The motel is only five kilometres from the Robert-Bourassa power plant, formerly called LG-2. Buried over 140 metres underground, it is one of the world's largest underground generating stations! Learn all about this huge infrastructure and its history in the interpretation centre, before boarding a coach to discover the dam and its “giant's staircase.” Each step is the size of two football fields!
Open year-round (must reserve 48 hours in advance)
Nature lovers will enjoy exploring this over 2.5 km trail and discovering the region's awe-inspiring northern ecosystem. At the end of the trail, an observation tower provides incredible views of the Grande Rivière, the LG-2 power facilities and James Bay's wild expanses as far as the eye can see.
Open May to October
Built in the 70s to let Hydro-Québec bring in all the materials it needed to build its dams, James Bay Road is now travelled by many visitors interested in seeing the local vegetation and wildlife. Panoramic views await at every turn, but don't forget to fill up your vehicle before you head off. There is only one gas station on James Bay Road, halfway between Matagami and Radisson, a 621-km trip! That said, there are many rest stops with interpretive panels along the way.
A replica of the G-68 exploration camp, Parc Robert-A.-Boyd takes you back several decades, to the time of electrical pioneers. Take a guided tour of the historic site and imagine how it was when the camp housed over 185,000 workers who came to help build the hydroelectric complex.
Open May to October (minimum 8 people)
More recent than the LG-2 power plant, the LG-1 plant was completed in 1995. Located less than an hour from Radisson, it welcomes visitors from mid-June to Labour Day. Learn more about hydroelectric energy and the power of nature.
Must reserve 48 hours in advance
Want a breathtaking look at James Bay's northern landscapes? Helicoptères Whapchiwem offers a bird's eye view of Radisson and the impressive hydroelectric facilities nearby. You can also reserve a flight for a fishing expedition or simply to travel from one place to the next.
The Arts et Trésors Inouïs shop offers a wide selection of First Nations items: art, jewelry, accessories and more. Find souvenirs of your stay in northern Quebec while learning more about First Nations culture. The owners will be happy to tell you about their history and legends.
The community of Chisasibi is home to the Fort George Island Cree community. While the island is still open to visitors, namely during the traditional pow-wow held each year, the community was relocated west of the La Grande (LG-1) complex in the late 70s. Visiting the Cree community and its museum is a wonderful way to discover its history and culture.
Consult the escapelikeneverbefore.com for more information on the region's many attractions!