Chutes de Plaisance: Trail Report

Chutes de Plaisance: Trail Report

The most impressive waterfalls in the region with it's 63 metre drop, Chutes de plaisance also offers a significant historical past.

Suggested Stops

Now in full caffeine deprivation, I would have loved a second coffee but the kids were tuckered and hunger so home we went! That said, I do have a new favourite coffee stop in Rockland. It’s the Joyful Cafe located at 1600 Laurier St.

Important Insights

No swimming, BBQs or open fires; no car,motorcycle or bicycle traffic.

Land Acknowledgement

These are the lands of the Anishinabewaki ᐊᓂᔑᓈᐯᐗᑭ and Omàmìwininìwag (Algonquin) people.⁠ It is important as avid hikers and stewards of the land, to acknowledge and understand the full story our surroundings along with the people that care for her, both past and present. As sourced from, if there are corrections please send to

Land Management

Chutes de plaisance is managed by Patrimoine et Chutes de Plaisance.

GPS Coordinates

45.641057699667904, -75.13314107086032

Street Address

100 Malo St, Plaisance, Quebec, J0V 1S0.


An easy 60 km (roughly 45mins) drive from downtown Ottawa. Take the King Edward bridge to cross over to Quebec and stay on hwy 5N. Exit 50 east then exit 148 east. After passing Thurso, continue on 148E until you see the signage for Parc national de Plasaince. The entry to Chutes de Plaisance is well marked. (Orleans/Cumberland folks: take the ferry across at Cumberland/Thurso. Make sure you have 10$ cash for the ferry).


Small parking lot at trailhead.

Cell Reception



Yes, at office.



Trail Details

Entrance Fee


Hours of Operation

Check open hours and dates on the Chutes de Plaisance site.

Trail Map


Located at the parking lot.

Number of Trails


Total Distance (km)


Elevation Gain (m)


Cell Reception




Hiking, Nature Centre


Trail Description

There were lots of ‘oooouuuuu’ and ‘aaaahhh’s going on with this lookout. It actually held the kid’s attention for a solid 30 seconds which is impressive. Ha ha ha. The falls itself has a dramatic over 200 foot drop. Like all great waterfalls, you can hear it from the trails before you can actually see it. At the end of the 1 km trail, is this little beach along the river. I can’t quite say that I’d ever swim in any Ottawa area water ways but it was pretty and well used by kayakers/canoeists as a resting spot.

Other Hiking Trails