Free guided visit, open everery day, you should reserve one day in advance, bring one identification with picture.The hydropower, the largest in the world is situated at 137 meters Under the lake level.First a short multimedia presentation, then by air-conditioned and free of mosquitos bus the visit last about four hoursmore
The La Grande series of hydro dams and associated underground power houses in the James Bay area of Quebec are among the largest in the world. It was enjoyable for me to have been able to visit this remote part of Canada and to observe the facilities. This photo shows the huge 'stair-step' spillway for the dams near Radisson, used to bypass water...more
The largest underground hydro-electric power plant in the world. The turbine hall is the size of a cathedral. Well worth the visit. Go to the Hydro-Québec office downtown, visits are organised every day.Also see the main open-air landmark of Radisson: the overflow evacuator, nicknamed "The Staircase of the Giants".more
On the Bay James Road, you can't avoid the gasoline station at km 375. You can have good filling fare there, like this giant "poutine"
Favorite Dish: Poutine! ... the national Quebec fast food dish consisting of fries with gravy and cheese.
There is only one road to Radisson, but it is a great one!
The "Route du Nord" goes from Matagami to Radisson, it is a wide, paved road over 600 km long. There is only one gas station, 375 km north of Matagami, and no houses or villages, so you'd better fill up and have a car in good shape!
Although it was the middle of June, this far north enabled the snow to survive in a few pockets. Naturally we had to have a go at each other with a snowball fight! At least the temperature was still cool enough to keep the mosquitos generally at bay! Later on things can get very rough with the insects.
When going to Radisson in spring or fall with a rental car from the south, don't forget that this is 1000 km more north than Montréal, and can be much colder, and winter comes earlier and stays longer. Be sure to have winter tires under your car, and watch the road for black ice spots.
After landing on the Seal River, both aircraft taxied into the shore where they anchored for the day. The pilots joined us for the short hike to the best fishing area and, at the end of the day, we all treked back to the aircraft for takeoff. The blunt noses on these aircraft are the result of the very reliable air-cooled radial engines they use,...more
For our fishing trip, a total of 18 people were flown 100 miles north to Hudson Bay in two venerable bush planes. Otters, this one was built in 1957, are the workhorses of northern Canada and are amazingly durable. Otters were specially developed as a tough bush plane, with 466 of them being built between 1951-1967. Here one of ours is moving away...more
We had a good view of the countryside as we flew north. As you can see from the photo of the pilot in the cockpit of our airplane, this craft has had a 'working' life judging from the condition of its bulkhead. Many of the controls are driven by a hand pump from the cockpit - a simple system for the far north which has proven to be very reliable...more