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La Grande Roue de Montréal

We were so excited to experience La Grande Roue de Montréal during our recent visit to Old Montréal. Located right on Old Port where all the action is at, this was the perfect place to be.  La Grande Roue is a climate-controlled as well as the tallest observation wheel in Canada. Allowing visitors to see the city and its beautiful surrounding in a 360 panoramic view from 60 meters in the air, which is equivalent to a 20 story building.   On a clear day, visitors can see 28 km away.

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La Grande Roue de Montréal is equipped with 42 climate-controlled gondolas with ultra-clear tempered glass panes.  This allows visitors to observe the beautiful landscape in detail while protecting them from the UV rays.  Open year-round, visitors are assured to have a comfortable experience with air-conditioning in the summer and temperate in the winter.  It made its debut to Old Montréal in 2017.

We had been exploring Old Port all morning and finally made our way to  La Grande Roue de Montréal.  Checking in was a breeze.  The lines were pretty long but moved pretty swiftly as well.  Once we checked in, we were directed to the security check-in for bag check and then a photo op. 

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We then boarded our gondola and await for the ride to start.

The ride was really smooth and we were just amazed as to how gorgeous Montreal is from up above and at every angle.  

We are just enjoying the view from here.

The boys spotted the zipline and aerial park and have already planned their next activity.

Gorgeous view all around. This is Old Port where are the merchants are. We made sure we stopped there for some souvenirs.

View of the Saint Lawrence River!

After the ride, we stopped at the bistro on-site for a quick bite to eat.

Vang was surprised at how delicious the hot dog was. The bun was toasted and hot dog was cooked just right. He rarely eats hot dog and mentioned that this was the best hot dog he has had.

We were surprised at the length of the ride. We have been on other observation wheels and this one was pretty long. It was approximately 20 minutes allowing us to relax and take in the views. What an amazing time we had taking in the breathtaking views of Old Montreal and Old Port on one side and the Saint Lawrence River on the other side.

Thank you Tourisme Montreal for showing us a great time!

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  • Reply Jessie September 16, 2019 at 8:22 am

    That looks so fun! And I love hot dogs hahaha thanks for sharing!


  • Reply Ana September 16, 2019 at 9:20 am

    What a beautiful view! I love getting out with my family and trying new things. We often have a great time and take some fun pictures. Its perfect when we find great food, too! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Reply Cheryl Oreglia September 16, 2019 at 11:06 am

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful adventure with your family. This was such a sweet read and experience to enjoy. Thanks for the lovely visit into your life.

    • Reply Lina September 17, 2019 at 6:56 pm

      Thank you for stopping by and sharing such sweet words.

  • Reply Larissa September 16, 2019 at 11:11 am

    The views look absolutely stunning!!

    Larissa x
    The Blonde Jetsetter x

  • Reply Heidi Slowinski September 16, 2019 at 5:27 pm

    I had the pleasure of visiting last year. It was wonderful and your photography is beautiful!

  • Reply Jo September 16, 2019 at 9:21 pm

    Reminds me of the London Eye in the UK! I’ve been to Montreal but it was in the colder months so there wasn’t much to do. I’d like to go again when the weather is better 🙂

    Jo |

  • Reply Hannah September 17, 2019 at 3:02 am

    Wow, it looks so beautiful there! I’d love to ride on the observation wheel. Glad you guys had fun!

    Hannah the Mad Dog

    • Reply Lina September 17, 2019 at 6:51 pm

      Thank you! We sure did 🙂

  • Reply Robin Frields September 23, 2019 at 9:46 am

    Looks like so much fun! Will def check it out when we get to Canada!

  • Reply Tricia Snow September 23, 2019 at 11:38 am

    I love this! I am ready to head north. Canada has been a long time goal. Thank you for the info!

    • Reply Lina September 24, 2019 at 5:28 am

      Your welcome Tricia! It is so beautiful. We had an amazing time! Our boys are already talking about another trip to Canada! 🙂

  • Reply Heather September 23, 2019 at 11:39 am

    Oh, those views! I would suck up my fear of heights to take see this. I love how the gondolas are climate controlled.

    • Reply Lina September 24, 2019 at 5:27 am

      You would enjoy it Heather!

  • Reply Jelane September 23, 2019 at 11:49 am

    Wow! The views are amazing! I’m adding this to my list of must-see places! Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Malia September 23, 2019 at 12:04 pm

    My son has been wanting to visit Montreal, so I’ll put this on our list! 20 minutes is a long time on such an attraction. I love that you really have time to soak in all of the views! Being fully enclosed would help me with my fear of heights 🙂

    • Reply Lina September 24, 2019 at 5:26 am

      I was quite surprised with the length too but so appreciated it. It made it so much more enjoyable.

  • Reply Holly Bird September 23, 2019 at 1:45 pm

    Beautiful pictures! It looks like the whole family had a great time! Thank you for sharing your experience…It is amazing!

    • Reply Lina September 24, 2019 at 5:25 am

      Thank you! It was a pretty amazing experience.

  • Reply Ramae Hamrin September 23, 2019 at 1:52 pm

    Now that looks fun and like an amazing way to see a city! I’m not sure I could relax being that high off the ground, but I’d be willing to try. Thanks for taking us along on the ride!

    • Reply Lina September 24, 2019 at 5:24 am

      It is such a cool experience!

  • Reply Lisa September 23, 2019 at 2:08 pm

    Woah, my son would love this!

    • Reply Lina September 24, 2019 at 5:24 am

      I am sure he would! Our boys sure loved it.

  • Reply Angela September 23, 2019 at 2:23 pm

    Climate controlled – I am sure that is must there Great views!

  • Reply jen September 23, 2019 at 5:52 pm

    another fun trip in the books it looks like!

    • Reply Lina September 24, 2019 at 5:23 am

      It was!

  • Reply Karen September 23, 2019 at 6:20 pm

    Beautiful. I would love to ride the observation wheel.

  • Reply Candy K September 23, 2019 at 7:36 pm

    We’ve never been to Montreal but it looks amazing! We’ll have to add it to our list.

  • Reply Jen September 23, 2019 at 7:56 pm

    Wow that view! Awesome pictures!

    • Reply Lina September 24, 2019 at 5:21 am

      Thank you!

  • Reply Melissa Jones September 23, 2019 at 9:08 pm

    That looks like so much fun! I love those types of rides where you get to see the entire city (or most of it)!!

    • Reply Lina September 24, 2019 at 5:22 am

      We loved it too!

  • Reply Eva September 23, 2019 at 10:07 pm

    I’m afraid of heights but I’d have to get in that wheel just so I could enjoy that gorgeous view!

    • Reply Lina September 24, 2019 at 5:22 am

      It is so beautiful from up there 🙂

  • Reply Cameron September 23, 2019 at 11:13 pm

    Montreal is on my list – thanks for this, I’ll add this to my list, too!

    • Reply Lina September 24, 2019 at 5:22 am


  • Reply Jenny September 24, 2019 at 1:11 pm

    This looks like a must see attraction in Montreal. Thanks for sharing and your pics added a lot to the post!

  • Reply Lisa Manderino September 24, 2019 at 2:34 pm

    It is kind of like the London eye. I bet the kids loved it!

    • Reply Lina September 26, 2019 at 7:31 am

      They did!

  • Reply Kendra September 24, 2019 at 3:16 pm

    Wow! That looks like a perfect way to view the city! I love that it was a good 20 minute ride. I would love that!

  • Reply jody September 24, 2019 at 6:53 pm

    I love all the views and the food looks awesome to eat. Would love to go there someday

  • Reply Stacey Billingsley September 24, 2019 at 7:43 pm

    I haven’t been to Canada since I was too little to remember. I can’t wait to go again. Montreal looks so beautiful! What better way to see it than on the big wheel!

    • Reply Lina September 26, 2019 at 7:31 am

      Montreal is beautiful!

  • Reply Lisa September 24, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    Montreal looks outstanding! Your pictures are wonderful, thank you for sharing.

  • Reply Jenna September 24, 2019 at 10:00 pm

    This sounds like a fun experience, but I am afraid of heights! I imagine being inside the closed gondola helps a little with being so high.

    • Reply Lina September 26, 2019 at 7:30 am

      It helps a lot! It was a fun experience 🙂

  • Reply Karla Petersen September 24, 2019 at 11:02 pm

    Wonderful photos! And your boys are SO cute!

    • Reply Lina September 26, 2019 at 7:29 am

      Thank you!

  • Reply Cindy September 25, 2019 at 2:35 pm

    How fun! I’ve seen these in other big cities, like London and Edinburgh, but I’ve never ridden on one. I thought the lines where so long but maybe they move faster that I think. Great views from that height!

  • Reply Alexandra September 27, 2019 at 2:35 am

    thank you for sharing! been to Montreal few years ago – great memories! are you planning to head to Vancouver anytime soon? give me a shout!

  • Reply Magan September 27, 2019 at 8:20 am

    Woah, what a view! I’ve always wanted to visit Montreal. Thanks for sharing another place to put on my list!

  • Reply T.M. September 30, 2019 at 7:08 am

    I love how fearless the boys looked on the gondola!!! Another great adventure in the books!

  • Reply Adventure Aficionado December 27, 2019 at 8:06 pm

    Wow this looks like quite an adventure to have in Montreal! Never knew this existed and was this popular, but good to know when visiting next!

    • Reply Lina December 29, 2019 at 4:49 am

      We had an amazing time!

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