The Camp Fortune Mountain Coaster is one of the new summer activities on offer at Camp Fortune.
A gravity-powered mountain pipe coaster that had its first run in June 2021, this is the first and only mountain pipe coaster in the Ottawa / Gatineau Region.
If you’re interested in finding out more about this ride, then you have come to the right place!
This guide features everything you need to know about riding the Camp Fortune Mountain Coaster, including insider tips and advice, so keep reading to find out more.
How Long is the Camp Fortune Mountain Coaster?
Reaching a speed of up to 40 km/h (25 mp/h), the Camp Fortune Mountain Coaster is a 1 km long (3,281 ft) monorail track that offers riders an exhilarating ride with multiple twists and turns.
The experience starts with a scenic chairlift ride up the valley chairlift. It’s a peaceful and relaxing ride with views of the rolling Gatineau Hills.
As you exit the chairlift you’ll jump into one of the mountain coaster carts and start your descent down the mountain.
The total downhill ride time is just over 2 minutes long, depending on your speed.
Mountain coasters are fitted with a manual brake so the speed of the ride is something that you’re in control of.
You can expect each ride to last about 5 minutes from start to finish.
How Fast is the Camp Fortune Mountain Coaster?
The Camp Fortune Mountain Coaster can reach a maximum speed of 40 km/h (25 mp/h).
The mountain coaster rides on a monorail track that is elevated slightly above the ground. Because of this close proximity, you’ll feel like you’re going much faster!
But fear not, as a safety feature, mountain coasters are fitted with an automatic braking system that prevents the carts from going over the maximum speed.
In addition, this mountain coaster is fitted with a manual brake that lets riders control the speed of their descent.
The manual brake is located between your legs. You pull back on it to engage the brake and push it forward to accelerate.
If 40 km/h (25 mp/h) is too fast for you, you can slow the ride down to a speed that feels more comfortable.
How Much Does the Camp Fortune Mountain Coaster Cost?
Tickets to ride the mountain coaster are sold in single or double rides.
Children 12 years and younger are also able to join the ride as a passenger.
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Tickets can be purchased online or on-site. The ticket prices above exclude appropriate sales tax.
What Is a Mountain Coaster?
If you’re unfamiliar with mountain coasters (also known as alpine coasters), check out the post we wrote.
Mountain or alpine coasters are essentially gravity-powered roller coasters that use the natural contours of a mountain to provide riders with a thrilling downhill ride experience.
Alpine coasters are a great activity that the whole family can enjoy. However, given the nature of this ride, there are some age and height restrictions that apply.
In addition, alpine coasters are equipped with a manual brake, enabling riders to adjust their descent speed. This unique feature allows riders to have greater control of their experience.
If things get a bit too fast for your liking you can apply the brake, if you’re more of the daredevil type then you can leave the brake untouched for maximum speed.
And finally, no prior experience or training is necessary. You can just jump in and enjoy the ride.
Camp Fortune Mountain Coaster Video
One of the great things about mountain coasters is that many people have filmed their experiences.
These videos give you an opportunity to “experience” the ride before you go on it.
The video below gives you a first-person view of what you can expect from start to finish on the Camp Fortune Mountain Coaster.
One thing to be aware of though is that point-of-view videos can be a bit misleading.
The wide-angled lens makes the drops shallower and the ride seems way slower than it is in real life.
They provide a good idea of what the ride looks like but only real-world experience tells you how they feel. So get out there and try it for yourself.
These rides really are the perfect combination of an adrenaline rush and nature.
If you happen to be in the area then this is an activity to add to your “to-do list”.
Camp Fortune Mountain Operating Hours
Please note that this ride only operates during the summer season.
During the summer season, it is open daily from 11 am to 6 pm and only on weekends from mid-September to mid-October.
We always recommend checking out the website in advance to see if the mountain coater is operating.
As with any ride of this nature, there are a number of requirements to ensure riders’ safety.
We have highlighted the key requirements below but we recommend you read the full list on the website.
To ride alone, you must be at least 8 years or older and 4′ 1″ or taller.
The drivers must be a minimum age of 16 years old to ride with a passenger in the cart.
Passengers must be between the ages of 3 and 12 and a minimum of 96cm (3′ 2″) tall.
Passengers must be no taller than the driver’s shoulders.
The maximum combined weight per cart is 118kg (260 lbs).
For safety reasons, the mountain coaster may need to be suspended temporarily or closed during rain, thunderstorms, lightning, or high winds.
Where is the Camp Fortune Mountain Coaster located?
The Camp Fortune Mountain Coaster is located in Chelsea, Quebec.
Camp Fortune is the closest ski resort to Ottawa and is located only 15 minutes from downtown Ottawa/Gatineau in Gatineau Park.
Address: Camp Fortune, 300 ch Dunlop, Chelsea, Québec, J9B 2N3