Hydro-Québec Opens the Doors to its Head Office
Attractions to discover, August 31, 2015 2015-08-31
Hydro-Québec head office
Hydro-Québec head office, Montréal
Get back to the source and discover how the hydroelectric network was developed in the province. This is what you’ll learn when you visit the Hydro-Québec head office. Located in downtown Montréal, this building has been part of the urban landscape since the 1960s. It was one of the first skyscrapers built in the city and is easy to recognize thanks to the huge lit-up yellow sign representing the famous logo of this government agency. This 27-story building contains mysteries and characteristics you can uncover only with a visit.

Have your questions ready and follow the guide!

The fun and informative visit is hosted by an expert guide, whose vast knowledge is sure to impress. The guides have no less than 100,000 answers about electricity at their fingertips. Go ahead and ask your questions!

The head office is open all year from Monday to Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Guided tours are offered Friday at 3:30 p.m., but groups of five people or more can book a tour at other times, subject to availability. There is also a visit focussing on the history of Hydro-Québec targeted to high school groups with the possibility of adding a segment on the production of hydroelectricity.

Admire a key feature of Quebec’s cultural heritage

Manic-5 generating station
Manic-5 generating station

At the Hydro-Québec head office, even art is electrifying! You’ll see it as soon as you step into the main hall. The splendid mural by Jean-Paul Mousseau, titled Lumière en mouvement dans la couleur (light and movement within colour), is a perpetually changing work of art. Inaugurated in 1962, it is illuminated by eight colours of neon tubes that alternate at random.

Many other Hydro-Québec facilities are open to the public in almost every region of Quebec: hydroelectric dams like the spectacular Manic-5 generating station and the diesel-fired generating station in Îles-de-la-Madeleine as well as the interpretation centres. There are so many ways to discover Hydro-Québec’s infrastructures.

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