Everyone's Talking About Why Montreal's "Giant Ferris Wheel" Isn't Open Yet, Here's What's Actually Happening

Last week, The Old Port Observation Wheel was supposed to open, unfortunately the opening has been delayed, and naturally people started freaking out. 

On Friday, I had the honor of being one of the first people to take a ride inside the wheel, and let me assure you that it is fully functional and absolutely amazing!

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First of all, let's calm everyone down who's worried about how much this project cost. The wheel is 100% privately funded with absolutely no subsidies from the city, so this won't cost us a penny.  

Second, as I said the wheel is fully functional. Now they just need a bit more time to build a bistro, a cafe, a bar, a ticket booth and one of the biggest terrasses in the city.

They are working quickly in order to open the wheel to the public as soon as possible, and we confirmed with the people in charge of the project that the wheel will be open by the end of August. 

So why was the work delayed?

The answer is simple, it's all the weather's fault. The project would have been done on time if it wasn't raining so much, unfortunately the builders have no control over the weather.

In case you're curious here's what's like to ride the VIP Cabin

Here's some other cool things we learned after riding the wheel:

  • They are currently in the process of getting an alcohol permit so you'll be able to buy drinks at the base of the wheel and bring them aboard with you!

  • It's the biggest Ferris wheel in Canada

  • It it's 60 meters high and it offers a 28 km, 360 view of the city. 

  • It has 42 air conditioned cabins including a VIP cabin with a glass bottom floor!

  • One ride last about 20 minutes and costs $25.

For more information check out La Grande Roue de Montréal's website and follow them on Facebook and Instagram.