We spent our last morning in Montreal with a visit to the Olympic area and its bowed tower, the highest in the world with these characteristics. We admired the outside of Biodôme building too, and the Botanical Garden from above (we didn’t have time to do everything) .
The first thing that will amaze you is how modern it looks, although it hosted the Olympic Games in 1976. That means that the buildings you see in the photo have more than 35 years and, for sure, they seem much more modern.
The tower is 175 meter tall and it’s inclined 45º. In fact this is the tallest inclined tower in the world and, “surprise, surprise”, it has a viewpoint at its top. You can go up there in a “swinging” hydraulic funicular that goes through the tower’s diagonal, which in fact is rounded. The sight reaches 80 kilometres in a clear day.
You can imagine the sight from this point. It’s truly amazing! At one side you see Mount-Royal Park hill and the entire city and Saint Laurent River, and at the other side there are the Laurentides Mountains and the Olympic Area beneath it, as well as the Botanical Garden and the Biodôme building.
The Botanical Garden (it’s also an insectarium) gathers a large collection of plants and insects from all over the world, and the Biodôme is some kind of zoo where the different ecosystems (wildlife and flora) that can be found in America are recreated. From the Arctic to the Antarctic, the tropical forests…
The ticket to enter the tower costed 15 $ per adult. However there are touristic packs where the rest of attractions are included and the prices are far better than buying the tickets separately.
We didn’t have much more time before lunch and going to the airport to take the plane back home to Barcelona, although we went to Boulevard Saint Laurent commercial area to go shopping one last time.
Address: 4545 Pierre-De Coubertin Avenue,Montréal, QC
GPS Coordinates: 45.559984, -73.547696
More information: The Montreal Tower