Baie-Comeau Highlights & Manic-2 Dam

Today’s excursion combines an introduction to the city’s highlights with a visit to Manic-2, the spectacular dam located on the Manicouagan River about 14 miles from Baie-Comeau.

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    Approximately 3 hours
Depart the pier by motor coach for your approximately 30-minute transfer to the dam.

Formerly known as the Jean-Lesage generating station, so-named for the premier of Quebec who served during the time of the dam’s construction, the hollow-joint gravity dam is the size of a Boeing 747 and the first to be put into service at the Manic-Outardes complex.

The building of the dam began in 1961. In 1965, the complex was complete enough for the first group of five turbines to be put online, making it the first 735,000-volt line in the world. Since the dam’s completion in 1967, it has become the international standard for high-voltage transmission. The line is linked to a generating station powerful enough to supply electricity to a city of 250,000 people.

Appreciate the size and complexity of the dam complex with a guided visit to the reception building, the multimedia room that offers insights into the dam’s construction and operation, and the Georges-D’or Pavilion, which houses an actual turbine.

Then venture into the heart of Manic-2 and marvel at one of the station’s powerful generators for an opportunity to discover how electricity is produced and delivered to people’s homes. Inside the generating station, you can stand beneath a turbine-generator unit and feel its immense power as the 440-ton structure rotates at the rate of 120 revolutions per minute.

Concluding your discovery of this impressive dam complex, make your way back to the pier, enjoying a survey of Baie-Comeau en route. See Place La Salle, the bustling commercial artery that is home to specialty food shops, souvenir stores, art galleries, fine restaurants and night clubs, and view Biosphere Square, a public space representing sustainable development.

Your guided city experience drawing to a close, you may either return directly to your Crystal ship or remain in town for further exploration on your own.

Important Notes: Guests with pacemakers and pregnant women are not allowed to enter the Manic-2 dam area. Although the suggested age appropriateness for this excursion is 3 & Above, children two years and older may participate. As this excursion involves approximately 90 minutes of walking, it is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties. It is recommended that guests dress in warm, layered clothing and wear closed, flat shoes. Guests should also bring raingear in case of inclement weather. The wearing of safety headgear is required at the dam and will be provided. Photo ID is required in order to access Manic-2 dam. Photography is not permitted at Manic-2. No cameras are allowed in the dam area. The order of sights visited may vary. This excursion will operate in all weather conditions. See information concerning special cancellation conditions below. This Crystal Adventures excursion MUST be pre-reserved.

Availability: Limited

If cancellation of the above Crystal Adventure is made within 30 days of arrival in the excursion port, there will be a 100% cancellation fee charged to the guest's shipboard account. In the event guests cancel their cruise within 30 days of arrival in the excursion port, this cancellation fee will be charged throught the Crystal Cruises corporate office.

All Crystal Adventures with Special Cancellation Conditions can only be canceled in writing to Crystal Cruises. Please e-mail your cancellation to
crystaladventures@crystalcruises.com or you may fax your cancellation to (310) 286-2412.