Giant Ferris-type wheel being set up at the Old Port
The opening of the observation wheel has been delayed and will now open mid-July
La Grande Roue de Montreal
Visitors to Montreal can take in a bird’s eye view of the city with the installation of a new observation wheel in the Old Port.
Opening mid-July, the attraction will stand 60 metres high on Ile Bonsecours, making it the biggest observation wheel in the country, and one of the three tallest in North America. Visitors can climb aboard one of the 42 enclosed cabins and enjoy a 360 degree view of the downtown core, the river, Jacques-Cartier Bridge and Mount Royal. A bistro and dining area will also be built at the foot of the structure.
Rides will last about 15 minutes and go through three full rotations. To accommodate our Canadian climate, the eight-passenger cabins will be heated in the winter and air-conditioned in the warmer months. When the sun goes down, the structure will be lit up.
The project was undertaken by a private Dutch company in collaboration with local group La Grande Roue de Montreal, and will remain in the Old Port for five years. Ticket prices have not yet been confirmed, but Old Port communications officer Jimmy Laforge says general admission will be approximately $25.