When you think of waterfalls in Canada, most people think of Niagara Falls, and for good reason. But most people are surprised to learn that we have some of the most beautiful waterfalls right here in our little corner of North America. In fact, they're so beautiful you'll want to just jump right in and swim.
And we don't blame you — we're no strangers to heatwaves here in Montreal.
Unfortunately, not all of us in the city have pools and some people are looking for something a little more natural than the public pools.
Luckily we know that we live in a province that has swimming holes galore. There are also a few lesser-known spots tucked into the forests across the border.
The best part is that you can journey to a nearby gem for an easy one-day getaway, or you can amp up your adventure and make your way across Quebec for the ultimate waterfall road trip.
Whichever you choose, we know that once you visit one waterfall, you'll want to keep looking for more and more.
Not sure where to get started? Here are five waterfalls that you can not only gaze at, but you can actually wade right in.
Where: Saint-Roch-de-Mékinac, QC
Distance from Montreal: Two hours and 40 minutes
Chutes Waber is a popular waterfall not because it's close to the city, but because it's absolutely spectacular.
Located in the Mauricie National Park, it's a bit of a trek to get there, but once you do, it's so worth it.
Parks Canada confirmed to MTL Blog that visitors are allowed to swim at the falls.
We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.