The Montmorency Falls Provincial park (French: Parc de la Chute-Montmorency) is home to the highest waterfalls in the province of Quebec and about 30 meters higher than Niagara’s famous falls. The Montmorency river is a tributary to the Saint Lawrence River and the falls are the point where the two rivers meet. There are some winding stairs along the right hand side of the Montmorency Falls that lead all the way to the suspension bridge that spans the river at the point where it plummets down the cliff. I made it most of the way up and would love to lie and say I made it to the bridge and crossed it. However I have this ridiculous fear of heights that I try to challenge from time to time only to be faced once again with the certainty that not only could I fall but I’m 110% sure that I will fall. So why tempt fate right? I’m glad you all agree!
During the winter months the falls freeze over and the brave at heart ice climb the wall of ice that the river turns into. The spray sent up by the falls freezes into a 30 meter high mountain of pure ice that the locals call the Pain de Sucre or Sugarloaf. In the summer the falls are the backdrop to Les Grands Feux Loto-Québec which is an international fireworks competition. If you’re visiting Quebec City make sure to take the time to visit the Montmorency Falls as they are only 10 kilometers away and the park is open year round.
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