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Daniel-Johnson Dam

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Address: 389 Road, Baie Comeau, Quebec, Canada (Formerly Manic-5)
Phone Number:
+1 866-526-2642
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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Turning a corner expecting to see more trees and then wow, there it is!

As we were driving the trans Labrador highway in the fall we missed out on the guided tours. However the sight is still incredible. we stopped and spent over an hour looking... read more

Reviewed 5 January 2017
Montreal, Canada
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Montreal, Canada
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60 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2017

As we were driving the trans Labrador highway in the fall we missed out on the guided tours. However the sight is still incredible. we stopped and spent over an hour looking around the area. This is a trip well worth taking. Next year we are doing the trip in reverse and will be sure to start early enough to... More 

1 Thank 660kimberly
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
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12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 November 2016

The Manic 5 is an incredible experience. You have read the other reviews and I agree with all of the positive things said about visiting here. If you are tenting or Rv'ing there is camping available 1 km south the the visitor center. It is the overlook which is owned by the hydro. Head south 1 km and make a... More 

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Terrebonne, Canada
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23 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 July 2016

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.

Thank Isabelle R
Rapid City, South Dakota
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 July 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 

Thank Reed C
Winterthur, Switzerland
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11 reviews
Reviewed 6 July 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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202 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 October 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.

1 Thank tarheelrider
Montreal, Canada
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4 reviews
Reviewed 21 September 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.

Thank JJ P
Phoenix, Arizona
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552 reviews
246 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 153 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 September 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.

Thank Robert A
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154 reviews
63 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 August 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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399 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 660 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 July 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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