Get wheel! It’s never been a better time to visit La Grande Roue de Montréal

Daniel Baylis

Daniel Baylis is a writer and adventurer. Born in British Columbia, Daniel came to Montréal with the kooky bohemian notion that he would write poetry, learn to speak French and fall in love. Having achieved various levels of success in said domains, he now focuses his energy on a new hobby: artisanal pickling.

La Grande Roue de Montréal is one of Montréal’s most iconic attractions — one of the “musts” for a first-time visitor. Located in the Old Port, the Ferriss wheel offers sweeping, 360-degree views that span 28 kilometres on a clear day. In fact, at 60 metres, it’s the tallest observation wheel in Canada.

Dutch lovin’

The 42 gondolas are equipped with ultra-clear tempered glass panes, which allow visitors to observe the surrounding landscape in detail, while also protecting from UV rays. The attraction, which was inaugurated in 2017, is part of a series made in the Netherlands by Dutch Wheel, a renowned Ferris wheel manufacturer.

Wheel and meal

The wheel is clearly the big attraction. But there’s no need to ride and run. La Grande Roue de Montréal offers a juice bar, a café, a patio bar, and a bistro. You can choose from a creative selection of healthy salads and bowls, grilled sandwiches, burgers, pizzas, and tapas. Enjoy the wheel and then hangout for a meal. It’s the perfect date night activity, a fun option for lunch with a friend, or even the ideal backdrop to begin a bachelor or bachelorette party.

Family-friendly fun

Any day of the week is a fine day to ride the wheel, but each Sunday (from 10am - 1pm) is officially family fun day. It’s a day where the options are amplified for kids and kids-at-heart. The youngsters will love the various onsite activities, which include the appearance of Roubie (the official mascot), face painting, games, and a toy train. Parents will love the animated — yet relaxed — atmosphere and the BBQ food options.

Go VIP

Lovers of luxury will want to reserve gondola number 42, the only observational wheel cabin equipped with four large seats (upholstered in Italian leather). And it’s not just the ultimate in comfort that makes visitors reserve this cabin — it’s also the thrill of it. The cabin has a glass floor, meaning the experience is even more scenic, more exhilarating.

If you’re into big packages…

One of the most affordable ways to ensure a selection of Montréal activities — including La Grande Roue de Montréal — is to purchase an Attractions Passports! Explore Old Montréal through five different themes: Wild Evening, Heritage + Discovery, Glamour Night, Montréal Splendor (a helicopter ride!), and Family Fun. In addition to the massive price discounts, the other wonderful part of the passports is that you don’t have to do all the activities in one day.

Information can be found on La Grande Roue de Montréal ticketing page.

Beautiful views, safe cabins

To ensure the safety of all passengers, La Grande Roue de Montréal has implemented a strict sanitation protocol. After the use of each cabin, it is sanitized with an anti-bacterial spray. Additionally, each “bubble” — whether a family, a small group of friends, a couple, or even an individual — rides in their own cabin.

4 things to know to plan your visit

  • You don’t have to buy your tickets in advance. But online ticketing service is offered for convenience.

  • You can ride La Grande roue de Montréal 365 days a year, whatever the weather. The gondolas are climate controlled and protect from the elements.

  • The ride lasts for approximately 20 minutes.

  • Washrooms are available onsite.

Daniel Baylis

Daniel Baylis is a writer and adventurer. Born in British Columbia, Daniel came to Montréal with the kooky bohemian notion that he would write poetry, learn to speak French and fall in love. Having achieved various levels of success in said domains, he now focuses his energy on a new hobby: artisanal pickling.

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