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Montmorency Falls Park (Parc de la Chute-Montmorency)
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Bike Tour to Montmorency Falls from Quebec City
Ranked #3 of 214 things to do in Quebec City
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: These 275-foot falls on the Montmorency River tower higher than even the legendary Niagara Falls.The 2013 season promises to be exhilarating for people who will visit Parc de la Chute-Montmorency – Montmorency Falls, the second most visited site of the provincial capital after Old Quebec. The highlight of all the new summer activities is certainly the opening of two via ferrata routes built in the Boischatel fault near the waterfalls. Via ferrata – this is italien for “iron roads”, is an activity accessible to everyone over 12 years old that combines hiking and rock climbing. The two paths are built on the rockface on the eastern side of the waterfall. The less adventurous will also be able to get stunning views of the 83-meter high waterfall aboard the cable car which now runs with sparkling new cabins. History buffs will be glad to know that guided tours are now offered each weekend in the company of Sir Frederick Haldimand, who served as Governor of Quebec from 1778 to 1786 and Mathilde Robin, best known as the Lady in White, who lost her fiancé during the Montmorency Battle in 1759. Guided tours are offered in French or English until Labour Day weekend.
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“Go in Winter”
Reviewed April 8, 2013

Lovely place to visit, I especially like it in winter because the falls are frozen. Went in January and in April and the falls were very pretty. In Jan is was especially pretty because the falls freeze in big bubble formations and is still running in other places, it's really cool! Dress warm though, it was Very cold!!!

Visited April 2013
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“Worth the trip outside the city”
Reviewed April 7, 2013

Montmorency Falls are spectacular. While not quite as broad as Niagara, they are higher and quite impressive in their own right. Getting up close and personal is even better – there is a walkway that goes from the visitor center along the catch basin to a staircase that ascends the slate hill to the east. The falls are in view along most of the way and there are several overlooks for picture taking or lingering to soak up the scenery. It can be a bit damp in places closer to the falls.

When climbing the stairs, be sure to look down at the slate hillside; even if you have no interest in geology, the slate sheets jutting out of the striated hillside are an interesting formation. It can be a bit disorienting, but not to worry, there are solid hand rails all along the stairway.

Quebec City is visible at the top of the stairway. The trail to the suspension bridge over the falls is not well defined, but just head to the left across the park and eventually the path through the trees to the suspension bridge will come into view on the left. From the bridge you can look down from the top of the falls and hear the roar below. There is also a fabulous view of the Saint Lawrence Seaway, Ile d’Orleans and the bridge to the island.

Continue following the trail to a stately looking restaurant, Le Manior Montmorency, which is near the gondola terminal. Yes, there is a gondola, if you’re inclined not to walk back down (or up in the first place). We took the gondola down due to time constraints, and the views are pretty nice from it too, but the sights, sounds and smells are worth the walk. It’s good exercise too! (Note: you don’t get a break on the price just going down – about $10CAD/person as I recall.)

The falls can be reached by car or bus from Quebec City, but we took a half-day tour that was recommended and booked by the concierge at the hotel (Hilton Quebec City). The tour also included: Ile d’Orleans, the Art Gilles Copper Factory and Museum, Chez Marie and the Saint Anne de Beaupre Cathedral. All of the stops were enjoyable, but the falls were the highlight.

Visited October 2012
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Winter Garden
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“Perfect day for active travelers”
Reviewed April 6, 2013

A cheap 30 min city bus ride will take you to the falls from Quebec City. Be well prepared with appropriate foot wear and light jacket. The snow can be very slippery and after about 500 stairs it gets a little hot. The view from the top is almost as beautiful as the view from the bottom. Watch your step, if its a sunny day make sure to bring your sun glasses. A must see while in Quebec!!

Visited March 2013
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“Worth a side trip!”
Reviewed April 4, 2013

Beautiful water fall with great access. You walk up a winding path with a few stairs and across a bridge OVER the falls! If you are brave - or in great shape - take the stairs down the far side.

Visited August 2012
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“Beautiful park and Falls”
Reviewed April 2, 2013

Get the 800 bus out of Quebec to the end of the line and you are right by the top of the Falls. Amazing site of the powerful water fall from the bridge and the via the cable car to the bottom to see the full splendour.

Visited March 2013
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