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“Montmorency Falls”

Montmorency Falls Park (Parc de la Chute-Montmorency)
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Bike Tour to Montmorency Falls from Quebec City
Ranked #4 of 210 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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“Montmorency Falls”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2009

The fallsare fabulous - Spend time and enjoy them. Avoid the tour that takes you to the chocolate STORE , maple butter and bread STORE, copper factory STORE and baciillica with additonal entry fees The four hour and 30 minute tour could have been condensed to 2 to 3 hours with a visit to only the falls. The copper factory and maple store were a complete waste of time "tourist trap's" By the time you arrive at the basicilla you are far enough away from Quebec to reasonably "cut out" and take a cab back to Quebec.

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“Montmorency Falls - Worth the trip”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2009

We went to the Falls this morning and really enjoyed it. We took the 800 bus from de Saint Helene (near Saint Roch) and it becomes the 50 bus in Beauport, which then goes to the top of the falls. The bus was $2.60 per person (exact change) and took about 40 minutes. From the bus stop, you can go through a gate in the fence and down a stone path to the foot-bridge over the top of the Falls (entrance to the falls is free). Note that the return bus stop is directly across the street from where you were dropped off. Follow it around to another foot-bridge and then you can go down the stairs for better viewing. We went all the way to the bottom and then back up on the lift to complete the loop. The gondola is $8 per person (discount for round trip), but it saves time and climbing lots of stairs. The views of Quebec City in the distance were nice, and the Falls had two rainbows. Restrooms are located in the bldg where you get the gondola or in the maison at the top.

It appears that the 53 bus also goes to the Falls, but we took the 800/50 and it worked out just fine for us. In total it was a 3 hour trip (40 min travel each way) and then we had a lovely lunch back in the city, but there are also nice shaded areas to have a picnic if you bring your lunch.

The RTC website is all in French, but if you know what bus number you are looking for, then it's not that hard to figure out. The 800 bus comes through downtown Quebec City about every 10-12 minutes, but you will want to look at the 50 bus schedule for the way back since it only comes about every 30 minutes in the middle of the day.

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“Ride City transit to Montmorency Falls”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2009

We visited Quebec City in October 2008 and took a city transit bus RTC from downtown close to Gare du Palais out to the falls. It was a great way to get there. No parking fees or driving hassels. Got to see parts of Quebec City along the way and best of all the bus lets you off at the top of the falls! You don't need to ride the cable car and can easily walk across the suspension bridge and around the park. We walked part way down the stairs for the view, but decided no point in going all the way to the bottom...it would just mean climbing back up to get to the bus for the ride home! Explore the city transit option. It was great for us.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2008

These falls are just outside of Quebec City and can be viewed from the bridge going to Orleans Island. In the summer, there is a fireworks display at night which lights up the falls. One can take a cable car up to the falls and walk over them on a bridge. Whether viewed from a distance or up close, they are a spectacular sight.

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“Excellent falls! Enjoyed our visit.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2008

We enjoyed very much our stop at the Montmorency Falls Park to see the falls on our way to tour the Ile d'Orleans. There is a $10 fee per car to enter the parking area. But after that you can choose whether to just view the falls from the visitor center, walk the wooden staircase or take the cable car to the top (extra fee) or a combination of the staircase and the cable car each direction. At first the wooden steps seems daunting from the visitor station but we decided to walk up to the first platform (there are 3 platforms on the stairs that you can sit, rest and take photos).Before walking the stairs, we walked along the cement platform and were thrilled to see the many rainbows and weren't bothered by the spray from the falls. Next after walking to the first platform you get better and better views of the falls. So we went to the other 2 platforms and then to the top. I think I read it is about 435 steps to the top. The falls at each each elevation were breathtaking and we got lots of great photos! At the very top got lots of photos of Quebec city, the bridge to Ile d'Orleans and St. Lawrence. Highly recommend you give the walk on the stairs a try -- it was worth it and not too bad if you are in moderate good shape (you can choose only to go to the first platform only). Or consider taking the cable car up one way and the stairs down. I think you get the best views from the base or the stairs as the cable car brings you to the top then you are looking down at the falls and photos I've seen aren't as dramatic.

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