How long is the guided tour?
The guided tour lasts about 2 hours: 30 minutes in the amphitheater and 90 minutes in the facilities. The tours are generally given in French, for an English tour please call us in advance.
Does the entire tour take place indoors?
Most of the tour is indoors, with a portion outside, including about 600 metres of walking. In case of rain, make sure to dress appropriately and bring an umbrella.
Is it absolutely necessary to make a reservation, even for one or two people?
Because spaces are limited, reservations are mandatory, regardless of the number of people, and must be made at least 24 hours in advance.
Please note that reservations are not taken over the phone.
Is the tour accessible to people with reduced mobility?
The tour is adapted for people with reduced mobility. An elevator and a van are available to avoid walking and stairs.
Please note: We do not have a wheelchair available to visitors.
Is the tour suitable for young children?
No. The tour is suitable for school‑age children. For safety reasons, children under two are advised not to participate in the tour. (See next question.)
Why is the tour not recommended for children under 2?
The tour is not recommended for the following reasons:
- Visitors must wear personal protective equipment. However, the size of this equipment is not suitable for children under 2.
- The generating station is an industrial property with high heat, noise and dust levels.
Is there a significant amount of walking during the tour?
Yes. The first part of the tour (30 minutes) takes place in the amphitheater, and the second part (90 minutes) is on foot.
Please note: A large portion of the tour is on foot, and there are many stairs to go up and down.
What clothing is recommended for the tour?
Flat, closed‑toe shoes are required.
We recommend checking the weather forecast. Bring a light jacket.
In case of rain, make sure to dress appropriately and bring an umbrella.
Note: Around the dam, the temperature is about 10°C.
Why do I need to show identification to access the facilities?
This is a requirement of Hydro‑Québec’s corporate security management team to protect personnel, visitors and equipment.
Visitors aged 18 and over must present identification (driver’s licence, health insurance card or passport) before they can tour the facility.
What time do the tours take place?
During the summer, there are four tours daily, at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m.
Please note: We recommend arriving 15 minutes in advance.
Are you allowed to take photos in the dam and the generating station?
No. For safety reasons, it is prohibited to bring a camera or any other electronic device (cell phone, tablet, MP3 player, portable music player or computer) into the generating station. These devices must be left in the bus.
However, you are permitted to take photos at other times during the tour, outside the security perimeter.
Are you allowed to bring a handbag or backpack into the dam and the generating station?
No. Visitors must leave their personal belongings (purses, backpacks, cell phones, bags, etc.) in a locked locker provided free of charge.
Please note: Visitors with a health problem (such as diabetes or severe allergies) requiring them to transport medical supplies must mention this at registration so that special measures can be taken.
Are water bottles allowed in the generating station?
Yes, but visitors must carry them at all times.
We recommend bringing a reusable water bottle.
Can people with pacemakers visit the generating station?
No. The electromagnetic fields in power plants may disrupt pacemaker operation. As a precaution, visitors with pacemakers may not participate in this part of the tour. They are invited to watch an engaging presentation about the generating station instead.
Are strollers or baby carriers allowed in the generating station to transport a child?
Is there a restaurant or cafeteria on site?
No. There are no restaurants, cafeterias or vending machines on site. However, tables are available for people who have brought their own food.
Guides can also recommend restaurants to people who would like to eat in the surrounding area.
Are there any public washrooms on site?
Yes. There are washrooms for men and women, as well as a wheelchair-accessible washroom in the interpretation center.
How do you get to the generating station?
The tour begins at the generating station’s interpretation center. From Baie‑Comeau, take Route 389 to kilometre 214.
Where can you stay in the area?
The Motel de l’Énergie (418 584‑2301 or 1 800 760‑2301) is located very close to the generating station. Guests are advised to contact the hotel and make a reservation before traveling to the area.
Note: Camping on Hydro‑Québec property is prohibited, specifically at the Daniel‑Johnson lookout at Manic‑5.
Are pets allowed to come on the tour?
No. For safety reasons, only service animals are allowed.
Is fishing allowed in the reservoir? Is there a boat ramp?
Yes. To access the boat ramp for the Manicouagan reservoir, please contact a guard at 418 294‑3401 or 1 866 900‑3401 (toll‑free), 7 days a week, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Always respect the signs when fishing near hydropower facilities.
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