• Jared Rover

One of the best massive Canadian waterfalls. Road Trip Canyon Sainte-Anne, Quebec, Canada

Updated: Mar 14, 2019

If you ever head to Quebec, you probably heard about eating poutine and exploring Old Quebec City—obvious must-do’s when you visit the province—but if you’re like us and you crave a little more, what better way to find it than to venture 30 minutes East of Quebec City to Canyon Sainte-Anne?

You’ll find the canyon on the North side of St. Lawrence River (on route to Rimouski, Tadoussac, Saguenay, or Charlevoix), surrounded by plush trees and overlooked by 3 suspension bridges (the tallest one towering 60 meters above the river) to help you cross the impressive 243-foot–tall Canyon / Waterfall.

You can enter what’s considered one of the most beautiful canyons in the world, and we’d recommend allowing for at least an hour and a half to hike the trails from top to bottom - the funds, $13.50 for an adult in 2017, are used to support the trails, bridges and staff. There are six observation points along the trails, so you can get photos of the falls.

The trails will most likely be busy since the canyon is part of the Sainte-Anne-du-Nord River and is a few minutes from the Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre, a popular tourist site, but it’s totally worth it to see the stunning views and the 1.2-billion-year-old rocks.

If suspension bridges don’t give you enough of an adrenaline rush, you can also try zip lining across parts of the canyon, rock climbing – even in winter if you're up for the challenge! – and rappelling the canyon walls up to 50 meters. These activities can take anywhere from 1.5 to 4.5 hours, and you can get super close to the water.

While we’d recommend the previously mentioned (and much more challenging) alternatives, you can also take a $15 CAD Air Canyon ride 90 meters over the canyon’s gorge. If you don’t mind waiting in the long line, the ride reaches up to 50 km/hr and gives you a panoramic view of the waterfall and canyon.

At the base of the canyon you’ll find a souvenir shop, a restaurant, and a picnic area, so you can pick up where you left off on that delicious poutine.

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