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5 Hidden Waterfalls In & Around Quebec Where You Can Actually Go Swimming

Don't just chase those waterfalls, just wade right in.

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. 

Chute Waber

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.

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Warren Falls, Vermont

Where: Warren, VT

Distance from Montreal: Two hours and 30 minutes

Our friends down south love Warren Falls at the end of Mad River and I don't know about you, but I think it's mad beautiful.

It's just off Route 100 and a beautiful trail gives easy access from the parking lot.

Warren Public Safety Officer Gene Bifano told MTL Blog that visitors are allowed to swim at the site. He advises that you get there early and be sure to obey parking signs.

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Chute de la Rivière aux Émeraudes

Where: Percé, QC

Distance from Montreal: 10 hours and 18 minutes

This emerald river is one of those things in nature that makes you ask, "how can something so spectacular be real?!" But it is! And right here in our home-province, too.

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Lower Falls, New Hampshire

Where: Albany, NH

Distance from Montreal: Three hours and 40 minutes

In the White Mountain National Forest, the Swift River becomes a gorgeous waterfall, perfect for hanging with friends and getting your tan on.

Whether you're heading to New Hampshire or passing through, it's a great spot to cool off and take in the view.

The U.S. Forest Service controls the area and confirms on its website that swimming is allowed in the falls.

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The Cascades

Where: Saint-Roch-de-Mékinac, QC

Distance from Montreal: Two hours and 20 minutes

Also in Mauricie National Park, the Cascades are an ideal spot for a swim break after a long day of hiking.

They're also right next to the scenic Shewenegan Picnic Area.

Parks Canada told MTL Blog that swimming is allowed anywhere in the park.

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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.