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Originally built as an entertainment complex for Expo 67, the La Ronde amusement park is the second largest of its kind in all of Canada. Host to a range of family activities, 9 roller coasters, 3 water rides, thrill rides, and the international fireworks competition L'International des Feux Loto-Québec, there are few reasons to not pay this collection of entertainments a visit during your next visit to Montreal. Spanning across 146 acres, La Ronde is owned and operated by the Six Flags Entertainment Corporation and has acquired more and more rides with each passing year. One of the most notable rides is Le Monstre, a 131-foot high wooden double-tracked roller coaster which is said to hold the record for being the highest double-tracked roller coaster in the world.
About the location and the surrounding area
La Ronde may be a large park, but it only occupies the northern side of Saint Helen’s Island, a site of many Expo 67 attractions and festivities. In the summertime, Montrealers and tourists flock to the island to enjoy many of its public beaches and greenspace for leisure activities, and it’s a cultural hotspot throughout the warmer months. There’s Piknic Electronik which showcases DJ sets in an open-air setting, and the island is best known in general for being host to the Osheaga music festival, a ginormous festival which regularly reaches a capacity of 40,000 people each day it’s in motion. The area around Saint Helen’s Island also hosts festivals such as the punk rock festival ’77 Montreal and the heavy metal and hard rock festival Heavy Montreal.
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