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La Grande Roue's opening delayed until end of August

by July 27, 2017 General

Artist’s conception of La Grande roue de Montréal, a giant observation wheel to be installed in Montreal’s Old Port. (Société du Vieux-Port de Montréal)(Société du Vieux-Port de Montréal /

The largest “observation wheel” in Canada, which was expected to open in the Old Port in June, will probably not open until the end of August, CBC reports. 

The grounds surrounding the site on Île-Bonsecours, and a nearby café, bar, and offices are not completed. 

The spring and summer’s almost relentless rain, a construction strike, and Quebec’s annual construction holiday have contributed to the delay. 

Similar to Ferris wheels, observation wheels are considerably higher, offer 360-degree views and carry more people in their enclosed cabins. Observation wheels exist in various cities around the world, including The London Eye (135 metres), the Singapore Flyer (165 metres) and The High Roller (167.6 meters). 

Montreal’s $25-million, privately-funded wheel will stand at 60 metres high. It is being built by Dutch Wheels BV, which built a similar attraction in Chicago. 

Montreal’s  wheel will be open for business 360 days a year — its enclosed cabins will be air conditioned in summer and heated in winter — from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.