The Montmorency Falls (Chute Montmorency) are just minutes outside of the old city and are wonderful. The falls come off the Montmorency River and are 275 ft high (and 150 feet wide). That is 98 ft higher than Niagara Falls. We loved going over the suspension bridge and stopped to sing “Oh Canada” (well, we sang our own version that we have gradually prepared to praise everything from the country’s flaky pastries to its majestic moose). There is also an aerial tram (Funitel) (but we did not take it since we preferred the steps).
I was able to get my military history fix of the day. On the other side of the falls are the remains of the fort and redoubt built by General Wolfe. However, the landings below Quebec City were successfully repulsed by General Montcalm at Montmorency Falls in 1759, at the cost of 440 British soldiers. As I mentioned yesterday, both Montmorency and Wolfe would later die in the brief but critical battle on the Plains of Abraham. It was a thrill to stand in the redoubt looking over the city and imagining Wolfe at that same location hundreds of years earlier.
We left Quebec for the drive to Vermont. Our GPS took us by back roads South so we got to see a lot of Canadian farm areas. We are staying in Randolph, Vermont at the picturesque Three Stallion Inn. Today I give a speech on morality laws at Vermont Law School in South Royalton, considered by many to be the best environmental law school in the nation located in one of the most beautiful places on Earth.
Here are some more of Benjamin’s pictures from Quebec: