La Ronde has been a huge part of most Montrealers' lives growing up.
And while some ride come and go like these 18 rides that no longer exist, some have been there since the park opened in 1967. Some of them may have been refurbished, updated and even moved around the park, but they've been there since the very beginning and they continue to entertain hundreds of thousands of visitors annually.
La Pitoune is the ultimate staple of La Ronde, no day is complete without riding the famous log shaped boats. Some of you might remember the gigantic horrifying wall of gums you stood next to while waiting in line. But it was all worth it for you to be able to cool off as the logs come crashing down into the water.
2. La Spirale
This 73 meter orange rotating tower gives you amazing 360° views of the park and of Montreal. The ride takes a minute to reach the top where you remain suspended 24 storey high, so you can relax and laugh at how puny the roller coasters seem.
The Minirail used to be a lot bigger and featured 3 different circuits and 2 types of trains. The blue train crossed over onto Notre-Dame Island but ceased operating in 1973. The yellow train ran on Saint-Helens Island and ceased operatin gin 1981. The only the smallest circuit remains.
4. Joyeux Moussaillons
This was always one of my favorite rides growing up. I don't even know why really, there was nothing overly thrilling about it, you just rode around the water and climbed up and down tiny tracks. Maybe it's because after a chaotic day of standing in line and being subjected to G force, it's nice to take moment to relax and float around awhile.
5. Le Galopan
This is the oldest ride of them all. It was built in 1885 in Belgium by a man named Leon Bolland. It featured a player organ containing over 900 meters of perforated music sheets which totaled over 75 songs. In 1964 the carousel was shipped to America for maintenance. It was later purchased for the 1964 and 1965 New-York World Fairs. The following year organizers of Expo '67 bought it and spend an extra $250,000 to restore it.
It's crazy to imagine just how many people have been on this ride since 1967. And it's somewhat comforting to know that such a simple little ride can stay relevant for so many years.
7. Marche Du Mille-Pattes/Les Mini Montagne Russes
Although it has changed a lot over the years, the mini roller coaster has been around since the very beginning. If you don't recognize it, its because these days it looks completely different after having undergone a caterpillar makeover.
While the CIUSSS hasn't released official advice on whether to get vaxxed right before boarding the Vertigo, the World Health Organization says that "most reactions to [COVID-19] vaccines are mild and go away within a few days on their own."
As of July 28, 71,846 Montrealers in the 18-29 age group hadn't received a dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, compared to 66,656 Montrealers in the 30 to 39 age group — the second-lowest vaccination rate of any adult age group.
We all like to spend our money on silly stuff sometimes. And that's why the City of Montreal is known for many things: good food, beautiful parks, and totally absurd projects that cost several millions and sometimes billions of dollars.
Montreal has a rich history of financial blunders that are arguably equal levels of hilarious and completely depressing.
Here are five totally absurd things that the city has spent money on over the years.
The Formula E Race
😢 Ouch! That hurt! #MontrealEPrix https://t.co/mP7AQ4fYXS
— ABB FIA Formula E World Championship (@ABB FIA Formula E World Championship)1513631504.0
The agreement between the City of Montreal and Formula E went about as well as that driver took that corner in the above video.
Former mayor Denis Coderre defended the $24-million dollar price tag for the race in 2017, saying that the race would show that Montreal was a leader in green energy, according to CBC News.
Formula E's lawyers sued the city for $25 milliion dollars after newly elected mayor Valérie Plante cancelled the race. The Plante administration spent $600,000 in public funding on legal fees to defend themselves.
Applebaum resigned after he was accused of corruption and was eventually tried and convicted on eight corruption and fraud-related charges, but not before taking a healthy $268,000 severance package from the public coffers.
In January 2020, Quebec courts ruled that Applebaum could keep his severance pay, which really aggravated Valérie Plante, who said that the city would see if they could get the money back.
In the years leading up to Expo 67, Montreal had a problem: there wasn't enough land to build the pavilions at the Expo. It was way too late to change the plans, so what did former mayor Jean Drapeau and his team cook up?
Build an island with the near 15 million tons of rock and dirt taken from the STM metro construction, of course!
With Expo 67 already on the books for $320 million dollars (in 1966 money no less), adding another $40 million to build the island was no big deal, apparently.
The island even has its own Heritage Minute!
These days, millions of tourists and Montrealers go to the island to get high at music festivals, enjoy the scenery, and have an all-around great time.
In the 1970s, Montreal was all about grand ideas and rapid expansion. It was the future, after all, and the city had big plans.
Government officials decided to run with it and build a new airport, which was allegedly funded by both the provincial and federal governments. So it may not have been Montreal per se, but Montrealers' tax dollars went into it.
The result of that grand idea was the Mirabel International Airport. Intended to replace the Dorval International Airport, Mirabel never really lived up to its expectations and was basically abandoned.