Last updated on August 17th, 2022
Montmorency Falls, or Chute-Montmorency in French, is a scenic waterfall found on the outskirts of Quebec City, Quebec. At 272 feet (83 m), it is 30 meters higher than the iconic Niagara Falls but has less volume than Niagara. The falls and river are part of the Parc de la Chute-Montmorency. Water flows through the Montmorency River, over the waterfall, and into the St.Lawrence River.
A popular attraction in the Quebec City area, Chute-Montmorency is the second most visited after Old Quebec, with almost a million visitors each year. Be sure to add Montmorency Falls to your Quebec City itinerary. Less than 15 km from historic Old Quebec, you can visit Montmorency Falls on a day trip from Quebec City. This guide contains information on the falls, how to get to Montmorency Falls from Quebec City, and essential tips for visiting.
When to Visit Montmorency Falls
Montmorency Falls Park is open year-round. The best time to visit the falls will depend on which season is your personal favourite for admiring nature. Depending on which season you choose to visit the falls, different activities will be available.
The falls are especially beautiful in the autumn, with the fall colours taking over the trees. The tree leaves become vibrant shades of red, orange, and yellow and are a beautiful sight to see. I chose to visit in the fall, and I enjoyed seeing the fall foliage beginning and breathing the crisp fall air. For a fall itinerary for Quebec City, read my Perfect Fall Weekend in Quebec City.
During the winter, Montmorency Falls is a winter wonderland. Splashes from the waterfall freeze and form a natural ice cone at the base of the falls. The park remains open, but the staircase closes for safety purposes. The cable car operates weather-dependent during the winter months. Snowshoes are available for rental and can be used to enjoy the upper trails and on the suspension bridge. For the more adventurous, there is ice climbing available.
Activities in Parc de la Chute-Montmorency include hiking, ziplining, snowshoeing, and ice climbing. Whichever month you choose to visit, Montmorency Falls is enjoyable in every season.
How to Visit Montmorency Falls – The Best Ways to View the Falls
There are a variety of ways to experience Chute-Montmorency, including riding a cable car, walking over the suspension bridge, from the staircase lookout, the promenade at the waterfall’s base, or ziplining in front of the falls.
Along the top edge of the falls, the boardwalk will take you to a lookout and the suspension bridge. The suspension bridge crosses the river along the top of the falls, where you can be close to the waterfall’s edge. Walking across the suspension bridge is a must-do at Montmorency Falls. The bridge is very stable and not bouncy like some bridges. Besides the incredible view of the falls, the suspension bridge provides views of the St.Lawrence River and Quebec City.
There are cable car rides available to transport people between the top and bottom of the waterfall, offering a scenic view during the ride. Cable car tickets are single rides in one direction. During the ride, you will see the falls, in addition to beautiful views of Île d’Orléans, the St.Lawrence River, and Quebec City. The ride lasts for a few minutes.
If you do not wish to ride the cable car, you can use the stairs or drive between the top and bottom of Montmorency Falls. During my visit to the falls, I used the stairs and drove.
Montmorency Falls Stairs
Within Montmorency Park is a staircase that leads to the bottom of the falls, with an observation deck with a few different levels offering different views of the falls. The staircase was built along the cliffside and contains 487 steps. Be prepared to take breaks, and admire the falls from the various lookouts.
Zipline Montmorency Falls
If you are looking for a unique way to experience Montmorency Falls, try zip lining! From the top of the cliff, you will zipline 300 m, crossing in front of the falls. To zip-line across Montmorency Falls, it will take 30-45 minutes from start to finish, including the time to sign-up.
Unfortunately, during my visit in October, the ziplining was not open, so I could not zipline the falls.
How To Get To Montmorency Falls from Quebec City
To reach Montmorency Falls from Quebec City, you can drive, take a bus, bicycle, or taxi.
Here are directions to get to the park via bus and driving.
Quebec City to Montmorency Falls Bus – starting from Fairmont Le Château Frontenac
- Take bus 11 – Gare Fluviale at Fairmont Le Château Frontenac
- Ride for 5 stops and exit at Gare-Palais
- Walk for 4 minutes – down Rue Saint-Paul towards the park, pass the park, turn right on Bd Jean-Lesage and hop on the bus on Bd Jean-Lesage at the corner (Rue de la Gare du Palais)
- Take bus 800 – T.C-Montmorency at Gare-Palais
- Ride for 28 stops and exit at T.C – Montmorency
- Walk from the bus to the park
The bus ride lasts about 50 minutes, and the bus will take you to the top of the falls.
Driving Directions From Quebec City
- Take the Autoroute 440 E ramp to Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré
- Continue onto A. 440 E
- Take exit 325 toward Parc de la Chute-Montmorency/QC-138 O
- Turn left onto Bd Sainte-Anne/QC-368 O
- Turn right onto Av. St Grégoire
- Follow the road until you reach the Parking Lot Entrance
The drive takes approximately 15 minutes from Old Quebec City to Montmorency Falls Park.
Montmorency Falls Park – Lower Parking Lot
Address: 5300 Bd Sainte-Anne, Québec, QC G1C 0M3
Montmorency Falls Park Tickets
Tickets for Montmorency Falls park can be paid on-site or through their online ticket system. An entrance ticket is required when services are available. During select times in the winter months, park entry is free, and those dates are listed on the park website.
Parking at Parc de la Chute-Montmorency
There are two parking areas at Montmorency Falls Park. You can park at either the bottom of the falls or the top. Parking is paid per vehicle and can be purchased on-site or online. A parking ticket is valid for the day, allowing you to move between the two parking lots. Hold onto your parking ticket to show if you plan on changing parking lots.
Lower Parking Lot Address: 5300 Bd Sainte-Anne, Québec, QC G1C 0M3
Upper Parking Lot Address: 2490 Ave Royale, Quebec City, QC G1C 1S1
Tips for Visiting Montmorency Falls
- Make sure you see the falls from both the top and the bottom. They both provide very different views of the waterfall, and your visit is not complete if you don’t see both angles.
- Visit the bottom of Montmorency Falls first. It is exciting to see the falls from afar first and slowly get closer and closer until you reach the top; I found it added to the experience.
- If you plan to zipline, wear loose-fitting clothing and closed-toe shoes. They will provide you with the best ziplining experience.
- Weekdays are less crowded, so visit the falls on a weekday if possible.
- If you don’t want to take the stairs or cable car to get to the falls, drive your car up/down. Your parking pass allows you to enter from either parking lot. It will save you time and effort if you are short on time.
- You do not need a full day at Montmorency Falls. Visit as a day trip or even a half-day. During my visit, I stayed 3 hours at the park.
- Bring your camera and have fun, as there are plenty of fun photo opportunities within the park.
Visiting Montmorency Falls is one of many things to do in Quebec City. Now you know the best time to visit and how to get to Montmorency Falls Park. You will not want to miss this natural gem so close to the city. Enjoy your time in the beautiful province of Quebec.
Hope this information helped you plan how to visit Montmorency Falls from Quebec City, Quebec.