Montmorency Falls

Montmorency Falls
Taller even than Niagara, though not nearly so vast and sweeping from side to side, the Montmorency Falls are a breathtaking sight that the traveler to Quebec must experience before leaving. There are many ways to see the falls; o­ne can stand o­n the grounds of the Parc de la Chute-Montmorency and look up, seeing all that water crashing down with tremendous force, or take the cable car to the top and watch the falls surge below. If the car itself is not enough of a rush, and if the traveler is not afraid of heights, they can then walk out across a bridge that spans the falls themselves. From there, the traveler can look down and truly feel the majesty of the falls as they drop away below in a roaring billow of water to crash o­nto the foam beneath.

Like Niagara, the Montmorency Falls are illuminated at night by great spotlights set up to shine off of the millions and millions of drops of water that explode into the crisp air. There are also fireworks displays at times, with the noise almost drowned out by the falls and the lights in the sky reflecting brightly off of the water below.

Montmorency Falls
For a very unique view of the falls, something not usually imagined, the traveler could visit in the winter. It is then that the water crashing beneath freezes into great cliffs of ice, huge towering hills where the spray turns solid before it can flow back to the water beneath. This is a dazzling spectacle, so much ice all together and rising higher than many buildings. Men and women come then to climb the falls as they would climb a glacier in New Zealand, struggling up the steep, slick sides with the falls still coming down above them.