Every year, generally between late July and early August, a fireworks competition is held at the foot of the Montmorency Falls. Needless to say, it is a very impressive spectacle. Even as you wait for the show to start (you have to arrive at least an hour in advance to get good standing room), the thundering waterfall is a sight that never gets boring, especially as the sun sets.
The best way to go to the competition is to take a shuttle bus from the Place d'Youville bus terminal, just outside the Saint-Jean Gate. The bus terminal has a special stand set up for the event where you can purchase your tickets for the fireworks competition. The bus ticket, however, must be purchased in the convenience store across the street from the bus terminal -- ask the employee if you're not sure where. There are other departure sites around the city if you are not staying in the old town; just check out the link provided below.
83 meters high (that makes it 50 meters higher than Niagara) these falls are part of the Montmorency Park.
Located 12km from downtown Quebec, you can get there either by taking highway 40 or 138.
There are all kinds of activities at your disposal:
Bicycling, sliding (in the winter), hiking, a kid's playground, guided visits, etc.
Chute de Montmorency just outside of Quebec City is a must see. The falls which are 83meters high have 2 different ways to reach the top; cable car or stairs.
We opted to climb the stairs all 487 of them and boy were we sorry. Could barely step up or down even the lowest of steps for three days afterwards but it was well worth the pain and discomfort.
Once at the top there is a path that guides you through the park leading you to small places of historical interest such as the Wolf House (will be posting a tip on this soon). You of course and bypass these but I think they are worth seeing.
A few minutes later you come to the bridge, that hangs about 80 meters (?) or so over the falls. Here you can chose to cross to the other side or turn back the way you came. Warning the bridge swings, being a chicken I turned back.
The Montmorency Falls are at the mouth of the Rivière Montmorency, just in front of the Island of Orleans. The falls were named by Samuel de Champlain in 1613 after Henri II, duc de Montmorency who served as viceroy of New France from 1620 to 1625.
The falls are 76 metres high, the highest in the province and 27 metres higher than Niagara Falls. A cable car carries passengers up to the top of the falls. In the summer, an international fireworks competition is held here. With the falls as a backdrop, the show is spectacular
This is the highest waterfall in eastern Canada and its only about a 10 minute drive from Quebec city. To get to the top of the waterfall you can get a cable car ride and from here you can walk over the falls on a bridge. Although it was a bit chilly when I was there it was still great. The views of the gushing water as well as the spray from the falls is one of them moments when life seems so perfect. Definatly a place worth going!
If you visit Quebec you should try and see the montmorency waterfalls. You can take the cable car up to the top and have a magnificent view of the falls. Personally, i loved the falls itself..it's so beautiful and as you drive on the highway you can still see them...it's something i recommend!
Walking and Hiking
In summer, you can go hiking on the trails (0.5 to 3 km long) that criss-cross the site and the zone naturelle des résurgences, on the northeastern side of the falls. The trails will introduce you to the local flora and fauna, as well as to a number of unique geological and geomorphological features.
In winter, at the base of the falls, the spray sometimes forms a large pile of ice suitable for downhill sliding. Generations of the young and not-so-young have worn the seats of their pants sliding down this sugarloaf hill, as evidenced by some of the paintings by the famous painter Krieghoff (1815-1872). The spray also freezes on the rock faces around the falls, making them a daunting challenge for ice climbers.
The Montmorency Falls, standing at 83 metres (30 (100 feet) more than the Niagara!) offer not only natures great beauty, but is also a site of great cultural and historical importance! Also, you'll find on top, once you climbed or used the cable car, Montmorency Manor. An historical house of great beauty and where you can eat at one of the finest tables in the region.
Parc de la Chute Montmorency
Montmorency Falls Park
Spectacular 245-foot cataract right next to the St. Lawrence River, with a cable-car ride, a beautiful walking path, suspension foot bridge, and stair case.
There are about 430 steps to get from the park to the bottom of the falls, which are 272' high.
Make sure you tuck away anything that ought not get wet, and head for the sea-level area where the spray from the falls will soak you.
At 7.50, the price of parking will also soak you. Plus, if you use the machine after hours and deposit 10.00, it will fail to return all 2.50 due back, though you can't say the sign didn't warn you that it might. If you're up to it, the sign says that you can return for a refund the following day.
Hint: just park your car somewhere nearby if you arrive after 5 or so, and walk to the park; it's only 500' or so to the falls.
The falls are 272' high, 100' higher than Niagara, so they say. Plus, the 430 steps will help you to work off that bucket of poutine (yum!) you had for lunch.
Parc de la Chute-Montmorency.
See the historic falls. Park at the bottom and take the cable cars to the top or park near the top.
Located east of Québec, in a wonderful natural setting, the Parc de la Chute-Montmorency, classified as historic site in December 1994, is a spectacular look-out point over the St. Lawrence River, Île d’Orléans and the capital. Well-known for its impressive 83-metre (272 feet) high waterfalls, that is one-and-a-half time that of Niagara Falls, the park features many points of interest. On the western cliff, you will notice the Manoir Montmorency. The first building, built in 1781 as a private residence, was used later as a hospital, a monastery and a hotel. The former manor bore a rich tradition of well-known visitors and residents. Among them, the Duke of Kent, the Queen's father, who occupied the premises from 1791 to 1794. The present manor houses an interpretation centre, a restaurant and a terrace with a panoramic view, boutiques and reception rooms. Ride the cablecar to the top of the falls. Enjoy the surrounding panorama. Via a panoramic promenade, proceed to the bridge taking you over the cataract. A second bridge and pathway take the visitor to an animated area and terrace offering breathtaking vistas. On the east side of the falls, a stairway with numerous viewpoints, takes you back to ground level and to your starting point. Along the way, sights to behold! In the wintertime, at the foot of the falls, observe a strange natural phenomenon called 'sugar loaf' by locals.
The Montmorency Falls, cascading 83 metres down to the river below (30 metres more than Niagara Falls), are situated on a historical site of natural beauty in the Montmorency Falls Park.
Momorency park with the falls is very nice, these falls ar mor higher than those of Niagara.. place must see :)
You'll find this gorgeous waterfall at about 15 minutes from Quebec City. Get ready to get wet. I understand that during winter partes of the fall freeze and you can play on the ice.
Waterfall higher than Niagara Falls set amidst lovely grounds especially in the fall (autumn) when the leaves are changing color.
If you want to go on the top of the water fall, take the stairs on the right and you'll have access to the bridge. But if you're lazy or tired, take the funicular.