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Daniel-Johnson Dam

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Address: 389 Road, Baie Comeau, Quebec, Canada (Formerly Manic-5)
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

SPELLBINDING Let yourself be mesmerized by Daniel-Johnson dam, the highest...

SPELLBINDING Let yourself be mesmerized by Daniel-Johnson dam, the highest multiple-arch-and-buttress dam in the world. Bridging the magnificent Manicouagan valley, its unique design is a true monument to Québec engineering. Whether you stand at the foot of the dam, inside or on the crest-plenty of thrills are guaranteed! Don't miss it!

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Manic 5 / Daniel Johnson Dam

a long curvy road to get there (3 hrs from Baie-Comeau) but when you arrive on the site, wow !! I know that was to be big but that big ?!! 2 hours visits with explanation. this is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Isabelle R
Terrebonne, Canada
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Terrebonne, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

a long curvy road to get there (3 hrs from Baie-Comeau) but when you arrive on the site, wow !! I know that was to be big but that big ?!! 2 hours visits with explanation. this is a thing to do in a lifetime.

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Rapid City, South Dakota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2016

We did the tour on 21 July, 2016. The guide for the first half hour spoke in English. An English set of earphones was provided for the final hour. This was an excellent tour and the guides were delightful. The visitor center had excellent Wi-Fi and a good museum on the building of the dam and the history of the... More 

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Winterthur, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2016

Very interesting visit to the Barrage and the generator room. Ok I must admit my french was just minimal sufficient for the vitesse-quebecue. The group was transferred in an old school-bus from the visitors-center to the tourbine-room, later we visited the wall from inside and finally could have a view from the edge of the wall to the lake an... More 

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Cary, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

I traveled across the Trans-Lab Hwy into Quebec then down to Manic- 5. Crossing the hill on the right side of the dam on gravel and winding down to the bottom was quite a thrill. Amazing to see. I am told the the free tours no longer are taking place. It is a shame, They could easily charge for it.

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

Will find out more about water power generation in common language. will visit the inside of the dam vaults. see at night and take pictures from several point of views during the blue hour.

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Pensacola Beach, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2015

The Quebec Manic Hydro Power System is an amazing and impressive engineering feat. The Central Manic-5 is most impressive but it is well worth the trip to see all the Manic dams and lakes.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Phenomenal dam to see. Tour is free and very good. Every effort is made to be sure that those who are not French speakers understand what the tour is about. Written translation of the what the tour guide is talking about is almost literal. Very comprehensive tour and very fascinating. Night views of the dam from the look out are... More 

Thank Ricarda B
Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Manic-5 is the world's largest multiple-arch and buttress dam and is reached by driving north through thick woods along a narrow and sometimes poor quality road due north of the Quebec town of Baie-Comeau. Give yourself plenty of time to get there: you'll be delayed by roadworks and logging trucks and slow drivers, since there are very few places to... More 

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San Ramon, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

Been there about 3 times through the years. You drive for 2,5 hours looking at trees and winding roads and then Bonn this mega structure appears. Very cool!!

Thank jacques t
Bristol, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

This a a unique opportunity to experience a pretty in-depth (for a lay person) look at an engineering wonder. Security is high, for obvious reasons but the visit is well managed and safe. There are steps on the tour and damp uneven concrete floors in place to take note of. There is a short presentation so start with with Q&A... More 

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