May 29, 2007

Montmorency Falls, Quebec

Montmorency Falls Park, or Parc de la Chute-Montmorency, is just outside Quebec City, near the bridge that takes you to Ile d'Orleans. We combined a visit to the falls with a tour of the island. At the park, you have the option of climbing 487 steps up to the falls, or taking the cable car. Once at the top, you can walk out on a suspension bridge right over the top of the falls.

Although not as wide as Niagra Falls, Montmorency is about 98 feet higher. Besides admiring the falls, you can take advantage of the hiking trails or bike paths, picnic tables and playground, shops, and a snack bar and dairy bar.

The park is open year-round, and pictures in the visitor center show an incredible ice wall in the winter. In the summer, the falls are host to an international fireworks competition, Les Grands Feux Loto-Qu├ębec. In 2006, the competition had 118,500 spectators. This year, five countries are competing from July 21-August 4, with the grand finale on August 8th.