La Cité de l'Énergie
Observation tower at La Cité de l'Énergie
|Location||Shawinigan, Quebec, Canada|
- A science centre, which includes a 115 m (377 ft) high observation tower and features a multimedia show as well as a permanent interactive exhibit. The lattice tower consists of a dismantled electricity pylon used for a temporary power line crossing of Saint Lawrence River between Grondines and Lotbinière, during the construction of the tunnel used to ultimately carry the Quebec - New England Transmission line. 
- A Historical sector, which consists of two power plants, Northern Aluminum Company (NAC) and Shawinigan 2, and the ruins of a third one (Alcan 16), as well as an electricity distribution station and an aluminium smelter.
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.
Impact on local tourism
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.
- Centrale de Shawinigan - 2, La Cité de l'Énergie
- Carsten Höller à Shawinigan: laissez-vous surprendre, Andrée-Anne Trudel, L'Hebdo Mékinac des Chenaux, June 1, 2007
- Le baiser de l'année!, Karine Gélinas, Voir, June 1, 2007
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