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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...more
This is an impressive dam with a well organized tour. You visit the top of the dam, walk over the penstocks, and see inside the dam itself and the powerhouse. You can't take pictures inside. The tour is in French with an English language headset....More
Three buddies and myself took on what we called "Labraventure" last summer in July of 2017. Part of our trip took us to Manic 5. We decided to go looking for a place to camp near the dam instead of attempting to stay at the...More
Schedule this visit in the summertime. We drove and stayed in Baie Comeau specifically to tour the Daniel-Johnson Dam (formerly called Manic 5). It is spectacular and the tour is very interesting. (Tours end on August 31 and you would need to check the starting...More
Due to time restraints on our part we were not able to spend the two hours actually touring the dam. However they had a really interesting visitors centre/display on the building of the dam. We spent a good hour looking around there and learning about...More
We drove up route 389 to visit Manic 5. The drive up was very scenic. It is a quite winding road, with about 494 curves in the 214 km drive. The tour guide did a nice job explaining the history of the construction and other...More
We were driving the Trans Labrador Highway, then dropping down into Quebec on Rt 389. I knew about the impact crater (the "eye of Quebec") but had no idea about the dam until we rounded a corner and there it loomed! Absolutely stunning sight! We...More
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Hi! There is no public transport to the Daniel-Johnson dam. It is situated in the woods on a lonely provincial road, 224 km north from Baie-Comeau. There is no city or population in proximity. The tours are offered every... More
Hi! There is no public transport to the Daniel-Johnson dam. It is situated in the woods on a lonely provincial road, 224 km north from Baie-Comeau. There is no city or population in proximity. The tours are offered every summer between June 24 and August 31. Cruise tours operators sell usually a Jean-Lesage generating station tour. This power plant is situated 25 minutes from Baie-Comeau, instead of a 3 hours ride with Daniel-Johnson dam.
Actually, there is additional camping at Manic 5. Just 1 km to the south there is a road marked to the overlook. If you pass the first turn out which is just a little wide area in the road, you will come to an abandoned... More
Actually, there is additional camping at Manic 5. Just 1 km to the south there is a road marked to the overlook. If you pass the first turn out which is just a little wide area in the road, you will come to an abandoned campground that is owned by the Hydro. You are free to camp there for several days. It is dry camping but you can find plenty of space. If you bump up over the curb onto the circle around the overlook there is a fire ring set up in the middle of what once was a garden space. We stayed 2 nights and met great folks around the campfire. This is totally the best view you will get of the dam, particularly at night when it is lit up. If you go 2 km south, you will come to a gas station and truck stop which also has dry overnight camping. Just be warned that no matter where you decide to stay, the biting black flies will come looking for you. We found them to be the worst in the late afternoon, and then thankfully disappearing once it cools off and gets dark. I highly recommend staying at the overlook. There were campers, 5th wheels and tent campers while we were there. The site is very safe.