Located on the banks of the beautiful Saint-Lawrence River, Baie-Comeau is one of Canada’s hidden gems built on history and heritage. The region's landscape has been shaped by glacial retreats and extraordinary natural phenomena – the immense Manicouagan crater is an extraordinary sight. [ReadMoreMob]
Smothered with forests, this busy industrial city supplies Quebec with large quantities of hydroelectricity from the impressive Manicouagan Reservoir dam.
Journeying further into the city centre, away from the busy port-side industries, a calm, peaceful city where quaint cafes and pretty theatres await. The delightful old-town district, known as Vieux-Poste, was established in 1889. Formerly the village of Saint-Eugène-de-Manicouagan, it boasts the oak-framed, stained-glass wonder of the Anglican church of St Andrew, and the pink-granited Sainte-Amélie Church.
Jean-Lesage (Manic 2) is one of the world’s largest gravity dams, with a hollow joint the size of a Boeing 747. You can see a 400-t rotor spinning over your head and feel the immense power of the eight generating units. The Jean-Lesage generating station has eight turbine-generator units and each of them weighs as much as 100 elephants. The volume of water that can be rejected by the spillway of the central Jean-Lesage is twice that of Niagara Falls. It was here that in 1965 Hydro- Québec operated the first 735,000-volt line in the world.
Located 20 minutes from Baie-Comeau, the interpretation centre of forest life highlights the forest history at the origin of the North Shore in the village of Franquelin between 1916 and 1960. Activities such as the cutting, hauling, logging and forest life are