Chute Sainte-Anne

Beaupre, Quebec, Canada

About Chute Sainte-Anne


Hiking Distance: 3.4km loop
Suggested Time: 1.5-2 hours

Date first visited: 2013-10-05
Date last visited: 2013-10-05

Waterfall Latitude: 47.07284
Waterfall Longitude: -70.87756

Chute Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre (or Saint Anne Waterfall of Beaupre) was an enjoyable waterfall experience for the whole family for many reasons.

Not only were Julie and I pretty mesmerized by the 74m drop of the Sainte-Anne-du-Nord River over several twisting and thundering tiers nestled within the deep Canyon Sainte-Anne. but our daughter also seemed to enjoy the experience.

Canyon_Ste-Anne_079_10052013 - The Chute Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre Waterfall
The Chute Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre Waterfall

Granted, her enjoyment was probably for reasons that weren’t necessarily waterfall-related, which we’ll get to later.

Indeed, it was one of those places where it seemed like there was something for everyone.

The Canyon Sainte-Anne Experience

In order to experience the Chute Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre Waterfall, we had to explore the Canyon Sainte-Anne, which was actually a commercialized adventure park.

As of our October 2013 visit, Julie and I paid about $12 CAD per person to enter the facility (which didn’t open until 9am), but our two-year-old daughter came in for free.

Canyon_Ste-Anne_076_10052013 - One of two suspension bridges spanning the depths of the Canyon Sainte-Anne while also providing direct views of the Chute Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre Waterfall itself
One of two suspension bridges spanning the depths of the Canyon Sainte-Anne while also providing direct views of the Chute Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre Waterfall itself

We figured that given the amount of infrastructure that was here, the price was probably justified.

The commercialism in the complex seemed to toe that fine line between natural attraction to be respected and left alone while providing a playground of monetization.

However, we felt the star attraction here remained the Canyon Sainte-Anne and its waterfall, which we got to enjoy via a comprehensive walking route.

All three of us spent a little over 2 hours at a very leisurely pace to pretty much do the entire walk.

Canyon_Ste-Anne_042_10052013 - We were glad these fences were at the dropoffs so our daughter was less likely to fall into the Canyon Sainte-Anne while still enjoying the experience
We were glad these fences were at the dropoffs so our daughter was less likely to fall into the Canyon Sainte-Anne while still enjoying the experience

The walked involved crossing suspension bridges, standing on protruding lookouts, and skirting gorge rims on both sides of Canyon Sainte-Anne.

Thus, we were able to experience the Chute Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre waterfall from almost every angle imaginable.

The developed walkways were actually quite family-friendly as fences were erected where dropoff exposure was the most prevalent.

We still had to keep an eye on our daughter since anyone (even two-year-olds) can climb the fences if persistent.

Canyon_Ste-Anne_126_10052013 - Thrill seekers taking a more adventurous wire path along the nearly vertical walls of the Canyon Sainte-Anne
Thrill seekers taking a more adventurous wire path along the nearly vertical walls of the Canyon Sainte-Anne

However, I appreciated the fact that I didn’t need to carry her around in the child carrier the entire time, and that made the all around experience even more enjoyable.

As for other ways to explore and enjoy Canyon Sainte-Anne, we saw people partaking in rock climbs, ziplines, and wire walks.

We didn’t partake in these additional paid activities, but they seemed to be for those restless souls who needed to spice up their visit to Canyon Sainte-Anne.

Finally, regarding the things that our daughter enjoyed, there was a playground near the entrance, large statues of animals on the way to the canyon, and just the simple fallen leaves around the picnic area before the visitor center.

Photographing and Timing the Chute Sainte-Anne Waterfall

Canyon_Ste-Anne_020_10052013 - This picture of the scenery upstream of the Chute Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre Waterfall was taken while the morning clouds were still out, which resulted in the even lighting with minimal shadows
This picture of the scenery upstream of the Chute Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre Waterfall was taken while the morning clouds were still out, which resulted in the even lighting with minimal shadows

Our visit took place right at opening time in October of 2013, which yielded plenty of Autumn colors adding a lively contrast to our photos.

The morning sun also just started to break free from the morning clouds for good, which resulted in some harsh sidelighting as well as some frontal lighting as we faced the waterfall.

Since Canyon Sainte-Anne was deep, there always seemed to be shadows in the canyon’s depths throughout the day.

Thus, as far as getting the best lighting for taking pictures, I’d say the early afternoon might be the best time for backlighting and minimal shadows.

Canyon_Ste-Anne_071_10052013 - The presence of the morning sun meant that we had to contend with shadows cast on the satisfying flow of the Chute Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre Waterfall
The presence of the morning sun meant that we had to contend with shadows cast on the satisfying flow of the Chute Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre Waterfall

As for the waterflow, as you can see in the photos on this page, the waterfall didn’t disappoint.

This suggested to me that the Chute Sainte-Anne Waterfall is likely to flow year-round since our visit was pretty much very late in the season’s flow before the next season’s round of precipitation by snow and/or rain.

Detailed Description of the Chute Sainte-Anne Waterfall Walking Route

Our walking route took on the shape of a lower-case “g” where we took a counter-clockwise approach to the looping part of the route with an out-and-back detour at the bottom of the Canyon Sainte-Anne.

After getting to the top of the canyon where the “g”-route commenced, we first crossed a sturdy bridge upstream of the falls before walking downhill towards the suspension bridge fronting Chute Sainte-Anne.

Canyon_Ste-Anne_039_10052013 - Looking towards the slanting cascade profile of the Chute Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre from one of many lookouts on the opposite side of Canyon Sainte-Anne
Looking towards the slanting cascade profile of the Chute Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre from one of many lookouts on the opposite side of Canyon Sainte-Anne

All throughout this part of the walk, we enjoyed overlooks offering profile and angled views of the falls.

This sturdy bridge provided us a view upstream towards the calm Sainte-Anne watercourse, which complemented the Autumn foliage around it nicely.

Meanwhile, we managed to get comprehensive views of the entire drop of the Chute Sainte-Anne Waterfall since most of the views here faced the majority of the twisting waterfall.

On top of the bouncy and narrow suspension bridge, we were perched 60m directly above the shadowy depths of floor of Canyon Sainte-Anne.

Canyon_Ste-Anne_088_10052013 - Looking downstream towards the mouth of the Canyon Sainte-Anne with sidelighting from the morning sun bringing out some of the Autumn foliage colors
Looking downstream towards the mouth of the Canyon Sainte-Anne with sidelighting from the morning sun bringing out some of the Autumn foliage colors

While this bridge yielded full frontal views of the waterfall (the photo at the top of this page came from here) and the mouth of Canyon Sainte-Anne, it definitely tested one’s fear of heights.

On the other side of the suspension bridge, we then continued further downhill towards steps that ultimately led to a lower suspension bridge and a dead-end.

That lower bridge was practically within the depths of Canyon Sainte-Anne so the visual magnitude of the gorge walls was very apparent.

Our included park map called this spot the “mini canyon” probably because the gorge opened up shortly downstream of this lower suspension bridge.

Canyon_Ste-Anne_124_10052013 - Context of the hidden waterfall and dead-end at the lower suspension bridge within the mouth of the Canyon Sainte-Anne
Context of the hidden waterfall and dead-end at the lower suspension bridge within the mouth of the Canyon Sainte-Anne

At the dead-end, we also spotted some hidden waterfalls spilling nearby the lower suspension bridge.

The Chute Sainte-Anne could barely be seen from down here, but we figured that getting down to this point of the well-established walk was more of an exercise in admiring the canyon depths from within.

Finally, we headed back up the steps and then up the other side of the canyon to complete the rest of the “g”-shaped route.

Along the way, we passed by even more vantage points that seemed to be much closer to the rushing waters of Chute Sainte-Anne than earlier on.

Canyon_Ste-Anne_155_10052013 - Experiencing the Chute Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre Waterfall from the near-side of the Canyon Sainte-Anne was all about getting close to parts of the rush of water
Experiencing the Chute Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre Waterfall from the near-side of the Canyon Sainte-Anne was all about getting close to parts of the rush of water

Thus, the views here were more about feeling the waterfall’s power as opposed to admiring it from afar, especially since this side only offered partial views of the Chute Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre.

In fact, the overlooks on this near side of the Canyon Sainte-Anne were so close to the rushing water that the loud noise made it difficult to even have a conversation without shouting!

Authorities

The Chute Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre (Sainte Anne of Beaupre Waterfall) resides near Beaupre in the province of Quebec, Canada. It is adminstered by the Canyon Sainte-Anne. For information or inquiries as well as current conditions, visit their website.

Canyon_Ste-Anne_007_10052013 - Julie and Tahia walking amongst some impressive animal statues after having gone through the Canyon Sainte-Anne entrance
Canyon_Ste-Anne_008_10052013 - Tahia checking out a statue of some kind of coyote (or cat or lynx or something) while walking between the entrance and the head of the Sainte Anne Canyon
Canyon_Ste-Anne_015_10052013 - Julie and Tahia walking on the paved walkway towards the Canyon Sainte-Anne and the Chute Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre
Canyon_Ste-Anne_022_10052013 - Looking over the top of Chute Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre
Canyon_Ste-Anne_035_10052013 - One of the viewing platforms all around Canyon Sainte-Anne though this one was actually protruding out from the canyon rim
Canyon_Ste-Anne_040_10052013 - Angled view from across Canyon Sainte-Anne of the uppermost drops of Chute Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre
Canyon_Ste-Anne_046_10052013 - Bright long exposure look at the Chute Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre waterfall
Canyon_Ste-Anne_052_10052013 - Looking downstream towards the suspension bridge 60m above the Sainte-Anne-du-Nord River below
Canyon_Ste-Anne_054_10052013 - On the paved walkway on the far side of Canyon Sainte-Anne, which was wide and very friendly for walking or strolling
Canyon_Ste-Anne_059_10052013 - Looking directly towards the Chute Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre waterfall from before the suspension bridge while dealing with the morning shadows covering the canyon depths
Canyon_Ste-Anne_066_10052013 - Another view of Chute Sainte-Anne before getting to the suspension bridge, but this time in long exposure
Canyon_Ste-Anne_073_10052013 - Fences were at most of the drop offs to reduce the chances that our daughter might wander off into the abyss of Canyon Sainte-Anne, which was why I felt like our visit had a bit more piece of mind considering our circumstances
Canyon_Ste-Anne_080_10052013 - Looking upstream at the Chute Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre Waterfall from the bouncy upper suspension bridge spanning the Canyon Sainte-Anne
Canyon_Ste-Anne_083_10052013 - Broad look at the upper parts of the Chute Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre Waterfall backed by some Autumn foliage further above it as seen from the upper suspension bridge
Canyon_Ste-Anne_108_10052013 - View of Chute Sainte-Anne from one of the overlooks on the near side of Canyon Sainte-Anne after having crossed the upper suspension bridge
Canyon_Ste-Anne_116_10052013 - Walking downhill on the near side of the Canyon Sainte-Anne towards the stairs leading down to the lower suspension bridge
Canyon_Ste-Anne_119_10052013 - Julie and Tahia walking down the steps to the lower suspension bridge at the mouth of Canyon Sainte-Anne
Canyon_Ste-Anne_132_10052013 - Looking upstream from the lower suspension bridge at the mouth of Canyon Sainte-Anne towards some lower cascades downstream of the Chute Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre waterfall
Canyon_Ste-Anne_137_10052013 - Some adrenaline junkies crossing the canyon on wires beneath the lower suspension bridge at the mouth of Canyon Sainte-Anne
Canyon_Ste-Anne_148_10052013 - Looking upstream from the lower suspension bridge towards thrill-seekers looking to take a cliff-hugging path within the Canyon Sainte-Anne
Canyon_Ste-Anne_150_10052013 - Julie and Tahia climbing back up the steps after turning back from the dead-end at the mouth of the Canyon Sainte-Anne
Canyon_Ste-Anne_166_10052013 - Looking across the Chute Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre Waterfall where you can see one of the lookouts on the far side of the Canyon Sainte-Anne
Canyon_Ste-Anne_173_10052013 - After finishing off our 'g'-shaped walking route, we got this view looking upstream towards the calmer waters of the Sainte-Anne-du-Nord River from the sturdy footbridge above the Chute Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre Waterfall
Canyon_Ste-Anne_177_10052013 - The playground that our daughter enjoyed playing at when we were done with our Canyon Sainte-Anne visit
Canyon_Ste-Anne_179_10052013 - Julie and Tahia heading back across the colorful picnic area as we made our way back to the parking lot for the Canyon Sainte-Anne

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In order to reach the Canyon Sainte-Anne and the Chute Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre Waterfall from Quebec City, we took the Route 440 east.

The road then briefly became Route 40 before becoming Route 138 past the Pont de L’Ile d’Orleans (the Bridge of Orleans Island).

We followed Route 138 through the town of Beaupre (passing by the impressive Basilica of the Sanctuary of Sainte-Anne of Beaupre) before eventually reaching the signposted turnoff for Canyon Sainte-Anne on the left.

Canyon_Ste-Anne_003_10052013 - The pretty large car park for the Canyon Sainte-Anne
The pretty large car park for the Canyon Sainte-Anne

The turnoff was right where the Route 138 was in the midst of its climb east of Beaupre.

It took us about 45 minutes to do this drive.

Regarding that turnoff from the Route 138 into Canyon Sainte-Anne, we do have to caution that since we had to make a left turn across traffic in order to leave the Hwy 138 for the parking lot.

However, in order to do that, we had to do it from the passing lane of the highway (i.e. when people were speeding up in the fast lane to pass slower drivers on the right lane).

Canyon_Ste-Anne_006_10052013 - The picnic area between the car park and the Canyon Sainte-Anne entrance
The picnic area between the car park and the Canyon Sainte-Anne entrance

That could be potentially dangerous, especially when people making left turns are stopped to wait for oncoming traffic to pass.

Indeed, imagine how dangerous it would be if passing motorists were to suddenly slam on the brakes due to stopped cars in this lane!

I wonder if this traffic situation will change to make it less hazardous by the time you read this, but it was definitely on my mind during our October 2013 visit.

For context, Quebec City was 255km (about 3 hours drive) northeast of Montreal and 448km (4.5 hours drive) east of Ottawa.

Right to left sweep starting with suspension bridge, then sweeping up from bottom to the top of the waterfall as seen from the lookout directly across from the falls


Zoomed in bottom up sweep of the falls from the suspension bridge before zooming out to inspect the gorge all the way downstream


Top down sweep of the falls from one of the closer lookouts before zooming in to do a closer top down sweep of the falls


Top down sweep from the lower suspension bridge within the Canyon Sainte-Anne before focusing on a tributary waterfall, then panning downstream from the bridge

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