Offered by Hydro Quebec and facilitated by the Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-operative, this tour will bring together like-minded individuals for an overview of the landmark generating facility only minutes from downtown Ottawa.

In the heart of Gatineau, just 6 km from Hull, lies Rapides-Farmer generating station, a landmark of Outaouais history. This gem of a power plant has been in operation since 1927. Your tour will unlock the secrets of the river, first used to transport lumber and then to generate hydroelectricity.

Go right inside a generating unit and look straight up to admire a 160-t rotor in action! You’ll be astonished by the unique facilities, including a weir that discharges water into the former bed of the Rivière Gatineau.

When: August 26th at 11am to 12:45pm
Where: Rapides-Farmer Generating Station at 2740 Rue St-Louis, Gatineau, QC (directions)
Cost: Free!  Registration via EventBrite is mandatory.

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Following the tour

Meet us at Casse-Croûte Limbour for lunch or ice cream, only one minute south from the generating station at

What you should know

ID required
Visitors aged 18 years and over must present official photo ID (medicare card, driver’s licence or passport) to tour a facility.

Time of arrival
Tours start at 11:15 am sharp.  Please arrive 15 minutes in advance.

For safety reasons, tours are not recommended for children younger than two.

Flat, closed shoes are recommended.

Tours are on foot and include some stairs.

Notice to pacemaker users
The electromagnetic fields in power plants may disrupt pacemaker operation. As a precaution, pacemaker users will not be allowed during the part of the guided tour that takes place in the generating station.