Montmorency Falls Park (Parc de la Chute-Montmorency)#3 in Best Things To Do in Quebec City
Sitting about 9 miles northeast of Old Québec along the St. Lawrence River, Montmorency Falls Park attracts nature lovers and sightseers alike with its 272-foot waterfall. In case you can't imagine that, Montmorency Falls is one-and-a-half times taller than Niagara Falls. Although warmer summertime temperatures make a Montmorency visit much more comfortable, many travelers recommend stopping by in the winter to take in the natural beauty without the crowds.
There are a variety of activities at the park, including hiking trails, three playgrounds, two bike paths and a double zip line. From the top of the cliff, the zip line allows two people to simultaneously cross the cove of the falls (nearly 1,000 feet) to the La Baronne viewpoint. In the winter, snowshoeing and ice climbing are popular activities here.
You can visit the falls year-round free of charge by climbing the staircase from the visitor center. But many travelers warn that the stairs can be tough to navigate during the winter and that sometimes the stairs are closed due to ice. A cable car can take you to the top, but you'll pay roughly CA$12 (about $9.50) for an adult round-trip ticket. Zip line rides cost CA$26 for adults (around $20.50) and CA$19.50 (about $15.50) for children. You can access the park by bus from the old city (route No. 800), or you can drive, but be prepared for parking fees. For more information, including seasonal hours, visit the Montmorency Falls Park page on the Sépaq website (the government agency that manages parks and wildlife reserves).
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#1 Old Québec (Vieux-Québec)
Clustered around the city's harbor on the banks of the St. Lawrence River are the quaint stone buildings and narrow, winding streets of Old Québec. This historic neighborhood (and UNESCO World Heritage site) houses some of the city's most notable attractions, including the Citadel, the Quartier Petit-Champlain and the Notre-Dame Basilica. Just make sure you give yourself plenty of time here: You'll find it difficult to resist popping into one of Old Québec's artisan shops or stopping to warm up with an aromatic cup of coffee at one of the many charming cafes.
Many Québec City visitors cite the neighborhood's atmosphere as the primary draw, with many saying it feels just like being in Europe thanks to its cobblestone streets, stunning architecture and friendly locals.
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