22 Chemin Macdonald
In the Parc Jean-Drapeau, Île Ste-Hélène
H3C 6A3 Montreal, Canada
Late June to Aug daily 11am-9pm (to 11:30pm Sat); spring and fall Sat-Sun 11am-7pm
La Ronde is Eastern Canada's largest amusement park. Located in the Jean Drapeau Park one Ile St Helene, La Ronde was originally opened to celebrate Canada's Centennial and the World's Fair at Expo '67, it was a major component of Expo '67. In 2001, the city sold the park to the American-owned Six Flags Theme Park. The company added some 16 new rides including one of North America's fastest and highest rollercoaster, the Goliath. Other new rides combine with La Ronde classics such as the 45-metre Grande Roue Ferris Wheel with its 40 gondolas and the perennial favourite Splash, the 20-passenger boat ride that plunges over a 15-meter waterfall. The family section, Le Pays de Ribambelle, opened in 2005 and has plenty of rides for the little ones. Small children will delight with The Pommes d'Api, the family version of La Ronde's famous Condor ride where you get on board apple-shaped gondolas to take a sky ride as well as the original minirail that circles the park on an elevated track.