La Cité de l'Énergie

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La Cité de l'Énergie
La Cité de l'Énergie.jpg
Observation tower at La Cité de l'Énergie
Established 1997
Location Shawinigan, Quebec, Canada
Type theme park

La Cite de l'Énergie is a theme park based on local industrial history and located in Shawinigan, Quebec, Canada.


Shawinigan-2 hydroelectric station

The NAC plant (built circa 1906) was privately owned by Alcan and used for its fabrication of aluminium. It had become obsolete by the early 1950s and is now out of production. It is open to visitors.

Shawinigan 2 was established in 1911 and enlarged in 1928 by the Shawinigan Water & Power Company and has been operated by Hydro-Québec since 1963. The structure was erected in the Renaissance and Art Deco architectural styles. The machinery consists of five generators activated by horizontal turbines and three generators activated by vertical turbines.[1]


La Cité de l'Énergie is administered by a non-profit organization, whose funders are Abitibi-Consolidated, Alcan, Hydro-Québec and the City of Shawinigan.

Robert Trudel has been the general manager and the main spokesperson for La Cité de l'Énergie, since its foundation.[2][3]

Impact on local tourism[edit]

Since it opened in 1997, La Cité de l'Énergie attracted hundreds of thousands of paying visitors. The park is generally open to the public each year from June to September; and to groups during other times of the year.


  1. ^ Centrale de Shawinigan - 2, La Cité de l'Énergie
  2. ^ Carsten Höller à Shawinigan: laissez-vous surprendre, Andrée-Anne Trudel, L'Hebdo Mékinac des Chenaux, June 1, 2007
  3. ^ Le baiser de l'année!, Karine Gélinas, Voir, June 1, 2007

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Coordinates: 46°32′06″N 72°45′18″W / 46.534982°N 72.754898°W / 46.534982; -72.754898