As I continue my Québec City travel series, I now bring you Chute-Montmorency. Only a 20-minute drive away from Québec City, the falls stand 84 meters (275 ft) high and averages 46 meters (150 ft) wide. In fact, the falls are the highest in the province of Quebec and 30 meters (98 ft) higher than Niagara Falls, making Chute-Montmorency the 8th highest in Canada.
Chute-Montomorency lies at the mouth of Montmorency River where it empties into the St. Lawrence River. While I am raring to
bore you with describe the geology and all the different rock types that can be observed here, I will spare you all… just this time 😛 (But in case you are interested, here is a presentation of an awesome geology field trip there!)
There is a 487-step staircase that allows visitors to view the falls from several different perspectives. There is also an aerial tram (télépherique) that carries passengers between the top and the base of the falls, making the park quite wheelchair accessible. A suspension bridge over the crest of the falls can be accessed from both the top and the base of the falls. My husband and I went on the very last weekend the parking lot and staircase at the base of the falls were open, October 25th. Because Québec City is so walkable, this little outing was the first time I rode in a car in three weeks!
Cost: There is no cost to enter the park if you get there by bus (or on foot…). Parking was $6.52 at the time. Because it is easier for me to take the stairs up rather than down with my neck brace, we had to take the aerial tram down at $10.05 one-way, per person. Current prices can be found here.
I was pretty excited to climb the stairs. I heard it was a great workout!
Not only can you view the falls from various angles (and get a little wet doing it), you also have the pleasure of seeing the St. Lawrence River, Québec City, and Île d’Orléans.
I even got to practice my French…
… and look at rocks!
It was quite breathtaking.
Up on top, there were some barren fields and old battle fortifications. Nothing much to see, really. I did, however, practiced my French by reading the years on the historical plaques! Mille sept cent cinquante-neuf…
Closer to mouth of the falls was a forest that showed off autumn’s lovely colours.
There was some sort of access behind the footbridge where you can see the water from the Montmorency River “fall down” the falls (ugh, how do you even describe this?!).
Going on the bridge!
A restaurant/events venue called Manoir Montmorency was located on the other side of the bridge. It was rebuilt in 1993 after a fire destroyed this historical summer residence. It was constructed in 1780 to 1781 by Governor Haldimand, Governor and Commander of the British forces in the Province of Québec at the time.
After we had our fill of the falls and everything around it, we took the aerial tram down… and saw a rainbow before going home!
Parc de la Chute-Montmorency is open year-round with no admission fee, but parking fees apply. Services such as the aerial tram, parking, and gift shop operate on a certain schedule depending on the season. Consult the park website first before you plan to go!