A few weeks ago I began a discussion about webcams on the blog. Although certainly an older technology, webcams can provide information, insight, and opportunities to look into places that we might not be able to get to offline. I provided a number of links to webcams in the Maritime Provinces of Newfoundland, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick. This week I’m moving west into Quebec for a glimpse at the province’s natural beauty, architecture, and history. Enjoy!
Parc de la Chute-Montmorency [Montmorency Falls Park]
The Montmorency Falls are a stunning 84 metres (276 feet) high, 30 metres higher than Niagara Falls and the highest waterfall in Quebec. They are about a ten minute drive from Quebec City. The area surrounding the falls is protected by the Parc de la Chute-Montmorency. The falls were named in 1613 by Samuel de Champlain, one of Canada’s most famous early European explorers, aka “the Father of New France”.
The Park provides various paths and lookout points for visitors to view the falls, as well as from the cable cars, restaurant, and even a zip-line! Remains of earthen forts built under British Major General James Wolfe in 1759 during the Seven Years War (the French Indian War) can still be found in the eastern end of the park. 440 British soldiers died there as the British came up against French forces under Louis-Joseph de Montcalm.
An interesting side-note — the falls glow slightly yellow in the summer due to higher levels of iron.
Parliament of Quebec, Quebec City
The Parliament of Quebec is located on Parliament Hill in Quebec City. The building was designated a national heritage building of Quebec in 1985. It was built just outside of the old city walls and was completed in 1886. Visitors to the building can go on free guided tours of the building in French and English (and Spanish on request). Live streaming and webcasts of live debates and committee activities can be found on their website.
Port de Quebec, Quebec City
This webcam gives a beautiful view of the St Lawrence River with Old Quebec, the Musée de la civilisation à Québec [the Museum of Civilisation of Quebec], and La Citadell de Quebec, the largest British fortress in North America, in the distance. The inland Port of Quebec is the oldest port in Canada and the second largest in Quebec after Montreal. On a personal note, it was also the port that welcomed some of my family as immigrants to Canada in the mid-1950s, so it’s pretty important to me.
Mont Tremblant, Tremblant
Tremblant is a pedestrian village and large ski resort at a height of 875 metres above sea level. This beautiful forest-covered mountainous region is roughly an hour and a half drive northwest of Montreal in Quebec. The area around the mountain has been a designated recreational area since the late 1800s and it’s website uniquely (albeit briefly) recognises the history of first nations’ peoples in the region as well as European development and activity.
This ski village has a webcam that I had never seen before — it moves and rotates, zooming in and out to show various places of interest that can be seen from its location at the summit.