Cité de l'énergie feux d'artifice

La Cité and its exhibitions

La Cité de l'énergie's vast site is divided in two different sectors: the Science Center as well as the Historic Sector.

Choose your visit

Complete Visit
Includes both the Science Center
the Historic Sector
Partial Visit
Visit the Science Center
the historic sector

The Museum of Prime Minister Jean Chrétien is included in both visits.
Running out of time to complete your visit? Tickets are valid for an unlimited period of time.

Discover the Complex

Science Center

Planète Énergie - The Experience

Planète énergie Cité de l'énergie
New for 2018

On your arrival, the enigmatic flight of real “energy fireflies” will lead you to an immersive multimedia environment where energy is presented as a strong as well as mysterious and familiar phenomenon. Striking multisensory effects quickly plunge viewer into the Sun’s core, primary energy source on earth, and give him the opportunity to discover through this fantastic voyage new forms of energy as well as their worldwide impacts.

Planète Énergie - the Journey

Planète énergie Cité de l'énergie
New For 2018

The new permanent exhibition at Cité de l’énergie, La Planète Énergie, will invite people to be aware of the delicate balance all around the world between nature, energy, and human society

The exhibition will propose, with the help of 20 interactive stations, a voyage through the present and the future thus providing an opportunity to reflect upon our energy choices resulting in both a participative and cognitive experience.

Hydro-Québec Observation Tower

Tour Cité de l'énergie

From atop the Observation Tower, once part of a Hydro-Québec steel tower, you’ll enjoy a spectacular view of Shawinigan and its surrounding areas. At 115 meters high, it is the second highest tower in Quebec. Zoom to the summit in a panoramic elevator.

This steel tower, symbolizing electrical energy, quickly became the landmark of Cité de l’Énergie. Contemplate the beautiful landscapes of La Mauricie and the quality of urban lifestyle in Shawinigan.

Museum of Prime Minister Jean Chrétien

Musée du Premier ministre Jean Chrétien

Historical and political exhibition showcasing Canada on an international level. It features hundreds of invaluable gifts given to the Right Honourable Jean Chrétien, former Prime Minister of Canada, during his official duties.

Historic sector

Pontoon CrosSing

Ponton Cité de l'énergie

Enjoy your crossing on the Saint Maurice river in a pontoon during summer (or in a tramway style bus during winter) that will lead you to the entrance of an old powerhouse erected in 1899.

TRolleybus Transportation

Trolleybus Cité de l'énergie

From the dock, a tramway style bus brings you to the entry of an old powerhouse built in 1899.

N.A.C. Powerhouse

Centrale NAC Cité de l'énergie

Exploring the insides of the defunct Northern Aluminum Company's (N.A.C.) powerhouse means you are well on your way to discovering the era of bygone power stations. The first ever powerhouse on this site to have generated hydroelectricity, the N.A.C. is henceforth destined to become a huge exhibition hall. Refurbished and restored into a spacious exhibition hall, the venue hosts the entire collection of industrial machinery belonging to Cité de l'énergie and Hydro-Québec.

Visitors to the N.A.C. powerhouse are invited to download the Tour Rallies mobile application in order to participate in an interactive rally.

Shawinigan-2 Powerhouse

Centrale de Shawinigan-2 Hydro-Québec

Built in 1910 and brought into service in 1911, the Shawinigan-2 powerhouse, early equipment and all, is still fully operational. Do come and discover this gem among gems in Québec's hydroelectric heritage. 

Last expanded in 1928, the last section of this powerhouse was inspired by the Art Deco style. Equipped with five (5) horizontal generating units and three (3) vertical generating units, the powerhouse was operating at the time with the most powerful equipment in the country.

Included in the complete visit or partial visit of the historic sector

Jardins de la Synergie

Jardins Cité de l'énergie

Jardins de la Synergie encompass three (3) square kilometres of land that shelters 450 varieties of annuals and perennials as well as a diversity of shrubs and trees that extravagantly display a profusion of colours and textures.

You can survey and find delight in a multitude of enticing picnic sites, inviting wooded trails, terraces and river banks. The quiet beauty of our gardens helps make your visit a most enjoyable experience.

Sightseeing Tour

Tour de ville Cité de l'énergie

La Cité de l'énergie offers its visitors a guided tour of Shawinigan aboard a tramway style bus.

You will discover the various facets of the Shawinigan history, its architectural treasures, and the exceptional urban planning.
There must be a minimum of 15 passengers (Max. 42) for a departure. Departure times are subject to change.

St. Maurice River Cruise

Ponton Cité de l'énergie

Once you have comfortably settled on board the ferry (pontoon boat), the lazy swells of the Saint-Maurice River will soon have you bewitched while you listen enraptured by the spellbinding narrative of our very own captain. He tells the tale of the millions of wood logs that travelled on the river for the Mauricie sawmills and paper mills.

IThere must be a minimum of 15 passengers (Max. 42) for a departure. Cruise departure times are subject to change.

Group visits are available year round upon reservation