As the weather warms up in Montreal, it's only natural that you'd find yourself dreaming of summer days. For many of us, summer means going hiking in Quebec — and the best hikes lead to hidden waterfalls.
We could all use something to look forward to right now. So grab your bucket list and add these six hikes that lead to waterfalls deep within Quebec's forests — because everyone should see the beauty of these falls at least once in their lives.
Before you get going, check our Responsible Travel Guide so you can be informed, be safe, be smart, and most of all, be respectful on your trip.
Location: Bras-du-Nord Valley, Saint-Raymond
Distance From Montreal: About 3 hours by car
Why You Need To Add It To Your Bucket List: The falls are at the end of an easy 8-kilometre trail so it's minimal effort for maximum reward.
Location: La Mauricie National Park
Distance From Montreal: 2 hours by car
Why You Need To Add It To Your Bucket List: Deeply buried in La Mauricie National Park, this waterfall requires a six- to eight-hour hike and kayak ride, so it's not for the faint of the heart. But, standing 27 metres high, these falls are well worth the effort.
Location: Parc national des Hautes-Gorges-de-la-Rivière-Malbaie
Distance From Montreal: A little under 5 hours
Why You Need To Add It To Your Bucket List: This charming hike leads you to the foot of a spectacular 45-metre waterfall. And when you're done, there are plenty of other breathtaking trails to check out around the park.
Chute de Plaisance
Location: Plaisance, Quebec
Distance From Montreal: Just under 2 hours by car
Why You Need To Add It To Your Bucket List: "A scenic lookout, observation points and a hiking trail let you get right up close to the site's spectacular natural beauty," says the website. These falls boast a 63-metre vertical drop!
Location: Anticosti National Park
Distance From Montreal: 20 hours by car
Why You Need To Add It To Your Bucket List: You'd likely have to do a multi-day road trip or fly to get to this island in the gulf of the Saint-Lawrence, but you'll be rewarded with one of the most stunning waterfalls in Quebec. It's 76 metres high!