365 Canadian Sights | Day 352: Montmorency Falls

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With a drop of around 275 feet and situated in the suburbs of one of the oldest cities in Canada, Montmorency Falls would probably be the most famous waterfalls in Canada if it weren’t for (the shorter) Niagara Falls.

Pouring over the cliffs at the edge of the St. Lawrence River, the Montmorency River has a couple falls in it in this area, but one is by far the most visible, spectacular and famous. The other two are usually just footnotes.

The falls have become a major tourism draw for the area, with a cable car, zipline and park built around them.

They also hold some historical significance, as fortifications for a British encampment from over 250 years ago sit nearby; the high cliff and drop-off over the river give excellent sightlines to the surrounding region (something to remember — don’t just get stuck on the falls, look around and enjoy the view from the upper park area).

It’s about a 10 or 15-minute drive from the city core, you can do it by transit and it takes about 45 minutes. To be fair, if you’ve never been to Quebec City before and you have a few days and no car, a bus ride through the city out to this site might be a fun little adventure. The sight at the end is definitely worth it.

Depending on what you want to do, access can cost very little or a lot. Just the basic entrance is a little under $6 for an out of province visitor. Meanwhile, if you want to do more it goe up quickly. The cable car I think is the most expensive thing, and it runs almost $50 for an adult. So look ahead and figure out what you want to do.

As it’s on the outskirts of Quebec City, it has to go up with a lot of cool architecture in the city’s interior, so it ranks a surprisingly low 13 on TripAdvisor. I’d say it’s the biggest natural sight, though. As usual, here’s it’s official site. A simpler version of all the essential info can be found on this tourism site. And if you want to read a flattering piece written about the falls, read this. 

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الجزيرة الوثائقية تتمنى لكم صباحا مشرقا ويوما سعيدا.. . سرب من الطيور المائية يستريح في البحيرة الزرقاء الشاسعة في مواجهة شلالات مونتمورينسي الهادرة، كيبيك، كندا . – شلالات مونتمورنسي هي أكبر شلالات موجودة على نهر مونتمورنسي في كيبك في كندا، وتبعد 12 كيلومترا عن قلب مدينة كيبك. . – يصل ارتفاع الشلالات إلى 84 مترا، وترتفع بـ 30 مترا عن شلالات نياجرا كما تصل منطقة حوض النهر إلى عمق 17 مترا. . 📸 بعدسة كافرام #montmorency #montmorencyfalls #canada #quebec #falls

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