Montmorency Falls in the summer.
|Location||Quebec City, Quebec, Canada|
|Total height||84 m (276 ft)|
|Number of drops||2|
|130 m3/s (4,600 cu ft/s)|
The falls are located on the boundary between the borough of Beauport, and Boischatel, about 12 km (7.5 mi) from the heart of old Quebec City. The area surrounding the falls is protected within the Montmorency Falls Park (French: Parc de la Chute-Montmorency). The falls are at the mouth of the Montmorency River where it drops over the cliff shore into the Saint Lawrence River, opposite the western end of the Île d'Orleans. The waterfalls are 83 m (272') tall, a full 30 m (99') higher than Niagara Falls.
Access and tourism
There are staircases that allow visitors to view the falls from several different perspectives. A suspension bridge over the crest of the falls provides access to both sides of the park. There is also a funitel that carries passengers between the base and the top of the falls. In the summer the park hosts an international fireworks competition with the falls as a backdrop.
During summer months, the falls give off a yellow glow due to high iron content in the waterbed.
The Ice Hotel was located at Montmorency Falls for its first year.
In popular culture
In his poem "Sleep and Poetry" (1816), John Keats says that human life is "a poor Indian's sleep / While his boat hastens to the monstrous steep / Of Montmorency." Recreational sleighing on the frozen falls is recorded in Letitia Elizabeth Landon's poem The Montmorency Waterfall and Cone of 1835.
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A look at the surrounding areas, opposite the falls. Quebec City can be viewed in the distance
Etching of the falls in the wintertime by James Peachey, National Archives of Canada
Photo of the Sugarloaf forming at the base of the falls in winter
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