Waterfalls in Quebec City

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Waterfalls in Quebec City

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  • Esther S
    77 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I don't understand how this place is not as well known as the Niagrara Falls. Nature at its finest ... and you can literally walk to the base of the falls, wade in the lake that forms at the base, or take the cable car to the top of the falls for a spectacular view as you walk across the water falls 😀
    Written June 17, 2024
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  • Loribbb
    Gaithersburg, MD15 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Montmorency Falls may be taller than Niagara Falls, and rather pretty, but if you've been to Niagara Falls you may be a bit underwhelmed by the experience here. I was all ready to pay $26 for a shuttle from Old Quebec to the falls, and knowing that the price included entrance to the falls. However, we woke up early, and the first shuttle leaves at 10:45 am, so by 9 am we were on the 800 bus from d'Youville (direction "Terminus - Chute Montmorency"), about a km from the Chateau Frontenac. The cost for the bus is $3.75 each way, and you can purchase a card with 2 fares at a discount at Giguere (next to the Noel Christmas Shop) or Jac & Gil (several locations). If you are not from Canada, you must use cash to purchase a bus fare card (no credit card). We purchased and used a bus card, but knew from the day before that you could pay using bills and change on the bus (bring exact; they do not make change on the bus). It's a fairly long ride, with some wild turns (we took several buses and joked that every bus driver went to the same driving school and learned how to take sharp curves at rather high speed). The terminus of the 800 bus is "des Rapides"; it will not look like you're at a touristy waterfall, it looks like an outdoor bus terminal. Get off, walk in the direction the bus was headed, and you'll soon walk over a bridge (you can see the walking bridge over the falls and the back of the falls, which will not really look like a waterfall), and take the first right after the bridge to the entrance (the pedestrian entrance is inside the metal fencing). It was about $13 to enter. Walk a short distance and you're at the entrance to the long walk down the >400 stairs. Look up a map before you go, because I'm not 100% sure I saw the entrance to the steps.

    A fairly short walk further and you'r at the "suspension bridge". This is not the type that shakes much or sways; it is pretty solid (if you stand still you will feel it move up/down a tiny bit), has wooden flooring and solid handrails, and is not scary (unless you're really afraid of bridges or height). There's room for more than 2 people to pass easily. Still a treat to walk across, but if you do not decide to visit the top of the falls, you might not care that much if you miss walking across it.

    After the bridge, walk further and you can either walk on the upper path to the restaurant (still closed for the season until June 16, they said) and top of the cable car, or (recommended) walk down some stairs on your left, see the falls from the Baroness' lookout, and take that lower path to the restaurant (public bathrooms, cold water to fill your bottles, and a small gift shop) and top cable car station).

    Here's where you get my opinion. On the day we visited, the weather was lovely, there was a gentle breeze, but the lower observation platform at the bottom of the >400 steps was closed. That's the place where you can get close to the bottom of the falls and get wet from the spray. With that closed, we weren't excited about walking down hundreds of steps, or taking the cable car down ($15 round-trip, or possibly to ride all day; I'm not sure) and walking across the falls at the bottom and around to the (closed) platform, so we opted to NOT take the cable car. It's not a long ride, it looked like you had to stand, and I just wasn't feeling it. So we saved $15 and possibly did not see great views; I don't know and I didn't really care. We walked around a bit, retraced our steps and took the bus back (from the same location where we got off).

    More opinion: the bus takes you to the top of the falls. If you take the bus ($7.50 round trip and $13 entrance), it's $21, and the shuttle is $26. Almost the same, except we were able to leave at 9 am and return around 11:30 am, which I think was about 2 hours before the first return shuttle. PLEASE ask at the very helpful Tourist Info right near the Dufferin boardwalk because I did not take the shuttle and I am not sure about this. So we got to go early, and return early, and save about $5. I THINK (again, please confirm) the shuttle drops you at the bottom of the falls (there was parking visible both at the top and the bottom). Now, if true, that's a different story, because if you want to go to the top of the falls and walk over the bridge, you have to take the cable car ($15) or walk the >400 steps. The cable car is NOT included in the shuttle (see shuttle reviews). So if you're happy just seeing the top of the falls, you can save some loonies taking the bus, but if you know you want to take the cable car and/or see the falls from the bottom, the shuttle will get you there faster than the bus, on the shuttle schedule, or you can take the bus when you want. The cable car is not included in either mode of transportation.

    We did not see anyone doing the zipline; it may not have been open yet (or may have been closed for the same reason the observation deck was; I have no idea).The zip line terminates at the Baroness' viewpoint. We did not walk/hike any of the nature trails, which may be lovely. You could easily spend several hours here, but I went, walked the bridge and saw the top of the falls from the Baroness' lookout, walked a little more, and left. That all took about an hour, and I was happy seeing the falls only from the top.
    Written June 16, 2024
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  • James T
    192 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This fairly impressive waterfall is located a short distance from the Montmorency falls. It is not really visible from the main road.
    It is quite tall and nice
    Written September 14, 2019
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  • Lise Steinhauer
    Jupiter, FL5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This firm was chosen by a trip planner, but they provided excellent professional service. I don't know what it cost.
    Written September 29, 2019
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
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