A travel journal
to Montreal by DrMaximus
Quote: Many consider this Canada's solution to Walt Disney World, however I personally feel that La Ronde - Quebec's largest amusement park - surpasses even the multi billion disney parks at Florida and California.
In just a small area, it boasts of 4 giant roller coasters that make those at Disney World look like wimps. Afterall, these are catered for "the big guys" and not for kids who whimper after Mickey and Donald.
The world's tallest wooden roller coaster is also found here, and it showcases a super long ride with 2 coasters moving simultaneously on thankfully separate tracks!
(2)No visit to the park is complete without getting a taste of "Beaver's Tail" - a pastry shaped like a beaver's tail that's coated with a spread of your choice (blueberry, strawberry, caramel, etc). My favourite is the hot chocolate spread. The chocolate-banana spread might be a little over the sweet edge, so be forewarned!
Alternatively you could take a train to Papineau metro and hike up (yes, walk up!) the Pont Jacques Cartier and exit where the arrows point to La Ronde. Breathtaking view of Montreal, not to mention a great view of La Ronde from up there!
"The star attraction at La Ronde is sure to provide plenty of spine-tingling excitement. The Monster is the highest wooden roller coaster in the world. Its first run was built in 1985, the second in 1986. The second was revamped with a view appealing to daredevils by offering them a series of vertiginous loops. This ride takes passengers to a height of 39.9 metres before diving at speeds of up to 96 km/hr. At two trains per rail, the Monster can send shivers through 112 people at once!"
"Built by the Swiss company Intamin, this roller coaster offers a course full of tight corners and a 360-degree vertical loop. Its main attraction is that passengers can stand up in the cars while being held back by harnesses."
"True to its name, this ride embodies the characteristics of a boomerang, lofting into the air in spectacular fashion, then zooming back to its departure point. At its highest point, the train comes to a virtual stop before plunging back down at speeds of up to 75 km/hr."
"This roller coaster with a steel tube structure offers high excitement, with speeds of up to 65 km/h and a horizontal loop that has earned it a reputation as a breathtaker. Its 24 passengers are securely strapped in by harnesses that hold them back in their seats. This ride can run with two trains, each capable of handling 24 passengers."
"In this rapid vertical ascending and descending tower, passengers experience nothing less than a rocket launch. Shot to a height of 45 metres in two seconds before diving down again, passengers experience a G-force 4 on ascending and a negative G-force 1 coming down."
"Thanks to an ultra-modern technique, passengers experience vertical rotations of 10 turns per minute over a diameter of roughly 16 metres, rocking movements every .5 seconds over the same trajectory and a pendulum-like swinging movement spanning roughly 1.1 metres at 30km/h. Two rows of seats parallel to the rotation axis can accommodate a maximum 40 passengers. Stair-stepping/walking effects were successfully created for the first time, with up to 6.5 times the acceleration of gravity (G-force)."
"Using the same principle as a hammer, two arms with a cabin at each extremity balance in opposite directions, rotating a full 360 degrees. The centrifugal forces are such that its 32 passengers stick to their seats with their heads lowered for a few seconds before resuming their course."
"This thrilling boat ride rocks its passengers from side to side, giving them the impression of being storm-tossed at sea. This ride was built by Huss of Germany."
"Many say that in terms of effect, the Flying Carpet supplies more thrills than any other ride at La Ronde. In fact, this platform, which turns horizontally as if fired by a piston, offers a great deal of resistance to the gravitational force."
Otherwise, it is a pretty enjoyable ride. Passengers follow the steps of a missing news reporter who joined the military on a sweep up mission at Dino Land...
"Imagine some one hundred spectators on moving chairs in front of giant three-dimensional images coupled with "high tech" sound effects. Sound interesting?"
"On a metallic floor, 28 cars, each capable of seating two, are available for carom enthusiasts. Every car is equipped with a seat belt."
Individual Season passport $73.90*
Family Season passport $173 (two adults 18 years and over, and two children 11 years or under)
If you get your season passport before June 8, it's only $65.20 plus taxes!
(2) Park opening hours:
Until June 20 - 10am to 8pm
Until September 1 - 10am to 10:30pm
Weekends in September - 10am to 7pm
Weekdays in September - closed
(3) Seven new rides
Rides Admission (12 and up) $27.81
Rides Admission (3 to 11) $16.52
Ground Admission $20.00
Season passport Pricing
Individual Season passport $73.90
Family Season passport
(2 adults, 18 years and over, and 2 children, 11 years or under) $160.83
The Season passport offers: Unlimited access to rides and shows!
La Petite Ronde : 3 new shows to delight kids of all ages
Fort Edmonton : Magic show
Agora des Hautes Voltiges : Thrilling diving show in a fantasy ambience
Le Mondial SAQ, The Montreal Fireworks: 9 pyromusical fireworks displays, each one more explosive than the other (reserved seating excluded)
Jardin des Étoiles :
Montreal Jazz Big Band: on fireworks nights
Molson Dry LIVE Fridays: 4 exclusive shows in August
The latest ride to take Montreal by storm is the wet water ride - Le Splash! Each boat sits up to 20 people and after moving quite a distance along the pipes, it ascends then falls down a 15 metres high waterfall. This huge fall results in a 5 metres tall splash which will not fail to soak those on the ride as well as onlookers standing on a viewing bridge in front of the waterfall!