Montmorency Falls, Quebec

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    Beautiful, powerful waterfall - Montmorency Falls

    by Tom_In_Madison Updated May 21, 2006

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    About 50% taller than Niagara falls, 83 meters/272 feet. About 100 feet wide at the top. This was pretty amazing for me. You can hear the water thundering from a block away.

    You can go on the left side of it, and then take a stairs down pretty far. I stopped when I couldn’t handle the height thing/fear of falling. It’s completely safe, but my head doesn’t believe that. There were 2 guys doing laps up and down the staircase here, so…There are many good photos shots here.

    Then you can take a walkway/overpass over the falls, right before it falls over. The walkway is about 100 yards across and about 4 feet wide. Kinda nerve-wracking. This gets you to the right side of the falls. You can go down a ways here too, but not as far. A flyer I picked up, and didn’t bother to look at, looks like there is a staircase farther down that allows you to go all the way to the bottom, and then walk up to it. This must have been awesome, but I didn’t see about it. There is also a cablecar thing that flies you over/across it for about C$9.

    I took a city bus here, so the entrance is either at the last stop for bus #53 or #50, and then thru the chain link fence, or across the river and hang a right. Follow the thunder. There was no charge for me getting there thru these 2 locations. It’s heavily wooded around here, so you can’t see it from the street.

    To get here from city bus, check my other tip on transportation, didn't have enough room here.

    You’ll spend 30-90 minutes here. Highly suggested.

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    Higher than Niagara Falls!

    by Jefie Written Aug 29, 2008

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    Although they are not quite as majestic as their Ontario counterparts, at 84 m (275 ft) high, Montmorency Falls actually are much higher than Niagara Falls. The Montmorency Falls park is open to visitors year-round, free of charge (but you have to pay for parking so you might want to go by bike or by bus). At the foot of the falls you'll find a tourist information center, and from there you can either walk up to the falls (the closer you get, the wetter it gets!) and get your daily workout by climbing the 487 steps that lead to the top, or buy tickets for the cable car that will take you all the way to the top of the falls. At the top you will find a suspension bridge that goes across the falls as well as the remnants of a small fort built by General Wolfe in 1759, not long before the battle of the Plains of Abraham took place.

    If you'd like to make the most of your time at the park, it is possible to eat at the historic Manoir Montmorency, famous for its fine dining and Sunday brunch. Also, if you happen to be in Quebec City at the end of July/beginning of August, make sure to check the fireworks competition schedule (http://www.lesgrandsfeux.com)!

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    Montmorency Falls

    by Bwana_Brown Updated Dec 19, 2006

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    The Falls from the Cable-Car!

    This is a waterfall only about 15 minutes drive from downtown Quebec City, via a major 6-lane highway heading northeast along the north shore of the St. Lawrence River. It is well worth a visit - my wife and I were truly amazed at its magnificence, and we have experienced both Victoria Falls and Niagara Falls! It was spectacular in October so I can only imagine what it would be like during the spring melt when the rivers are in full flow! There is an excellent interpretive centre and network of trails surrounding the Falls, including a cable-car ride to the top, allowing you many different angles on the spectacular scene. Do not miss it when you are this close! See my 'Montmorency' page for more details!

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    Montmorency Falls (PARC DE LA CHUTE-MONTMORENCY)

    by Del. Written Oct 28, 2003

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    Montmorency Falls

    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!

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    Montmorency falls

    by Scotsgal Written May 24, 2003

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    MONTMORENCY FALLS

    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.

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    biking to Montmorency

    by btex Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Another good thing to do is to rent a bike and take an easy-to-follow route out to see the raging Montmorency Falls. It took about 30-40 minutes to ride out to the falls, and they were worth it. The falls are very impressive. At the visitor center, you buy a ticket and jump on the gondola that takes you up to the top of the falls. At the top, there's a restaurant and areas for picnics and hiking. Standing on the bridge that hangs over the falls was great...the waterfall was intense.

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    Montmorency Falls - at night

    by brazwhazz Written Apr 3, 2006

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    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.

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    The Montmorency Falls

    by Deus_ultima Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Montmorency Falls

    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.

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    Chutes de Montmorency

    by vanessadb Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The waterfalls of Montmorency are only a short ride away from Quebec. The waterfall is quite impressive (1.5 times the height of the Niagara falls) even though I saw them at the end of a dry Summer when they had less water than usual.
    I saw some pictures of the falls during wintertime and I would recommend to see them then: they're breath-taking.
    Even though I have to say I was VERY lucky: the waterfall had a beautiful rainbow at it bottom.....
    Montmorency is also a parc, where you can hike up the panoramic stairway, or take the cable car up to the Manoir restaurant and the bridges over the falls and the cliffs. Once you are up there, you also get an views of the Saint Laurent river and the Island of Orleans.

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    Montmorency Falls

    by lazyman_1 Written Apr 6, 2008

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    Located about 10 km outside Quebec City, these falls measure in at 30 meters high which is slightly higher than the more famous Niagara Falls. This was a great place to visit for a few hours. There are picnic tables if you want to pack a lunch as well as a fine restaurant. What i liked about the falls the most was the fct that you could get a great view from above as there is a footbridge that was constructed across the falls. Also with a little effort there is a staircase that alows you to go down to the bottom of the falls and feels the mist, very refreshing on a hot day!! For those who are not thrilled with the stairs option there is also a cable car that can take you up and back down again.

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    It's worth the visit

    by tuff Written Dec 3, 2010

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    Located just 10 km east of Old Quebec, Parc de la Chute - Montmorency is a fall that is not as famous or grand as Niagara Falls; but it’s 30 meters higher; and is bordered by trails and lookouts offering an impressive views of the surroundings and Quebec City beyond. There is also a suspension bridge at the top of the fall which offers stunning view of the St Lawrence River.

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    Beautiful Falls

    by Godwit Updated Jul 13, 2011

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    Montmorency is a 20 min drive from Quebec City. At 84 meters, Montmorency falls was beautiful but not as Spellbinding as Niagara.
    We had 2 options - to drive or take cable car to the top of the Suspension Bridge. We took the Cable car which was fun to ride once. If you guys have tried cable cars before, I recommed you skip this and hike to the top of the falls to really enjoy the natural beauty. It was a nice experience to view the falls from top of the Bridge. We walked back down through the wooden steps on the other side of the falls which also has some great view points and Picnic spots.

    I really recommend you walk to the platform at the bottom of the falls even if you fear getting drenched.

    Next time I am in Quebec, will surely visit the falls for a Hike and picnic under the trees

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    montmorency falls

    by iam1wthee Written Jul 24, 2007

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    These water falls are taller than Niagara but are a lot narrower. It is best to see this place for yourself rather than with the tour. The tours only allow 15 min here. Which is not enough time to walk across the bridge or take the sky tram. I know someone who drove up here and said that the falls is actually located within a park. The tours do not even let you see this.

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    Montmorency falls

    by solopes Updated Aug 31, 2012

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    Niagara is wide, Montmorency is high.

    Not so spectacular as its neighbour, these falls, not far from town, impress by the highness, and are enclosed in a beautiful park. the descent at its side allow nice views.

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    Montmorency Falls - in the day

    by brazwhazz Updated Apr 16, 2006

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    The Parc national de la Chute-Montmorency (Montmorency Falls National Park) is, as evidenced by its name, home to a waterfall. It is actually 30 m higher than the famous Niagara Falls, although not as wide. It was classified as a historic site in 1994 -- back in 1759, on the east side of the falls, the English general Wolfe set up camp with his troops to keep an eye on Quebec City.

    There is a bridge that goes over the falls and another over a geological fault. Both have wonderful views over the valley. There is also a 489-step panoramic staircase for those who are interested!

    The large Montmorency Manor, originally built in 1780 but had to be reconstructed after the fire of 1993, overlooks the entire site and contains an interpretation centre, shops, a restaurant as well as a panoramic terrasse.

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