View from Île d'Orleans to the Fireworks at the Chutes Montmorency. The Montmorency Falls, or Chutes Montmorency in French, is one of the most popular tourist attraction in Quebec city. The falls, at 83 meters (272 ft.) high, are the highest in the province of Quebec and 30 m (98 ft.) higher than Niagara Falls. The basin at the foot of the falls is 17 m (56 ft.) deep. 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 falls were given this name in 1613 by Samuel de Champlain. He named them in honour of Henri II, duc de Montmorency, who served as viceroy of New France from 1620 until 1625.
The falls may be viewed from several perspectives. There are staircases that allow the visitor to observe them from different angles. A suspension bridge over the crest of falls provides access to both sides of the park as well as a spectacular view. There is also an aerial tram (cable car) 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. I've had the pleasure to see them in summer 2005.
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Photo taken in Sainte-Pétronille, QC, Canada
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