The entire activity, including the tour and workshop, lasts 2 to 2 ½ hours.

The maximum number of students is 60.

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
  • Health and well-being

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
  • Living Things: Systems and interaction, Appropriate language

Broad Areas of Learning

  • Environmental awareness and consumer rights and responsibilities
  • Health and well-being

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: Energy, Appropriate language
  • Living Things: Systems and interaction, 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

  • Environmental awareness and consumer rights and responsibilities
  • Personal and career planning
  • Health and well-being

Domaines d'apprentissage et compétences

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

Topics

  • Electrical system of the human body
  • Electric fish
  • Lightning, northern lights and the earth’s magnetic field
  • Atomic structure
  • Electrolysis of water
  • Electric circuits
  • Ohm's law
  • Conductors and insulators
  • Power transmission and the Joule effect
  • Experiments with the static electricity generator
  • Power generation
  • Electromagnetism
  • Operating a transformer
  • Hydro-Québec power grid

Complements the following programs

  • Science
  • Humanities
  • Engineering programs
  • Industrial electronics programs

Topics

  • Electrical system of the human body
  • Electric fish
  • Lightning, northern lights and the earth?s magnetic field
  • Atomic structure
  • Electrolysis of water
  • Electric circuits
  • Ohm's law
  • Conductors and insulators
  • Power transmission and the Joule effect
  • Experiments with the static electricity generator
  • Power generation
  • Electromagnetism
  • Operating a transformer
  • Hydro-Québec power grid

We tailor the tour to suit your needs.

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Really interesting, for ages 7 to 77.

Visitors’ comments

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I liked the eel a lot. The electrical stuff is interesting and instructive. Bravo!
I really loved everything about electricity, it’s really cool!
Victor is really funny and lively! We love him! :-)
The children loved it. It’s a really interesting activity. Thank you! Good job!

Schedule and practical information

Schedule and practical information

Admission

Free

Open year-round

Summer schedule

From June to August

Daily: 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Closed June 24, Open July 1

Groups of 10 or more, by appointment only. As available.

Length of tour

90-120 minutes

Schedule

From September to May

Monday to Friday 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The schedule varies during the Holiday Season.

Reservations required

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What you should know

Free guided tours

Tours are led by qualified, dynamic guides.

Time of arrival

We suggest arriving at least an hour and a half before closing time so you can have a full tour and enjoy everything.

Age

Because of their scientific content, tours are recommended for children aged seven and up.

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Services

  • Picnic area
  • Free parking
  • Charging station for electric vehicule
  • Accessible to people with physical limitations
  • Gift shop
  • Restrooms

Information and reservations

1 800 267-4558
450 652-8977

E-mail

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

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How to get there

The Électrium - Hydro-Québec's Electricity Interpretation Centre

2001, rue Michael-Faraday
Sainte-Julie (Québec)


* Highway 30, exit 87
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