Tech Tours

*Technical Tours are reserved for CDA Conference registrants only.

Conference registration opens Spring 2022
Churchill & Muskrat Falls Tour

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Long Harbour Technical Tour

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Excursion Around the Bay – Local Dam Tour

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Churchill & Muskrat Falls Tour

Churchill Falls Tour Fee

  $2,200 +tax

(includes flight, hotel, bus, lunches)
Minimum of 12 attendees needed

Participate in this tour for a hands-on opportunity to view amazing feats of engineering on the Churchill River in Central Labrador.  The old meets the new when you visit one of the largest underground powerhouses in the world at Churchill Falls, then travel downstream to a new state-of-the-art facility at Muskrat Falls.  Learn about the unique history of the sites, construction challenges and dam safety management at each facility.

The Churchill Falls powerhouse, with a generating capacity of 5500MW, and the Smallwood Reservoir were constructed from 1967 to 1972.  It consists of 88 dykes totaling more than 60km in length, three gated hydraulic control structures and three spillways.

The Muskrat Falls Project completed construction in 2021.  It consists of a powerhouse with a generating capacity of 800MW, the spillway, several concrete transition dams, the South Embankment Dam, the RCC North Dam and the North Spur.

Thursday, October 20
Depart St. John's @ 9:00am
Arrive Churchill Falls @ 11:00am
Tour Churchill Falls site (11:30am – 4:00pm)  **Lunch provided during tour
Depart Churchill Falls @ 5:00pm
Arrive Goose Bay @ 6:00pm
Hotel Check In @ 7:00pm  (Participants take care of their own evening meal)

Friday, October 21
Leave Hotel @ 8:30am
Arrive at site @ 9:15am
Tour of Site (9:15am - 12:15am)
Lunch on bus to North Spur (approx. 1hr)
Tour North Spur (1:30pm - 3:00pm)
Travel to airport and depart GB @ 4:30pm
Arrive St. John's @ 7:30pm

Long Harbour Technical Tour 

Thursday, October 20, 2022

Long Harbour Tech Tour Fee

  $200.00 +tax

Registration Opens
Spring 2022

Vale Long Harbour Operations is a unique facility directly processing a nickel sulphide concentrate using a hydrometallurgical process to produce high purity nickel, cobalt, and copper products. 

The full day technical tour and presentation will be presented by senior tailings/ dam management staff from the Vale Long Harbour facility. Topics such as tailings deposition, Tailings and Dam Management System, water retention dam and concrete spillway operations, site specific improvement opportunities and key projects will be discussed.
Lunch will be included. After lunch we will head up to the Long Harbour facility to tour both the tailings storage dam (RSA) and the process water control earth fill dam, concrete spillway and wooden fishway (RBBP dam).

There will be an opportunity to experience some local food and beverages; with a stop to the Dildo Brewery for appetizers and drinks before heading back to St. John's.  

Start Time



Check in and roll call – Delta Hotel lobby


Bus from St. John’s to Long Harbour Community Centre


Security briefing (go over EAA, security info, first aid kit locations, etc..)


Technical Presentation presented by Vale (including Q&A)


Lunch Break


Travel from the community centre to the Vale Residue Storage Area on site


Tour of Residue Storage Area (including Q&A)


Travel to Rattling Brook Big Pond Structure


Tour of Rattling Brook Big Pond Structure (including Q&A)


Travel back to security gate to sign out


Travel to Dildo Brewery


Dildo Brewery for Appetizers and Drinks


Drive back to St. John’s – arriving 5:45pm

PPE Required (Registrants Responsible to Bring PPE) - Steel toe boots, reflective safety vest, hard hat, safety glasses, safety gloves, and non-medical mask Reminder to dress for the weather (it will be very windy at site, please bring suitable clothing in case of cold and rainy weather) Please advise of any dietary restrictions or allergies and mobility concerns during registration (you will be seated on a bus for approximately 1.5 hours each way). Please note there is no photography allowed at Vale.


Excursion Around the Bay – Local Dam Tour

  $150 +tax

Half Day

Excursion Around the Bay – Local Dam Tour


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