CANTLEY, QC, June 18, 2018 /CNW Telbec/ - This summer, you're invited to visit Hydro-Québec's Rapides-Farmer generating station for an extraordinary experience. In the heart of Gatineau, just 6 km from Hull, lies a landmark of Outaouais history. This gem of a power plant, in operation since 1927, will reveal the secrets of hydropower and the Rivière Gatineau.
Straddling a river once used to float timber, Rapides-Farmer generating station was acquired by Hydro-Québec in 1963 in the second phase of the nationalization of electricity. On your visit, you'll see the industrial remains of Hydro-Québec's longest log chute, which bypassed two facilities. The 2,134-m log chute was dismantled in 1990.
Unlike many other generating stations, Rapides-Farmer has no spillway. Instead, it has a weir that lets out water when the level gets too high. And did you know the course of the Rivière Gatineau was diverted so it would run to the powerhouse? Come discover the unique features of this invaluable heritage facility.
The ABCs of how electricity is generated
Our guides know what they're talking about. They've been specially trained to make sure you have a rewarding experience that meets your expectations. They'll be delighted to tailor your tour to match the goal you have in mind and the profile of your group.
May 21 to August 26, 2018
From May 21 to June 23: Monday to Friday at 9:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 2:45 p.m.
From June 24 to August 26: Wednesday to Sunday at 9:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 2:45 p.m.
To make a reservation, go to Rapides-Farmer | Free tours | Hydro-Québec or call our toll-free number, 1 800 365-5229.
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