Province/Territory: Quebec

A duo of activities at Canyon Sainte-Anne including the Air Canyon ride and the Giant's Pothole Via Ferrata circuit

  • 90 metre (296 ft) deep canyon to glide above
  • 74 metre (243 ft) waterfall
  • 15 metre-wide Giant's Pothole rock formation

Take a seat in a double chair and soar 90 metres (296 ft) over a spectacular canyon with its 74-metre (243-ft) waterfall - one third higher than Niagara Falls - and above a churning river and its scenic suspension bridges. With the wind in your hair, reach speeds of up to 50 kph (31 mph). Experience the unique perspective then "fly" back to the docking station to catch your breath, completing a 396-metre (1,300-ft) “flight” that can be enjoyed by everyone from kids to seniors. A second activity invites you to slip into a harness, strap on a helmet and clip onto a steel cable to explore along a circuit on Canyon Sainte-Anne’s sheer rock walls. Feel and hear the powerful waterfall thundering down the cliff face beside you. Each step along the anchored metal rungs presents heady panoramas of pristine forest, the wild Sainte-Anne-du-Nord River that carved this gorge and the intriguing Giant’s Pothole geological formation.

Why you should visit
  • Enjoying the duo experiences of the Air Canyon and Via Ferrata Giant's Pothole in one package.
  • Soaring above the roaring river waters surging through the canyon and seeing the Giant Pothole below.
  • Experiencing Canada’s first Via Ferrata that is open in wintertime.
  • Exploring Canyon Sainte-Anne on the world’s third uninterrupted Via Ferrata - no clipping and unclipping of carabineers is necessary en route as they slide continuously over specially designed clips.
  • Bringing your four-legged friend along – leashed dogs are welcome to stroll the canyon’s groomed nature trails.
  • Thrilling to the unique views from three suspension bridges up to 60 metres above the abyss.
  • Gliding across the canyon on a zip line 60 metres above the gorge.
  • Seeing the forest turn fiery orange and red during autumn.

Weather

Summer in southern Quebec is often warm and humid. Spring and fall are cool and comfortable. Daytime temperatures in summer range between 19C and 25C. Winter can be cold and snowy though often sunny with average daytime highs from -7C to 4C.

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Visitor information
  • Rates and dates
  • The fee for the Air Canyon/Via Ferrata Giant's Pothole combination package includes the Canyon entrance fee.
  • The minimum age for the Via Ferrata is 8 years of age. For the Air Canyon, the minimum height is 107 cm (42 in)
  • Many of Canyon Sainte-Anne’s attractions are accessible by wheelchair or a free adapted shuttle.
  • Air Canyon and Via Ferrata Giant’s Pothole can be bought and done separately.
When to go
  • The Air Canyon/Via Ferrata Giant's Pothole combination package is available from early May through mid-October. While the Air Canyon is closed in winter, the Via Ferrata can be experienced year round, including winter.
Need to know
  • Activities like forest walks, strolling over the suspension bridges and visiting observation platforms are included in the Canyon admission rate.
  • Harnesses, helmets and drinking water are supplied for the Via Ferrata experience.
  • Wear closed shoes like sneakers. Bring a camera.
  • For the Via Ferrata in winter, bring warm walking boots, gloves or mittens, cold weather clothing - preferably multiple layers - a nutritious snack, water bottle and small backpack.
  • A high fitness or skill level is not required for either activity.
  • Most visitors spend two to three hours for a standard Canyon visit. Expect to spend a half day when also taking part in the Air Canyon/Via Ferrata Giant's Pothole experiences.
Getting Here
  • Canyon Sainte-Anne is located 41km (25 mi) - a 30- minute drive - northeast of Quebec City.
  • Take Highway 40 or 440 out of Quebec City and follow directions for Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré. Remain on Route 138 East. Six kilometres (4 mi) after the Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré Basilica.