Ride the sky on la Grande Roue de Montréal
See Montréal from an entirely new vantage point on La Grande Roue de Montréal, the highest observation wheel in Canada. A spectacular rival to the High Roller in Las Vegas, La Grande Roue starts spinning this August.
Designed specifically to enhance the city’s unique blend of urban style and historical architecture, the 60-metre-tall La Grande Roue de Montréal sits alongside the majestic Saint-Lawrence River and Old Port of Montréal boardwalk, just steps away from the cobblestone streets of Old Montréal.
Operating year round in all kinds of weather, night and day, La Grande Roue features 42 temperature-controlled gondolas, each comfortably seating eight people and with a view that stretches 28 kilometres in all directions (a VIP offers a glass floor for the fearless). From such great heights, you’ll see all of Old Montréal, downtown’s church steeples set among skyscrapers, the gorgeous greenery of Mont Royal, the Olympic Stadium’s tower, and dozens of Montréal’s quaint and bustling neighbourhoods.
Each La Grande Roue ride takes 15 minutes, going through three revolutions of the wheel before passengers disembark at the wheel base’s signature bistro and bar. In anticipation of taking a ride, Montréal scenery fans and construction buffs alike can watch the wheel be built in real time on Île Bonsecours in the Old Port and check out La Grand Roue on Facebook for more updates and photos.
Robyn Fadden, blogger
Robyn Fadden is a Montréal-based writer and editor who searches out city secrets, new bands, life-changing art and things to do with her perpetually active kid. Robyn has covered major events for HOUR, MUTEK, ARTINFO, CKUT 90.3FM and more.
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