My family and I spent the First week of January in Quebec City, we rented a sweet little house about five minutes from Old Quebec City and based all our wanderings from there.

I took some many photos that I’m proud of and want to share with you all,  but I think there are a few too many to share all at once so I’m going to do a little miniseries, not published in any particular order other than the order I feel like posting them.

Welcome to Wandering Quebec.

After two very cold snowy days, we finally had a clear slightly more mild day, and we chose to visit Montmorency Falls or Chutes Montmorency. 

dsc_0045Montmorency Falls is located on the boundary between the borough of Beauport, and Boischatel, about 7.5 miles from the heart of old Quebec City. The area surrounding the falls is protected within the Montmorency Falls Park. 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 272′ tall, a full 99′ higher than Niagara Falls

In 1608, Samuel de Champlain visited the falls at the mouth of the river and named it the great falls of Montmorency” in honor of Charles de Montmorency who Champlain had dedicated his explorations. The name of the falls came to be applied to the whole river.

In 1759, the Montmorency River formed a major obstacle to English General James Wolfe that prevented him from invading Quebec City from the east and subsequently forced him to scale the cliffs west of the city and battle the French on the Plains of Abraham. Remains of an earthen fort built by Wolfe can still be found on the east side of the falls.

In the 19th century, colonization and logging of the interior really took off, and settlers came to the Sainte-Brigitte-de-Laval area in 1830. The river was used for log driving and its shorelines became industrialized with the construction of a hydro-electric dam and sawmill top and foot of the Montmorency Falls respectively. After the logging period ended, the textile industry started to develop at the mouth of the river.

In 1992, the area surrounding the falls and mouth of the river was made into a park and developed for tourism with viewing platforms, stairs, pedestrian bridge, aerial tram,  and a visitor’s center.

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What an absolutely stunning place, the view from the footbridge was so breathtaking I hardly noticed the icy wind, there is something so fiercely beautiful about waterfalls in the winter.

I hope you enjoyed the first instalment of Wandering Quebec! There will be more coming very soon.

 

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