Opening in June, Montreal’s new observation wheel, La Grande Roue de Montreal, will give visitors a bird’s eye view of the city, generate tourism and boost business.
Currently under consctruction on Île Bonsecours in the city’s Old Port, the wheel has been designed and will be operated by a private company, La Grande Roue de Montreal. At 60 metres, it will be the highest wheel in Canada and the third highest in North America.
La Grande Roue de Montreal
Next to Montreal’s St. Lawrence River, the Old Port of Montreal is Quebec’s most visited attraction. The wheel will occupy a prime location as the Old Port attracts over six million visitors a year.
Regardless of the weather, the wheel will operate year-round from 10am to 11pm. Visitors will be able to see for up to 28km. Each of the 42 temperature-controlled gondolas will seat up to 8 people. The ride will comprise three revolutions over 15 minutes.
Because of the expected boost to both tourism and business La Grande Roue de Montreal has received enthusiast support from the city. Tourism Montreal, the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal, the Palais des Congrès de Montréal, and the Société de Développement Commercial (SDC) du Vieux-Montréalhave are all behind the project.
A Breathatking Panorama
Basil Cavis is Vice Presidentof the Old Port of Montreal. He said, “The Old Port is a unique, must-see destination for visitors. With this new observation wheel, created through a major private sector investment on this federal site, we are once again at the forefront creating unique activities that complement Montreal’s tourism offer.”
Jeff Jorgensen is President, La Grande Roue de Montreal. He says, “Montreal boasts a breathtaking panorama. It has one of the most beautiful observation wheel sites in the world, with the city rising between Mt. Royal and the St. Lawrence River.”
Jean Bérubé is Director, La Grande Roue de Montréal. He says, “Whether it’s sipping hot chocolate on a cold winter night 60 metres above ground or enjoying a glass of wine on a beautiful summer day, Montrealers who love their city and tourists eager to discover it will have a memorable experience on Montreal’s Observation Wheel.”