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Quebec's Montmorency Falls are higher than Niagara Falls

Montmorency Falls is 83 meters high (30 meters higher than Niagara!) and only 13 kms from Quebec City

Montmorency Falls is 83 meters high (30 meters higher than Niagara!) and only 13 kms from Quebec City

The pedestrian suspension bridge goes right over the top of the falls; it's a scenic view but to actually best see the falls you have to venture to the bottom

The pedestrian suspension bridge goes right over the top of the falls; it's a scenic view but to actually best see the falls you have to venture to the bottom

You can see the edge of a zipline platform and the line across the falls; it is closed this time of year but I bought tickets on it for Mike, Gary and Becky for their August visit

You can see the edge of a zipline platform and the line across the falls; it is closed this time of year but I bought tickets on it for Mike, Gary and Becky for their August visit

The water flows over the falls at a rate of 35000 liters per second; the river flow at the top looked lethargic but somehow transforms into this impressive sight

The water flows over the falls at a rate of 35000 liters per second; the river flow at the top looked lethargic but somehow transforms into this impressive sight

The cable car was the only expense I had at the falls; it dates from the early 1900s and took guests up to the Manoir Montmorency

The cable car was the only expense I had at the falls; it dates from the early 1900s and took guests up to the Manoir Montmorency

The first panoramic staircase was built around 1870; the current staircase has almost 500 steps; since I took the cable car down I took the staircase up

The first panoramic staircase was built around 1870; the current staircase has almost 500 steps; since I took the cable car down I took the staircase up

Samuel de Champlain discovered the falls in 1608 and named them for his immediate commander (brown noser!) Charles de Montmorency

Samuel de Champlain discovered the falls in 1608 and named them for his immediate commander (brown noser!) Charles de Montmorency

Quebec City is in the distance; the 800 bus from there goes right to the falls for 3.50 CAD, no change provided

Quebec City is in the distance; the 800 bus from there goes right to the falls for 3.50 CAD, no change provided

The falls became quite popular with Quebec society in the 1800s as shown in this painting by James Patterson Cockburn

The falls became quite popular with Quebec society in the 1800s as shown in this painting by James Patterson Cockburn

Spray from the falls creates the Sugarloaf; it reached a record height of 126 feet high in 1829; I had to climb to the top and had fun sliding back down

Spray from the falls creates the Sugarloaf; it reached a record height of 126 feet high in 1829; I had to climb to the top and had fun sliding back down

This fault line is the meeting place of 3 geological regions - the Canadian Shield, the Appalachian Mtns and the St. Lawrence Lowlands

This fault line is the meeting place of 3 geological regions - the Canadian Shield, the Appalachian Mtns and the St. Lawrence Lowlands

The falls are 27 stories high and were the highlight of my visit to Quebec City

The falls are 27 stories high and were the highlight of my visit to Quebec City

The Sugarloaf had a giant fracture at the top that corresponded with the 43 km long Boschatel fault

The Sugarloaf had a giant fracture at the top that corresponded with the 43 km long Boschatel fault

Imagine Champlain sailing down the St. Lawrence River in 1608 and coming upon this magnificent sight

Imagine Champlain sailing down the St. Lawrence River in 1608 and coming upon this magnificent sight

The zipline looked like it would be great fun!; I was bummed that it is closed this time of year but look forward to photos of it from Mike, Gary and Becky

The zipline looked like it would be great fun!; I was bummed that it is closed this time of year but look forward to photos of it from Mike, Gary and Becky

In the winter, ice climbers tackle the frozen rock faces of the cliffs on each side of the falls; would be interesting to watch how they do it

In the winter, ice climbers tackle the frozen rock faces of the cliffs on each side of the falls; would be interesting to watch how they do it

You had to climb over several locked gates in order to reach the Sugarloaf; fortunately Canadians use common sense and didn't get too close to the melting ice

You had to climb over several locked gates in order to reach the Sugarloaf; fortunately Canadians use common sense and didn't get too close to the melting ice

The Battle of Montmorency was fought on the plateau behind me on July 31, 1759; the French defeated the British in this battle but ended up losing the French and Indian War at the Plains of Abraham

The Battle of Montmorency was fought on the plateau behind me on July 31, 1759; the French defeated the British in this battle but ended up losing the French and Indian War at the Plains of Abraham

The Manoir Montmorency is an interpretation center and restaurant overlooking the falls; rumor has it that Queen Victoria stayed at the original manoir

The Manoir Montmorency is an interpretation center and restaurant overlooking the falls; rumor has it that Queen Victoria stayed at the original manoir

Rainbow at the base of the falls illuminated the layers of Sugarloaf; I was hoping to see chunks of ice calve off since it was well above freezing but without luck

Rainbow at the base of the falls illuminated the layers of Sugarloaf; I was hoping to see chunks of ice calve off since it was well above freezing but without luck

In the summer, a train travels from here north along the banks of the St. Lawrence River

In the summer, a train travels from here north along the banks of the St. Lawrence River

The Via Ferrata is probably beyond my capabilities; it is only open in the summer anyway

The Via Ferrata is probably beyond my capabilities; it is only open in the summer anyway

The hiking trails are popular with snowshoers in the winter; there are plenty of great places to enjoy a picnic in any season

The hiking trails are popular with snowshoers in the winter; there are plenty of great places to enjoy a picnic in any season

The falls are within 200 yards of the St. Lawrence River; in the summer the falls hosts an international fireworks competition

The falls are within 200 yards of the St. Lawrence River; in the summer the falls hosts an international fireworks competition

Vestiges of a hydroelectric dam from the 19th century at the top of the falls powered a tram and lit up Old Quebec

Vestiges of a hydroelectric dam from the 19th century at the top of the falls powered a tram and lit up Old Quebec

The Ile de Orleans Bridge is almost 3 miles long; bult in 1935, it connects Orleans Island to the rest of Quebec; Orleans Island is the Ellis Island of Canada

The Ile de Orleans Bridge is almost 3 miles long; bult in 1935, it connects Orleans Island to the rest of Quebec; Orleans Island is the Ellis Island of Canada

There are 48 dams along the 63 mile long Montmorency River; most are for flood control but several are for drinking water

There are 48 dams along the 63 mile long Montmorency River; most are for flood control but several are for drinking water

View of the Sugarloaf from the Baronness Lookout; the first owner of the manoir had the observation deck built in the 18th century

View of the Sugarloaf from the Baronness Lookout; the first owner of the manoir had the observation deck built in the 18th century

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