Just a short drive outside Quebec City, visitors to la Belle Province will find Montmorency Falls - one of the province's most impressive natural sites. The breathtaking waterfall located at the mouth of the Montmorency River where it empties into the St. Lawrence River is 83 metres (272 feet) high. That's 30 metres (98 feet) higher than Niagara Falls although considerably narrower. This is the highest waterfall in the province of Québec and the eighth-highest in Canada.
Montmorency Falls, named in 1613 by Samuel de Champlain in honor of his patron the Duke of Montmorency, is now one of the top attractions in the province of Quebec. The Montmorency Falls area has an interesting history as this was also the site of the Battle of Montmorency which took place between the French and the English in 1759. As well, in 1885 the first hydroelectric power plant was established here and Québec City became one of the first municipalities to use hydroelectric power.