You need to see these stunning waterfalls near Montreal

Apr 13 2018, 8:41 pm

Pack the car and head out into nature this weekend for a fun road trip.

Just a short drive from Montreal there are plenty of beautiful waterfalls that you need to see. Most of these are an easy hike and have picnic spots nearby, so it makes for the perfect afternoon adventure. With the closest waterfall being only an hour outside of the city, it makes for a quick road trip.

Here are ten waterfalls near Montreal that you need to visit!

Dorwin Falls

Only one hour away from Montreal Dorwin Falls is perfect for an afternoon road trip. Located in Rawdon, the falls are easily accessible on the marked trail in Dorwin Falls Park. For the best views of the 18-meter tall waterfall, you will need to go to one of the several lookout points.

Location: Rawdon, Quebec

Distance from Montreal: 1 hour

Sainte-Ursule Falls

Away from the city, you can follow a path towards a series of cascades from the Maskinonge River. The largest fall is a giant 70-meter waterfall is best viewed from L’ile de la Chute on the path and at the lookout point. After seeing the waterfall stop for lunch at the picnic area or enjoy a meal at the restaurant which is open in the summer.

Location: Sainte-Ursule, Quebec

Distance from Montreal: 1 hour and 20 minutes

High Falls

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High Falls is just a short drive outside of Montreal in Chateaugay, New York. Within High Falls Park Campground there is a magnificent 35.5-meter tall waterfall which you can visit for a small entrance fee. If you follow the wooden trail, you will be taken directly to the waterfall where you can get a fantastic view. Make a weekend getaway out of visiting the falls by booking a campsite and spending the night in the forest area surrounding the falls.

Location: Chateaugay, New York

Distance from Montreal: 1 hour and 30 minutes

Plaisance Falls

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Enjoy a relaxing short walk on the 1 km trail to the 63-meter tall waterfall found in Plaisance Falls Park. There are several observation areas near the falls and a space to have a picnic. Included with your admission to the waterfall is access to the Plaisance Heritage Centre which contains artifacts from when the town was settled in 1900.

Location: Plaisance, Quebec

Distance from Montreal: 1 hour and 50 minutes

Waber Falls

Located in Mauricie National Park, the waterfall will take 2 to 3 hours to reach. To get there, you will need to canoe and hike between the islands to get to the most beautiful location in the park. Make sure to head out early and to pack a lunch when visiting the falls.

Location: Shawinigan, Quebec

Distance from Montreal: 2 hours and 20 minutes


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The falls are only a few minutes outside of Quebec City and are very easy to visit. While it is only half the height of the nearby Montmorency Falls, it is impressively wide and one of the top attractions in the area. Around the falls you can go for a hike on the trail that will have you cross a 113-meter long suspension bridge over a river.

Location: Levis, Quebec

Distance from Montreal: 2 hours and 20 minutes

Warren Falls

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Only a short drive away to Vermont, Warren Falls is a series of cascades. The popular swimming spot has emerald toned water that allows you to swim next to the falls. In the summer the falls attract large crowds, and there is limited parking space, so it is best to arrive early. The falls are located a short 5-minute walk from where you can park.

Location: Warren, Vermont

Distance from Montreal: 2 hours and 30 minutes

Montmorency Falls

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Montmorency Falls is one of the most amazing waterfalls in North America! The falls are 30 meters higher than Niagara Falls and are easy to visit. There are several viewing platforms and a bridge that provides a great view of the falls.

Location: Quebec City, Quebec

Distance from Montreal: 2 hours and 45 minutes

Sainte-Anne Falls

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Within the Saint-Anne Canyon is the 74 meters tall Sainte-Anne Falls. For the best view of the falls and canyon, you will need to cross the suspension bridge. Another fun way to view the falls is from the Air Canyon where you soar 90 meters above the cannon and waterfall on the thrilling ride that reaches speeds of speeds of up to 50 kph.

Location: Saint-Ferréol-les-Neiges, Quebec

Distance from Montreal: 3 hours and 10 minutes

Jean-Larose Falls

To access you the stunning waterfall it will involve climbing a series of steep stairs, but the view is worth it. Those that are feeling brave can sign up to rappel down the falls with a professional guide.

Location: Mont-Sainte-Anne, Quebec

Distance from Montreal: 3 hours and 30 minutes

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