Montmorency Falls: 10 Reasons Why You Need to Go

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Written by Frankie Cameron

Have you ever heard of Montmorency Falls? Located less than fifteen minutes from old Quebec City is a stunning 83 meter (272 feet) waterfall at the Parc de la Chute‐Montmorency. According to the Quebec Cite website, the falls are 30 meters (98 feet) higher than Niagara Falls.

The falls are just the tip of the iceberg, there is much more to experience at the park

Samuel de Champlain, a French explorer named Montmorency Falls circa the early 1600s, to honor Charles de Montmorency-Damville an Admiral in the navy of France and Brittany. 

Around 1750, British General James Wolfe built fortifications near the falls because the British could see the French army at Quebec City from the vantage point. Parts of the defensive structure still exist at the park today.

Montmorency Falls Highlights

The following list highlights the top ten things to do and see at Montmorency Falls. If you can’t visit in person, the park has a virtual tour.

1. Montmorency Falls

The falls are the highlight of the park. There are three different waterfalls, but the largest, called the Grand Sault is the falls featured in all the photos. The other two are much smaller. Waterfalls are soothing to the soul.

2. Cable Car Ride

My daughter and I started our adventure by taking the cable car from the top to the bottom of the falls. The gondola allows for a panoramic view of the area. The cable car costs about $12 CDN for an adult one way. There is a gift shop and snack bar at the station at the bottom of the hill where the cable car stops.

3. Bottom of Montmorency Falls

There is a walkway along the bottom of the falls, it is a wonderful area to picnic or see the rainbow the falls make. The closer you get to the falls, the more you get sprayed. Luckily we went on a hot summer day and the spray felt wonderful.

4. Hiking

We took a hiking trail to the top of the falls. The trail wasn’t too difficult. We could look back over our shoulder at the St. Lawrence River and Ile d’Orleans. The trail ends at a lovely orchard with a gazebo.

5. Scenic Staircase

There is a 487 step staircase that hugs the cliff. After hiking up, we took the steps down. There are plenty of places to stop and take pictures. The stairs end at the foot of the falls, or a little further away if you don’t want to get wet.

6. Suspension Bridge

After taking the cable car back up, we took a stroll along the top of the cliffs where there is a suspension bridge. Crossing the bridge, you can experience the roaring waterfall vibrating beneath your feet.

7. Observation Deck

There is an observation deck that juts out of the cliff where you can get up close to the falls and take terrific photos. In the above photo, the observation deck has a green roof.

8. via Ferrata

The park has three via ferrata routes, one for beginners and two intermediate. If you are unfamiliar with the term, Quebec Via Ferrata defines it as: “… a ‘hike’ up the face of a rock, that has been equipped with metal plugs and a steel cable, to facilitate the progression and optimize the safety of users.”

We didn’t do the via ferrata because we had plans to do one the next day at Canyon Sainte-Anne. It is about $30 CDN dollars a person. In the photo below you can see people climbing while I am on the zipline.

9. Zipline

The park has a 300m double zipline (for adults only) that zips by the falls. Unfortunately, the day we were there my daughter and I couldn’t do the double zipline and had to go one at a time. It was still a thrill. The price was $25 a person, but it includes parking and the cable car. A kind stranger took a video and sent it to me.

10. Manoir Restaurant

At the top of the falls is the Manoir, a history center and restaurant where you can eat on the terrace overlooking the falls. The restaurant even has vegan options, which made my daughter happy. It was the end of the perfect day trip.

Final Thoughts

Most people start by taking the cable car up, crossing the suspension bridge and taking the stairs down, doing a loop of the area. What would you do if you visited? Let me know in the comments.

Until next time

Frankie

All images in this article are copyright Frankie Cameron Writes.

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