Montmorency Falls Park (Parc de la Chute-Montmorency)

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Avenue Royale

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Natural Wonders, Parks and Gardens, Hiking Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend

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  • 4.5Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 5.0Atmosphere

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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