New for 2016
Goliath will be turned into a virtual reality coaster. Also, Le Vampire will run backwards plus read about Phoenix and Graviton, two new rides that are debuting, in my preview of all of the new rides at Six Flags parks for the 2016 season.
The 146-acre La Ronde (which was purchased by Six Flags in 2001) began life as part of the 1967 World's Fair in Montreal--"Expo 67, Man and his World"--and, in fact, still offers some of the original attractions from the fair, including the above-mentioned Minirail and the towering 330-foot Wonka-esque glass elevator, Spirale.
But while the park may embrace its historical heritage, that doesn't mean it's not chockablock with state-of-the-art rides and attractions. The 175-foot tall, 68 mph-reaching Goliath is so large that riders are actually propelled outside the park to the eastern point of Sainte-Helene Island during their 3-minute-plus journey, while Vampire--the first suspended coaster of its kind in Quebec--gives riders a leg-dangling thrill in true chair lift style.
Once guests have quelled their need for speed, there is still plenty to do and see, including the breathtaking pyrotechnics panorama that makes up L'International des Feux Loto-Quebec in early summer and various other events and exhibitions scheduled throughout the year.
As with all the parks owned by the Six Flags parent company, La Ronde offers Fright Fest. The annual Halloween celebration includes haunted mazes, special shows, and other features to mark the holiday.
Park Information: (514) 397-2000
Guest Services: (514) 397-2001, x2623
Admission and Area Hotel Info:
Reduced price for children (under 54"). 3 and under are free. Discounted tickets are often available online. Season pass tickets include admission to all Six Flags parks.
For an additional fee, the park offers the Flash Pass go-to-the-front-of-the-lines program. VIP tours available for an extra fee (which is quite high).
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From Quebec: Highway 20 to highway 132 junction (toward Laprairie-USA). Take Jacques-Cartier bridge exit. Once on the bridge, exit at Parc Jean-Drapeau then follow directions to La Ronde.
From Ottawa: Highway 417 to highway 40 junction. Then take highway 20 towards Montreal. Take Jacques-Cartier bridge exit. Once on the bridge, exit at Parc Jean-Drapeau then follow directions to La Ronde.
From Toronto: Highway 401 to highway 20 towards Montreal. Take Jacques-Cartier bridge exit. Once on the bridge, exit at Parc Jean-Drapeau then follow directions to La Ronde.
- With the aptly named hypercoaster Goliath and the suspended coaster Vampire leading the way, La Ronde has enough thrills to satiate even the most ardent coaster crusaders.
- The kid-friendly Pays de Ribambelle offers gentler fare for the young at heart and small in stature, while the elevated Minirail allows you to plan your day from on high with a leisurely ride around the park.
- Each summer La Ronde also plays host to L'International des Feux Loto-Quebec, the most prestigious international fireworks competitions in the world.
New for 2015
Subtitled, "Labyrinth of Fear," the park got a year-round, walk-through haunted house.
New for 2014: Demon
A crazy flat ride sends passengers flipping and spinning.
New for 2013: Aqua Twist
A competitive boat ride in which passengers are armed with giant squirt guns.
New for 2012: Vol Ultime
A swinging tower ride, which climbs 45 meters, tests passengers' tolerance for acrophobia.
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