During our visit in Montreal, we had a great fun tasting the city’s culinary delight and attending the world’s largest jazz festival. But our gravity-defying adventure in SkyVenture Montreal took the fun into a higher level.

What’s the adventure all about?  SkyVenture Montreal offers a wind tunnel that is the only one of its kind in Canada.  It is a 14-foot cylindrical diameter vertical tube that is 45 feet tall in which the airstream is passing at a speed of 175 km per hour. Once inside, it gives participants an opportunity to experience the sensation of a free fall during skydiving or just simply flying.

Wind Tunnel, SkyVenture Montreal, Canada
After we checked in at our reserved time and completed the paperworks, we were assigned a group and were ushered to the viewing area to observe the flight sessions going on.

Some of what we saw made us a bit worried. It didn’t look like it was going to be easy as we thought. We expected that we were going to automatically float in the air once we were inside the wind tunnel. Apparently, it was not the case. We saw some people who could hardly take off despite assistance from the instructor. We were afraid that that would happen to us.

Instruction, Skyventure Montreal, CanadaAfter about 10 minutes of observation, our group of six was led by our instructor Ian to the training room. Ian showed us the proper flight position and hand signals.  We also watched a training video.

We learned that the success of our flight depends on the proper positioning and that through slight body movements we could control how high or low we could fly and how we maneuver around the tunnel.  It is also important to be relaxed;  otherwise it will be impossible for us to take off.

After the short training, we were outfitted with jumpsuit, helmet, goggles and ear buds. Running shoes are the required footwear (we were given the instruction when we made the reservation).  A locker was  provided where we stored all our belongings. We cannot take anything in the chamber.

Wind Tunnel in Skyventure Montreal, CanadaWhen my turn came, I was really nervous. The intensity of the wind made me even more nervous; it was so strong that I could feel the skin of my face and lips flapping. But I tried to relax and to remember the right positioning and I took off! Whew!

Wind Tunnel in Skyventure Montreal, CanadaIan gave me a hand signal to lower my chin and that slight movement made me soar higher. However, I got scared that I was going too high and I raised my chin up to lower myself down.

Each flight lasted one minute. It may sound short but it’s actually enough once you’re in there. We booked an introductory package of 2 flights.

Skyventure Montreal, CanadaKeith was much more relaxed during his first flight and was able to do more maneuvering around the tunnel.  In a stabilized position, the palms should be facing down.  He turned his palm slightly towards the right and he turned into the right direction and another slight hand movement made him turn into another direction. It was an amazing physics.

Skyventure Montreal, CanadaI was more excited and relaxed during my second flight and I was able to soar higher without being too scared. I  always wished I could fly like a bird when I was a child. This is the closest thing to making that chilldhood wish come true.

Skyventure Montreal, CanadaBefore the second flight, Ian asked each of us if we wanted to do a tandem flight. We said yes and Ian attached himself to  us during the second half of the flight and we soared to the highest possible level and then down several times. It was really awesome!

Skyventure Montreal, CanadaI guess because Keith looked very strong he got some extra stunt.  During the tandem, Ian gave him a very fast spin. He had a blast.

Skyventure Montreal, CanadaAfter our session, Ian did an exhibition where he was flying all over the tunnel like superman. It was amazing! He also gave us evaluations on how we could improve our flying next time.

Skyventure Montreal, CanadaIt was an exhilarating experience.  Check it out if you’re visiting Montreal.


Travel Notes:

  • SkyVenture Montreal is located in the Laval district. From city center, you can reach it by taking the subway (red line) to Montmorency (last stop) and take a short taxi ride from the station.
  • Reservation is highly recommended.
  • Introductory packages are available in flights of two for C$71 (incl taxes) and flights of four for C$108. If you decide to add the tandem flight, it will be an additional C$10, which you can pay at the end of the session.
  • Participants should be more than four years old and able to wear a properly fitting safety helmet and should not weigh more than 230 lbs, or 104 kg.
  • You can purchase photos for C$5 each and the video for C$21.74. Or you can buy the package of all the photos and video for C$60. Since all the photos and videos of both us are included in the package, it was definitely the best deal for us.


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22 responses to “SkyVenture Montreal: We Can Fly!

  1. earlier this month, my friends’ kid celebrated his 7th birthday and they took him to this activity. that is when i learned there’s one of this about 30 minutes from where we live.

    you guys are so adventurous.
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    • Marisol

      Hi Maria, I wish we have one that closed! You should try it!

  2. jan

    I thought you guys would be able to do it first time and I was right :) It looks like a lot of fun and a huge adrenalin rush. Wow.
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    • Marisol

      Hi Jan,, thanks for the vote of confidence:) Yes, it was really a great fun.

  3. I didn’t know it took so much effort. It’s interesting that you have to do a training beforehand. It looks so easy! Looks like a lot of fun!

    • Marisol

      Hi Kendra, it should be effortless once you get the hang of it. It was really a lot of fun!

    • Marisol

      Hi Aleah, it really is. It’s meant as a prelude to skydiving. We’ll see:)

    • Marisol

      HI Rachel, it truly is a cool concept. Yes, we did have a lot of fun.

  4. Shane

    I can just imagine the feeling of freedom Marisol – soaring like a bird!
    Like an “out of body” experience!
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    • Marisol

      HI Shane, being able to fly like a bird was a childhood dream so it was really a blast for me.

  5. Looks like you and Keith had a great time! There is one of these places about 15 minutes from my house. My teen LOVES it. I wish it were cheaper so that he could go more often. As it is, I think twice a year — birthday and Christmas — is my limit. I can see him getting a summer job here just so he can fly.
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    • Marisol

      How we wish we have one that that close to us. The closest one from us is in New Hampshire which is almost 5 hours away. I really hope your son can get a summer position there. It must be a fun job for him with the coolest perk.

  6. JP

    What an exhilarating adventure! I’ve always wondered if that would be fun, now I know :)

    • Marisol

      Hi JP, It was exhilarating. You have to try it!

  7. Mike

    Ok, this was one of my all-time favorite posts of your’s, Marisol and Keith. It will be difficult to dethrone Tahiti. I would absolutely love to do this. Can a person still wear their eyeglasses and have the goggles fit over them? Did anyone happen to mention if there is better time than another to go as far as long lines go? This was sooooo much fun to read and thank you for sharing. Sorry, I’ve been away but you know why Marisol. I hope all is well with you both :)
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