La Cité de l'énergie's vast site is divided in two different sectors: the Science Center as well as 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
From the dock, a tramway style bus brings you to the entry of an old powerhouse built in 1899.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.