Montreal may be famous for its food scene and its European charm, but one of the things that make it so distinctive is the architecture of the Olympic Park. 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.
Other than the tower, the area is also the largest scientific center in Canada, the Space for Life, being home to several museums, the Insectarium, the Botanical Gardens, the brand new Planetarium and the very popular Biodome.This last one recreates four different ecosystems from around the world and hosts some of the most irresistible species, including sloths and penguins.
An ideal day out for kids and grown-ups alike!
Montreal’s Olympic Park – Good To Know
- Where: Pie-IX and Viau metro stations on the green line, easily accessible from downtown.
- When: Obviously the Botanical Gardens are a no-go in the winter, but any other day of the year is worth the trek. The other museums are indoors, and make for an excellent day indoors.
- What: Four distinct science and nature-oriented museums and the highest inclined tower in the world, whose top floor consists of an observatory.
- How much: There is a special guided tour Tower Observatory admission and optional Olympic Park or Biodome Tour available, which comes highly recommended from time-strapped travelers who want to stick to the essential sights.
- Contributed by Marie-Eve Vallieres