When people think of waterfalls in Canada, Niagara Falls in Ontario comes to mind. However, there is an equally impressive waterfall located in Québec’s capital city. Montmorency Falls is a large waterfall located in Québec City on the Montmorency River. This waterfall measures an impressive 84m in height (276ft tall). However, we’re not here to discuss the logistics of this waterfall; that’s for another blog. We’re here to talk about ghosts.
There is a ghost that allegedly haunts the beautiful Montmorency Falls in Québec City. Dubbed as “The Lady in White”, or “La Dame Blanche” (her real name supposedly being Mathilde Robin) her story is a classic tale of love and heartbreak. The story goes that Mathilde and her lover, Louis Tessier, a humble farm boy, were in love and engaged to be married. Unfortunately, Louis was called off to fight in the Seven Years War against the British and perished in battle in 1759 (some have speculated that he died at The Plains of Abraham, another allegedly haunted location in Québec City). Utterly heartbroken, Mathilde would scream his name in the night, holding onto hope that he would one day come home to her.
That day never came.
Overcome with grief, one year later Mathilde put on her wedding gown that she never got a chance to wear, and threw herself into the falls. Her body has never been recovered.
Over 250 years later, people claim that they see her ghost through the mists of the Montmorency Falls. Whether this story is true or not, it is a chilling reminder of what could have been, and the horrors of war.
I had the chance to visit this location with my boyfriend on August 8th, 2020. I wanted to see the place for myself, and more importantly, I wanted to see how it felt. I know that may sound strange, but hear me out. The vibe and energy of the place can tell you a lot, and this place definitely had some spooky vibes. First stop was the suspension bridge which gives you a clear view of the river below.
I may be slightly biased here since I am deathly afraid of heights, but I definitely got an uneasy feeling being on the bridge and looking at the 200-foot drop below. All I could think was Mathilde must truly have been heartbroken to take a look at that drop and decide that it was worth it.
The next stop at Montmorency Falls was the small forest on the right of the image above (okay “forest” might be a bit of a stretch – but there is a spooky cluster of trees).
I have to say, I am super glad that I wasn’t here at night, because even during the day I got an eerie feeling. While researching for this post, nobody mentioned the woods just adjacent to the waterfall and I find that strange. Naturally, Mathilde would have had to walk through this part to get to the waterfall itself, and one would assume that she stood there for a bit while contemplating her tragic end. To me, she could easily haunt the forest as well as the waterfall.
Although beautiful, the Montmorency Falls has a tragic tale attached to it. Hopefully one day Mathilde can rest easy and join her beloved Louis in the afterlife. For now, though, if you’re lucky, one may catch a glimpse of her in the trees or in the mists of the waterfall, mourning her fallen soldier.