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On a recent trip to Montreal, Canada I came across what looked like a nearly-assembled ferris wheel at the Old Port Harbor.  The large wheel had a few seats at the top but none around the sides or bottom.  I snapped a few photos and went on my merry way.

Then on researching Montreal Ferris Wheel for this blog I learned that when completed the wheel won’t be a standard ferris wheel, but an Observation Wheel.  At 60 meters tall, this wheel offers panoramic views of the St. Lawrence River, the harbor, Old Montreal, and the Laurentian Mountains.

Named La Grande Roue de Montreal, this new attraction will have enclosed compartments instead of the standard open-air ferris wheel seats.  The compartments will be air-conditioned in summer and heated in winter.  Each glass-enclosed gondola can seat up to eight people and take passengers on a magical 15-minute, three-turn rotation.

For added enjoyment, one can purchase a glass of wine or other beverage from the bistro at the base of the wheel and take it onto the gondola.

Scheduled to be finished in late summer of 2017, this structure is among the tallest of its kind in North America.  Looking forward to my next trip to Montreal!!

Old Port Observation Wheel, Old Montreal Canada copy

Montreal’s Observation Wheel

Side view Montreal's Observation Wheel copy

Tourists pedal boating in Montreal harbour near Old Port Observation Wheel copy

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