Constructed in 1976 to host the Olympic Winter Games, after the games an organizing committee set about to transform the structure into a bustling center which now houses an observatory, and advanced sports center and an enormous convention center.
By far the most striking feature of Montreal’s Olympic Park is the Olympic Park Tower. An architectural marvel reminiscent of the Leaning Tower of Pisa (but far more exaggerated), the Olympic Park Tower is distinguishable at first glance. Coming in at over 165 meters high and angled at 45 degrees, Montreal’s Olympic Park Tower is the world’s largest inclined tower and offers visitors up to 80km views of the cityscape on a clear day. A ride to the top is also its own experience as the glass walled elevator shoots toward the top at 2.5 meters per second. This ride in and of itself is definitely worth the trip.
Guided tours of Montreal’s Olympic Park are offered in both English and in French seven days of the week. Tours give visitors a brief history of the tower (there was some drama regarding its construction) and a visit to the tower and sports arenas. Additional time spent in Maisonneuve Park is always enjoyed when attending to the nearby Botanical Gardens, the Montreal Biodome, or the Insectarium. All or any of these make for a great day spent outdoors with the family.