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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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