Just outside and east of Quebec City is a large park with the focus on a tall waterfall, Montmorency Falls. The falls are 83 m. high (272 feet) nearly 100 feet higher than the famed Niagara falls though not as wide. The falls, set in a green park and surrounded by cliffs, are spectacular. We saw them on a sunny day and rainbows coloured the rolling mist at the bottom where it crashes into a river leading out to the St. Lawrence river.
There's a set of cable cars, the best way to go from the visitor centre to the top of the cliffs for excellent views of the falls. There's also a bridge across and down the cliff on one side is a staircase with periodic observation decks that has 487 steps! Not for the faint of foot! In summer they have a fireworks festival over the falls and in winter, after the mist freezes on the cliff sides, the adventurous ice climb! There's a lovely building housing a restaurant and meeting facilities with good views over the river, falls and the park.
There is a snack bar and gift shop in the main entrance building. Lots of parking both at the base of the park and up at the top of the park.
It costs 10.39$ per adult for a round trip on the cable car and various group rates. Park is closed in November and limited to group reservations most of December.
About 8 miles out of Quebec is this fantastic falls. They are higher than Niagara but not as wide. There is no public transport out here so you can either rent a car, book a bus tour, or as I did rent a bike. There is a bike trail that extends from the old city all the way to the falls and beyond. At 8 miles its a fairly easy about 1 hr ride.
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.
These falls are higher than niagara, but not as big, okay? Still a fun thing to do. We took a bus tour that drove us here, to a few silly stops such as a chocolatier and a maple bread place, and to St Anne's Basilica.
The Falls are pretty to look at, to walk around, and to take photos of. That's pretty much it.
Okay, pay attention:
1. Don;'t park at the bottom, you will either have to walk a flight of steps equal to 20 story building or pay for the cable car. Take a look at my map. Park at the TOP and you save nearly 8 dollars a person. The cable car is cool, but really isn't worth it.
2. Don;t pay in american money, the exchange they give is horrible. pay canadian or with credit card.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Momorency park with the falls is very nice, these falls ar mor higher than those of Niagara.. place must see :)