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A popular day trip when visiting Quebec City is to Montmorency Falls and Park (Parc de la Chute-Montmorency). Located in Boulevard Sainte-Anne, it’s an easy 15-minute drive from Old Quebec Town.
Montmorency Falls and Park
Address: 5300, Boulevard Sainte-Anne, Québec, QC G1C 0M3
Operating Hours: The park is open all year-round but the hours of operation and available activities vary depending on the season. Check the official website for the schedule prior to your visit.
How to get there: The most convenient way to get to Montmorency Park is by car via the Autoroute Dufferin-Montmorency. The parking for all visitors is at the base of the waterfall but if you have reservations at the Manoir or tickets for the Via Ferrata or the Zipline, you may use the parking at the top of the waterfall. You can also book a tour below that includes the roundtrip shuttle service and a guide.
Website: Parc de la Chute-Montmorency
Now here’s the interesting part about the entrance fee. They do not have an entrance fee per se but instead charges it as a parking fee. It’s C$7.18 per car regardless of the number of passengers, or if you traveled by bus, it’s C$2.70 per passenger.
There are a lot of things that you can do on your trip to Montmorency Falls and one of them is taking the cable car (C$10-12 one way) up to the cliff.
At the top of the cliff, you’ll find the Manoir Montmorency. Destroyed by a fire in 1993, it was rebuilt from the ground up to resemble the original architecture of the Manoir. Inside the Manoir are a gift shop and a restaurant that also serves Sunday Brunch (check the schedule here). On your way to the suspension bridge is an observation deck where you get to enjoy the views of the park and St. Lawrence River.
So what’s so special about Montmorency Falls? The waterfall is 83 m tall and is actually higher (30 m) than the Niagara Falls! Now that’s impressive!
The Montmorency Falls also has its very own White Lady story. Legend has it that a young woman in a wedding gown had thrown herself over the falls when she found out that her betrothed has been killed in a battle.
After your walk on the suspension bridge, you can opt to go down using this 487-step wooden staircase on the side of a cliff.
Visitors can use the staircase to go up the falls too. Definitely not the easiest way, but it’s free so whatever works for you. As for me, I’ll pass. I’m happy to enjoy the view from the base.
There is also a picnic area before you reach the Promenade which has a small playground that’s perfect for families and kids. Even though it was freezing cold, my daughter spent a few minutes running, playing and going down the slide. The Orchard at the top of the wooden staircase is also a great picnic area, especially in the summer season.
For the more adventurous visitors, you have the chance to see the falls from a different vantage point through the Via Ferrata or the Zipline.
And just before we left the park, we experienced a little snowfall! It was, I think, the second snowfall in the middle of fall in Quebec Region.
So if you’re ever visiting Quebec City, try to include Montmorency Falls in your itinerary. If you do not plan on going up the cliff, you’ll only spend an hour inside the park which makes it a great stop before you explore the other parts of the city.
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Check out my other posts about our Toronto, Quebec City, and Montreal Road Trip below:
Day 1: The Toronto Islands | CN Tower Experience
Day 2: Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada | Must-See Sights in Downtown Toronto for First-Time Visitors
Day 3: Niagara Falls, Canada: Hornblower Cruise, Table Rock Centre and Outlet Collection
Day 4: Royal Ontario Museum | Kensington Market and Chinatown | Toronto’s Graffiti Alley
Day 6: Montmorency Falls | Old Quebec Town
Day 7: Musee de la Civilization
Day 9: Montreal Botanical Garden
Day 10: Mont-Royal Parc