Montmorency Falls, Quebec
The Montmorency Falls are 83 metres high (i.e., 30 metres higher than Niagara Falls) and form the heart of this historic site that was so dear to many 18th and 19th century painters (e.g., Peachey, Bouchette, Cockburn, Todd, and Krieghoff). The falls are the climax of the Montmorency River, which has its source several kilometres to the north and plummets over this precipice before flowing into the St. Lawrence.
The Falls are not far from Quebec at all just a few short kilometers.
The scenery of the falls in the winter is beautiful, definitely more unique than the summer I would have to say.
While there be sure to go up to the bridge at get an excellent view of the falls, the Island of Orleans and its bridge and the St. Lawrence River.
While I was there a guy on a four wheeler was driving up and down the sides of the hiles and on the river. There was also ice climbers below scaling the sides of the falls.
I would recommend you stay here for a half day or so and experience all the amenities around the falls and get all the great views.
Make a trip by local bus to the famous Montmorency Falls just 10 km east of Quebec City. The Falls are 83.5 m high (50 % higher than Niagara Falls). There is a nice walk around the Falls including a suspension bridge over the edge of the falls. A cable car runs to the top of the falls in the Montmorency Falls Park.
We stopped at the falls for 40 minutes on our way to Ile d'Orleans for dinner. We were on a coach tour and had limited time which caused us to rush the visit and a little bit of panting as there were some steps to climb.
As you walk up the side of the waterfall you appreciate the power and roar of the falls, you can see how over time the flow has carved its way throug the terrain. It is worth continuing to the top of the falls and walking the suspension bridge, the thrill is magnificent.
If you have a vehicle I would recommend you bring some lunch with you and make this your lunch stop to enjoy the magnificient view. There is a parking area near the top of the falls.
Large and overbearing, these waters thundered first very far in the distance from us and later underneath us. After looping ile d'orleans we crossed back onto the eastern bank of the St. Lawrence river. Here we paid the parking fee and started making way on the path up and over the falls. The chilly weather was aided farther into chill by way of the waterfall mist that was drenching all surroundings. Our un-preparedness brought us a sour state of mind as my nipples hardened and knees knocked. Even the workout of walking up the stairs didn't warm me, but the sight of this monster sweeping under me form the bridge that spanned it was worth the uncomfort. The slippery path was a one-way mission for us, as it took Yuki's feet out from under her, bruising her up. We took the cable car back.
A great place to visit is Montmorency Falls. It's a 10 minute drive from downtown Quebec. This waterfall is 100 feet higher than Niagara Falls. You get on a lift that lifts you to the top of the falls. Up on the top there is a wonderful looking Inn. You then can walk over the falls and then take the stairs back down to where you started. The stair are kinda on the side of the falls so you can get wonderful pictures of the falls. Also as you get closer to the bottom the mist from the falls can be felt on your skin.. theres an area you can walk onto which you can get very wet! It's get when its a warm day!
Montmorency Falls -- outside Quebec City. We took a bus tour so I can't tell you exactly where...
There is a restaurant there with great views.