| Free guided tours

Departures from the heritage railway station, from Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tour the outdoor interpretation center with our guides. (Exact departure times may vary.) Duration: about 50 minutes. Tours are free. No reservations required.

For more information or to plan your visit and make a reservation, click here!

| Free guided tours of the Lac-Mégantic microgrid

Our free guided tours continue this fall! Departures from the heritage railway station will continue on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. until October 9; exact times may vary. Duration: about one hour. (Tours are in French.) Learn more

June 2022 | Free guided tours of the Lac-Mégantic microgrid

Free guided tours all summer long! Departures from the heritage railway station, from Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; exact times may vary. Duration: about an hour. (Tours are in French.) Learn more

June 2022 | The only fire station of its kind in Québec is under construction!

The fire department will be connected to the Lac-Mégantic microgrid and feature the most advanced energy technologies:

  • Two-sided solar panels to generate electricity
  • Energy storage batteries
  • Energy management and control system

Thanks to its energy-efficient thermal envelope and technologies that reduce energy use, the fire station will also be a model of energy efficiency

December 2021 | Inauguration of the microgrid pavilion in the spirit of the holidays

Discover the architectural pavilion in downtown Lac‑Mégantic, at the very heart of the microgrid discovery tour. Take a look at the dashboard to follow the real‑time energy consumption and production of local buildings and the 72 solar panels on the roof of the pavilion that power the nearby heritage railway station and electric vehicle charging stations. The pavilion is a public gathering place that will host community activities.

On Saturday, December 4, kindergarten students at École Notre‑Dame‑de‑Fatima presented a Christmas concert to mark the pavilion’s inauguration and the start of the holiday season.

July 2021 | The Lac‑Mégantic microgrid discovery tour

Check out the Lac‑Mégantic microgrid discovery tour between the train station and the substation located near the town’s sports center. The tour will give you an idea of what the future has in store energy‑wise! Identify the buildings housing various technologies and learn more about how the microgrid works. Visit the exhibition in the heritage railway station—open throughout the summer—and learn, among other things, how electricity came to Lac‑Mégantic, at the instigation of Father Joseph‑Eugène‑Edmond Choquette, nicknamed the “Electric Priest.”

July 6, 2021 | Québec’s very first microgrid inaugurated in Lac-Mégantic!

Thank you to the contributors and to all the citizens of Lac-Mégantic who attended the official inauguration of the town’s microgrid, a groundbreaking project for an innovative, forward-looking community!

When planning the reconstruction of its downtown core following the rail disaster of July 2013, Lac-Mégantic set itself the challenge of becoming a hub of technological innovation. At the same time, Hydro-Québec was embarking on a major energy transition. The convergence of these two visions resulted in the microgrid, designed collaboratively over the months that ensued.

During a discussion panel, Hydro-Québec President and CEO Sophie Brochu and Lac-Mégantic Mayor Julie Morin highlighted the completion of this unifying project—a source of pride for both the city of Lac-Mégantic and Hydro-Québec. In particular, they discussed what comes next for this promising project. Watch the discussion panel again on Facebook [in French only].
From left to right, in front of the Lac-Mégantic microgrid substation: Éric Filion, Executive Vice President – Distribution, approvisionnement et services partagés for Hydro-Québec, Jonatan Julien, Québec Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, Julie Morin, Mayor of Lac‑Mégantic, Marie-Claude Bibeau, federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri‑Food, and Sophie Brochu, President and CEO of Hydro‑Québec.
Jonatan Julien, Québec Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, and Éric Filion, Executive Vice President – Distribution, approvisionnement et services partagés, at the lectern during the press conference.

April 21, 2021 | The Lac-Mégantic microgrid project wins a Prix Novae 2021

The eighth edition of the Novae 2021 competition features 20 outstanding projects that apply innovation and originality to address social and environmental issues and have demonstrated the relevance and efficiency of their approaches. The unique partnership between Hydro-Québec land the town of Lac-Mégantic led to the development of Québec’s first microgrid and a technology showcase.

July 14, 2020 | Information session: Pavillon du microréseau

Public information session in the town of Lac-Mégantic on the Pavillon du microréseau (microgrid pavilion) livestreamed on Facebook. Watch or rewatch the session here (in French).

May 19, 2020 | The town of Lac-Mégantic hosts a public information session

A public information session on the rollout of Québec’s first microgrid was livestreamed on Facebook. Watch or rewatch the session here: first part, second part (in French only).

CANCELLATION - March 20 2020 | Lac-Mégantic microgrid open house – Centre sportif Mégantic

An innovative project in the heart of downtown


When will the microgrid be commissioned?
Where will the solar panels be installed?
What do the energy storage systems look like?
Why is the project part of the energy transition?

For answers to these questions and more, visit our information booths. We’d love to talk to you!

  • Centre sportif Mégantic
  • 5400, rue Papineau, Lac-Mégantic

Friday, March 20, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m

Event cancelled in accordance with the measures taken by the Government of Québec to limit the spread of COVID-19.

February 22, 2020 | Carnaval Mégantuque

Hydro-Québec representatives were on hand to chat with local residents and visitors about the microgrid.

Hydro-Québec representatives at a microgrid information kiosk during the Mégantuque festival
David-Olivier Goulet, Pierre-François Neumann Chayer and Vincent Pivin d’Hydro-Québec

January 2020 | Work on the Promenade Papineau

As part of the Lac-Mégantic microgrid project, work is underway to apply energy efficiency measures in buildings on Promenade Papineau.

Upgrades and improvements to mechanical HVAC systems will improve the working environment and overall comfort inside the buildings, while targeted energy management adapted to actual usage will result in energy savings.

Commerces situés sur la Promenade Papineau

August 29, 2019 | Canada Invests in Smart Grid Technologies in Lac-Mégantic

“To combat climate change, Canada needs new and innovative approaches to generating clean power. That is why supporting community-level smart grid projects that align with provincial priorities is a key component of the Government of Canada’s approach to a clean energy future.” Source: Natural Resources Canada.

May 29, 2019 | Conference 3 – Energy efficiency in residential buildings

Last conference of the season on another important aspect of the energy transition: energy efficiency in terms of optimizing energy use in residential buildings.

Pierre Brisson, Transition énergétique Québec; Patrick Martineau, Hydro-Québec; and Fabienne Joly from the city of Lac-Mégantic’s Bureau de reconstruction.

March 28, 2019 | Conference 2 –Transportation electrification

Second conference in the Bâtisseurs de solutions énergétiques (Building Energy Solutions) series, presented in Lac-Mégantic.

Daniela Levasseur, Advisor – Transportation Electrification, Hydro‑Québec; Frédéric Durand, Assistant Director – Technical Services – Buildings, Ville de Lac-Mégantic; Simone Soldati, Project Manager – Microgrid, Hydro‑Québec; and Stéphane Péloquin, Regional Director – Estrie, Association des Véhicules Électriques du Québec (AVÉQ).

January 30, 2019 | Conference 1 – Transition énergétique et microréseau de Lac-Mégantic (The energy transition and the Lac-Mégantic microgrid)

First in a series of conferences entitled Bâtisseurs de solutions énergétiques (Building Energy Solutions), presented as part of the microgrid project for Lac-Mégantic residents. The conferences are held at the Centre sportif Mégantic.

Fabienne Joly and Frédéric Durand, with the Ville de Lac-Mégantic, accompanied by Hydro‑Québec’s Marc-Antoine Pouliot and Vincent-Michel Duval. Julie Morin, Mayor of Lac-Mégantic, was also present.

July 6, 2018 | Inauguration of the microgrid center in Lac-Mégantic

Inauguration of the microgrid center in Lac-Mégantic, an interpretation center open to the public that showcases the microgrid construction project in the new downtown area of Lac-Mégantic.

Éric Filion, President, Hydro‑Québec Distribution, accompanied by the Mayor of Lac-Mégantic. Julie Morin.

March 28, 2018 | Presentation of a microgrid project

Presentation of a microgrid project at the annual meeting of the Association de l’industrie électrique du Québec (AIEQ) in Montréal.

Julie Morin, Mayor of Lac-Mégantic, and Alain Sayegh, Director – Integration of New Technologies, Hydro‑Québec.

February 23, 2018 | Announcement of microgrid project in Lac-Mégantic

Ghislain Bolduc, MNA for Mégantic, David Murray, President – Hydro‑Québec Distribution, and Julie Morin, Mayor of Lac-Mégantic.