Sainte-Anne Canyon Waterfall
We decided to brave the rain and headed to Sainte-Anne Canyon Waterfall this past weekend. We knew that it had rained a lot (and there were serious flood warnings) but we weren’t prepared for the amount of water in the falls. The signs said that on average 100,000 litres of water go over the falls EVERY SECOND in the spring. Add that onto the highest recorded water levels in 25 years and you have a BIG waterfall. There was so much mist from the water that it was almost impossible to capture the waterfall from the base. I had naively hoped for a calm (but big) waterfall where I could get lots of creamy waterfall shots, but instead we had the largest waterfall in the past 25 years! It was jaw dropping to watch that much water rushing down the falls but it didn’t make for the best photos – we also got pretty wet by the end of the hike!
The Sainte-Anne Canyon has a beautiful hike that takes you along every side of the waterfall with three suspended bridge crossings. It is not a very accessible hike, so you will need some hiking abilities to do this waterfall.
The signs beside each lookout are actually very interesting and informative. Make sure you give them a quick read!
We had also planned on visiting another nearby waterfall the following day, but decided against it due to the high water levels and the fact that it was SNOWING in May!!! Oh well! Just another reason to come back to the beautiful city! However, you can see it from the side of the highway and it was magnificent!
Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré
On your way back from the waterfall you can stop by the Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre. It is right off the highway and doesn’t require any extra driving. It was a beautiful and HUGE church! You can pick up a guided walking tour brochure at the front that shows you the many different chapels in the church and some interesting information along the way!
Both of these activities ended up taking us a full morning (including commuting). You could probably do it faster, but we stopped a lot to read the historical signs and take photos. It was a really nice adventure to get out of the city and feel like we were camping again. I would highly recommend driving out to some of the nearby waterfalls and small towns if you are in Quebec City! You can also check out our Top 12 Things to do in Quebec City if you are interested in more exploration!
Thanks for reading!