This unique structure was built as part of the Olympic stadium for the 1976 Montreal Olympics games. Today it serves as an observatory. Cost to go up is $14 Canadian. The funicular going up is pretty cool but if its just views of Montreal you are interested in the views from Mont Royal are much better and free.
In 1976, Summer Olympic was held in the City of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The Olympic Stadium is now the venue for Fairs, Sports, and Musical Events. The Tower is 175 meters which is the highest inclined tower in the world. I have taken a couple of shots of this remarkable stadium in different angles and I am convinced that this is an amazing and unique icon of the beautiful City of Montreal. I highly recommend the Olympic Stadium which I believe is a "must see" for its panoramic view. An elevator takes you to the top of the Tower. It is recommended to bring binoculars to be able to recognize and have a close look of the beautiful city with its buildings and wonderful landscape. You will also have the opportunity to tour other attractions within the Olympic Stadium which include (1) Biodome showcasing the Polar Worlds of the Arctic and Antarctic, the Tropical Forest and the Laurentian Forest. (2) Insectarium which is the only one of its kind in North America. (3) Botanical Garden which is a beautiful sight to see with thousands of species. Come visit Montreal and explore an array of attractions that will surely be a memorable event for every tourists of all ages.
A visit in Montreal always bring you near this important landmark (the only one ?) of Montreal, the one and only, our priceless (!?) Olympic stadium. This marvel of architecture, the most crooked tower in the world, need to be seen very closely to see all the work and concrete it took to make it.
After a few pictures, if you want, you can go up the tower in the funicular but it is a little expensive (around 14$ CAN for adult) for this view.
Around the stadium, don't miss the Biodome and the incredible Botanical garden.
N.B. I shot two short clips recently at the Stadium. To see them, go to this web site http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=etrehumain. Enjoy !
Montreal was the site of the 1976 Summer Olympics. The Olympic Stadium has the world's tallest inclined tower and, until the end of the 2004 season, was the home of the Montreal Expos baseball team. The Olympic complex also includes the Montreal Biodome, Montreal Insectarium, and the Montreal Botanical Garden, one of the largest botanical gardens in the world, second only to Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in England.
Today, the CFL's Montreal Alouettes play the last game of their season and playoff games in the Olympic Stadium. It holds up to 56 040 fans for a football game and it may hold more in the future when temporary overflow stands are added to the dugout pits and center field for football. It is nicknamed the "Big O" because of its oval shaped roof. It is also sometimes called the "Big Owe" due to the outrageous total cost of the stadium.
Built for the 1976 Summer Olympic Games, the Olympic Stadium is the Park’s centrepiece, a bold design by French architect Roger Taillibert. Impressive in size and shape, and topped by the tallest inclined tower in the world, the Olympic Stadium quickly became a choice location for major sporting events, rock concerts and public gatherings. A funicular-type elevator brings visitors to the top three observation floors, where they have a superb view of Montréal and its surroundings. Guided tours are available. The sports centre, at the foot of the Tower, has six aquatic pools as well as a multi-sport facility.
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Stopping here on the city tour, which was part of our Canadian Coast to Coast tour, I had to take the photograph under a tree to try and keep the camera dry. Yes it more or less rained on the few days we stayed in Montreal.
The stadium was originally built for the l976 Olympic Games, - Architect was Roger Tailibert.
There is a panoramic view of Montreal from the Observatory at the top of the world's tallest inclined tower. It is said that on a clear day you can see up to 80 km's in every direction.
You can get there via a cable car with large windows providing a view of the city. The two-level cable car is one of the few in the world capable of carrying 76 passengers at once.
Olympic Stadium was built for the 1976 Olympics (but was not completed on time due to a strike) and was used by the Montreal Expos for some of their home games until they moved to the US and became the Washington Nationals. The stadium was not completed until 1987, and the total cost for construction was over $1 billion!!!
In 1991 a 55 ton concrete beam fell from the roof, forcing a temporary closure of the stadium.
The tower is the world's tallest inclined structure and offers a great view of the city, though from quite a distance.
Montreal's best known landmark: the 1976 Olympic Stadium, a must see during your trip. For a swim in the olympic pool, a 175m high ride up the "Montreal Tower", a cocktail at the top "Salon Montréal" or just a simple stroll in the sports park surrounding the stadium. Home to many activities such as motocross competitions, footbal games and many fairs, exhibitions and musical events.
The Olympic Stadium was the first landmark I spotted from the plane window when arriving to Montreal. The Stadium with its inclined tower is a very impressive sight - thou it still provokes controversial opinions among the locals since its reparations have cost the city (ie. the tax payers!) quite a bit.
The Stadium was built for the 1976 Summer Olympic Games and nowadays it hosts mostly trade fairs and sports events with 55 000 seats.
The Montreal Tower rises up to 175 metres which makes it the highest inclined tower in the world (with a 45-degree angle). You can get into the funicular which will take you to the top in a couple of minutes. (The price was $6 in summer 2004.) As you can imagine, the view from the top is pretty nice - in clear weather you can see as far as 80 kilometres! However, for taking photos I prefer climbing up Mont-Royal since - even thou you can't see as far - you don't have to be photographing through a glass!
There are guided tours to take you around in the Olympic Village but I never took part in one so I can't say much about them...:)
We took a drive out to Olympic Stadium after seeing it from afar on Mont Royal. The place is massive but sadly it has been abandoned by the Montreal Expos. Not sure what they will use it for these days, but one can't help but remember Bruce Jenner waving the American flag after winning the gold.
By the way, the botanical gardens are across the street. We did not enter, but I hear it is a good take-in.
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