Montreal

Opening of Old Port's observation wheel delayed until end of August

The 60-metre tall wheel is built and was supposed to open to the public in June, but the grounds around it and a building housing a café, bar and offices aren't finished.

The 60-metre tall 'Grande Roue de Montréal' was supposed to open in June

The 'Grande Roue' is built but the grounds and buildings around it aren't finished yet. (Radio-Canada/Diana Gonzalez)

Anyone hoping to try out the "Grande Roue" observation wheel in Montreal's Old Port will now have to wait until the end August.

The 60-metre tall wheel is built and was supposed to open to the public in June, but the grounds around it and a building housing a café, bar and offices aren't finished.

Heavy rains and a brief construction strike haven't helped, and it's now Quebec's annual two-week construction holiday.

The Grande Roue features 42 climate-controlled cabins and will operate year round. (Radio-Canada/Diana Gonzalez)
Members of the public, meanwhile, are raring to go.

"I would have liked to see the city from above but what can you do I guess," Gerard Pelegrini said.

"It was big so I wanted to try it," said Howie Vargas.

Howie and Nina Vargas said they are disappointed the wheel isn't open, but are having fun in Montreal anyway. (Navneet Pall/CBC)

Once it is up and running, the observation wheel with its 42 enclosed, climate-controlled cabins will operate 12 months a year.

The $27-million wheel located on Bonsecours Island will be in place for at least five years, as per the agreement with its private sector builders.

With files from Navneet Pall and Radio-Canada's Diana Gonzalez

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