Anonymous Falls of Montmorency, Quebec, Canada
Medium Albumen print from wet plate negative
Mount on original mount
Photo Date 1880s Print Date 1880s
Dimensions 13 x 9-7/8 in. (330 x 251 mm)
Photo Country Canada
Photographer Country Canada
Contact Alex Novak and Marthe Smith
About This Image
The Montmorency Falls (French: Chute Montmorency) are a large waterfall on the Montmorency River in Quebec, Canada. The falls are located on the boundary between the borough of Beauport, Quebec City, and Boischatel, about 12 km from the heart of old Quebec City.
The falls, at 275 ft. high, and 150 ft. wide are the highest in the province of Quebec and 98 ft. higher than Niagara Falls. The basin at the foot of the falls is 56 ft. deep. The falls are at the mouth of the Montmorency River where it drops over the cliff shore into the Saint Lawrence River, opposite the western end of the Île d'Orleans. The falls were given this name in 1613 by Samuel de Champlain. He named them in honor of Henri II, duc de Montmorency, who served as viceroy of New France from 1620 until 1625.
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