The Montmorency Falls are one of the most visited sites in Quebec. The towering waterfall, among the tallest in Canada, sits within the Parc de la Chute-Montmorency, right outside of Quebec City.
Entry to the park, part of Quebec's public park network, has always been free for residents. This free access has ensured that everyone can voyage to the Quebec patrimonial site, which was the subject of much colonial art and awe.
Now, that is set to change. According to Radio-Canada, the Société des établissements de plein air du Québec (Sépaq) is preparing to institute new tariffs that visitors must pay in order to gain entry.
Beginning June 12th, the Radio-Canada report continues, most Quebec residents will have to pay $6.25 each to access the park. Access will still be free for residents of the municipalities around the falls.
Out-of-province visitors, meanwhile, whill have to pay $12.
The new ticket prices actually represents a policy reversal. TVA Nouvelles points out that, previously, the park collected fees from drivers who parked on-site. After June 12th, parking will be free instead.
The Sépaq website does not yet reflect the new rates.
At 84 meters high, Montmorency Falls are the 8th tallest in Canada, according to the Canadian Encyclopedia. They are also the second most-visited site in the Québec region, explains the Journal de Montréal.
They are the tallest falls in Eastern Canada — almost 30 meters taller than Niagar Falls in Ontario.
Rates go in effect on June 12th.