Montmorency Falls – A Stunning Waterfall in Quebec City

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We may have saved one of the best spots for last on our trip to Quebec City. After a busy few days wandering the city streets, marveling at the fortified walls, and exploring the sites of this historic UNESCO site, we ventured outside of the downtown area to Montmorency Falls. We stopped here before embarking on the eight-hour drive home, and it was one of the highlights of our trip. It is a given that if you’re a fan of waterfalls, you’ve gotta see this.

Montmorency Falls, or Chute Montmorency, is a huge waterfall located along the Montmorency River. And I’m not exaggerating, it is a huge waterfall. At 275 feet high and 150 feet across, it is the highest waterfall in all of Quebec. It’s even nearly 100 feet higher than Niagara Falls! There are several different ways to enjoy views of the waterfall: from down at the base of the waterfall, from several staircases beside the waterfall, and from a suspension bridge over the crest of the falls!

Riding the Cable Car

We parked our car at the parking lot within the entrance to Montmorency Falls Park, located at the top of the waterfall. From there, we chose to ride the aerial cable car down to the bottom of the waterfall. There are two trams running back and forth all day long, so it does not take long to wait for one to arrive. The ride from top to bottom was very smooth, and we were provided with incredible views of the waterfall on the way down.

Our first view of Montmorency Falls from the Cable Car

Base of Montmorency Falls

There was a huge path leading to the falls that would accommodate many visitors. Thankfully, it actually wasn’t too busy when we arrived. For a Friday in August, I was surprised by that! We saw many visitors arriving by bicycle, which leads me to believe that the waterfall is along a bike path out of the city.

The waterfall itself was absolutely gorgeous. The mist got quite intense at times right beside the falls. Some puddles had accumulated on the ground, but there were some ledges that you could step on above the puddles to avoid getting your feet too wet. We stood here for quite some time, marveling at its beauty and the sheer force of the water as it endlessly pummeled over the cliff.

Staircases Below the Falls

When you reach the base of the falls, there are some staircases directly to your right that lead up the side of the cliffs for additional views. There were several little gazebos on the way up that provided excellent viewpoints. We walked up to the first one for a fantastic look at Montmorency Falls. While we weren’t feeling especially lazy, we didn’t feel that it was necessary to climb up to the upper gazebos. They likely didn’t offer a vastly different view, but I could see that it would be useful if there were a lot of people gathering at the waterfall. Climbing up to that top gazebo would be a great way of escaping the crowd. I would definitely recommend hiking up to at least the first hut as we saw a lovely rainbow at the base of the falls that wasn’t visible when we stood at the very bottom.

Another bridge visible from the huts, perhaps along a hiking trail!

Suspension Bridge Above the Falls

After we were finished viewing the falls from the base, we ventured back up to the top of the waterfall for yet another scenic lookout! This time, it was from right above the waterfall on a suspension bridge that extended completely across the top of Montmorency Falls. We took the cable car back up to the top (another fun ride!). From there, we walked beyond Montmorency Manor (Manoir Montmorency) on a five minute walk to the bridge.

Montmorency Manor was the summer residence of Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, the father of Queen Victoria. It was constructed in 1781. Nowadays, it contains a restaurant with a lovely patio, and an interpretive centre.

Montmorency Manor

After a short scenic walk, we were rewarded with impressive views of the surrounding region, as well as the waterfall. It was quite loud as the water rushed over the rocky cliff edge. While the view of the waterfall itself was best from down below, the suspension bridge offered fantastic area sights of the bridge to Île d’Orléans and the Montmorency River.

Waterfall view from above
Staircases at Montmorency

Travel Tips:
  • Try to go here on a weekday in the summer. It wasn’t very busy for us, even on a Friday with a cruise ship in port! I could imagine it getting busier here on the weekends during the summer. Either that, or visit during the Spring, Fall, or even the Winter for an alternate snowy and icy view!
  • Parking is $10 per car. A round-trip ride on the aerial cable car is $13.25/adult, $6.75/children. You can buy a pass for a couple that includes parking and unlimited rides on the cable car for $29, or a pass for a family for $38. This might be the most cost effective option for families and couples!
  • The entire cove of the park is lit up at night. While we didn’t go here in the evening, that could be a great sight!
  • Snowshoes are available for rent here in the winter. You can also winter camp here and go ice climbing!

Montmorency Falls

5300 boulevard Sainte-Anne
Québec (Québec)


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Montmorency Falls 46.885369, -71.145065 Montmorency Falls, Quebec City, Quebec 5300 Boulevard Sainte-Anne, Quebec, Canada (Directions)


Disclaimer: We were guests of Montmorency Falls, hosted by Quebec City Tourism. Our thoughts and opinions, as always, are completely our own. Be sure to follow the hashtag #QuebecRegion on social media for the latest and greatest places to visit in Quebec!

38 Responses

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  2. Chris Boothman
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    We had a great time at Montmorency Falls though when we visited the staircase to the bottom was closed! Even without being able to go to the base of the falls, it was really cool to walk across the bridge and capture some great photographs. The cable car experience was cool also and the views looking back over the St. Lawrence River and Quebec City are awesome.

    I love your picture of the falls with the rainbow, that was really great timing!
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  4. Erin | No Ordinary Nomad
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    Looks like a great way to spend a day! Love the photo of the falls with the rainbow, fantastic shot!
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  5. Rachel
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    Wow. A stunning waterfall indeed! And some great photos 🙂 I would be tempted to climb all the way to the top gazebo just for the hell of it!
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    • Lauren
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      Thank you so much! And yes, now that I think about it, maybe we should have climbed to that top gazebo…I guess we had climbed so many stairs over the past few days of being there that we thought that one more staircase was just one too many lol!
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  6. San
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    Damn how beautiful is that!!!! That is going to be put on my travel list 🙂
    Thanks for sharing!
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  7. Adrienne
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    We are only a few hours from Montreal and need to make it there soon. This post was a great reminder of that! Great images!
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  8. What a gorgeous sight! Seeing the waterfall from above is also a cool perspective. And you had great weather when you visited . . .
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  9. Isabella
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    Wow! Very nice place & very useful travel tips. It’s nice that you wrote it all at the end of the post. Very nice idea 🙂
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  10. Jolanta
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    We’ve been to Quebec City a very long time ago, but haven’t seen the falls. Since we’re planning to go there again (with kids, this time), I’m pinning it to my Quebec City board 🙂
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  11. Jolanta
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    We’ve been to Quebec City a very long time ago, but haven’t seen the falls. Since we’re planning to go there again (with kids, this time), I’m pinning it to my Quebec City board 🙂
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  12. Carmen (CarmensTravelTips)
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    Wow, what a beautiful waterfall. I definitely need to get myself up to Quebec one day. Thanks for sharing.

  13. Steven
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    Beautiful pictures, guys, would love to visit.

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  14. Stephanie Mayo
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    With every post on your visit to Quebec you have literally bumped it up my list of places I MUST go. But this place takes the cake, like you said if you like waterfalls (and I do indeed) this is THE waterfalls to see. I love that there are so many vantage points, from below, cable car, the awesome winding staircase and the suspension bridge, I can only imagine the endless photos I’d take.
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    • Lauren
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      That’s fantastic! I really hope you can get out there sometime soon. There are many waterfalls as well besides this one that we didn’t get the chance to visit – if you search for waterfalls near Quebec City, you’ll find a whole bunch! We simply ran out of time, but next time we’ll go to more 🙂
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  15. Shikha (whywasteannualleave)
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    I hadn’t heard of these waterfalls before but they look so pretty 🙂
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  16. Megan Claire
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    Wow this is super gorgeous! Had no idea Quebec City had such an amazing falls!
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  17. antonette - we12travel
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    Very impressive! And so close to the city. I’ll remember to stop by if I’m back in QC CIty!
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  18. Michele {Malaysian Meanders}
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    In all that I’ve heard about Quebec, this is the first I’ve heard of Montmorency Falls. This looks like a fabulous place to enjoy nature and a nice change from all the historic buildings in town. That view down from the suspension bridge is incredible.
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  19. Sammi Wanderlustin'
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    It looks utterly gorgeous 🙂 I love waterfalls. The spray coming off them is so refreshing 🙂
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  20. Hannah
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    Beautiful photos! I didn’t see the falls when I was in Quebec City (although it was feb) so maybe next time around. I love the idea of taking the cable car…I’ve never been in one before but they look so fun!
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  21. Mary {The World Is A Book}
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    Just gorgeous! I love how they have many different vantage and scenic points to see this majestic waterfall. I haven’t heard of it before and it is so beautiful. I think I would really enjoyt hat cable car ride and the suspension bridge. More reasons to go to Quebec 🙂 Beautiful photos!
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  22. […] the perfect full-day or half-day trip. You can easily combine a visit to the island with a trip to Montmorency Falls, which lies directly across the way from Île d’Orléans, or venture a little farther outside […]

  23. My goodness guys, what a spot! I think Quebec city should hire you as tourism reps, you did a great job of making me want to go there!
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  24. Corinne
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    Lauren, This looks like a gorgeous spot to picnic and hike around for the day. I would love to go!
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  25. alexa
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    LOVE the photos! Tripod or no?
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  26. That waterfall is massive! And beautiful, too. Thank you for sharing – these are some great photos!

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