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    The Montreal Olympic Park

    by joanj Updated Jun 22, 2005

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    Olympic Park Stadium

    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.

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    Olympic Stadium - another nice view!

    by Ewingjr98 Updated May 29, 2005

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    Montreal from Olympic Stadium

    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.

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    The Olympic instalations... Souvenir of 1976 games

    by vibi68 Written May 23, 2005

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    Montreal's Olympic Stadium

    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.

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    Olympic Stadium

    by lotta29 Updated Apr 2, 2005

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    Montreal Olympic Stadium

    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...:)

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    Olympic Stadium

    by kala6487 Written Jan 2, 2005

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    A big ghost town

    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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    Olympic Stadium, Biodome, and Botanical Gardens

    by drei Updated Aug 3, 2004

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    Big O and the Biodome

    The "Big O," Montreal's Olympic Stadium, looks fvckin cool. More of a spaceship than any type of conventional stadium, the Big O is flanked by the Montreal Tower, which holds the stadium's roof in place (or tries to, anyway) and has a fabulous observatory on the top floor for all to gaze upon downtown just a few kilometers away. Taking the external elevator to the observatory on the "back" of the inclined Tower is also pretty interesting as far as ascents go. A trip to the Olympic Park is not only an architectural and scenic delight, however; you also have access to the Biodome, a converted velodrome from the Olympics, which now houses all kinds of lifeforms - plants, animals, insects, you know, a kind of "nature expose" for the city dweller. And finally, you can also go relax in the Botanical Gardens, licated right across the street from the stadium and containing a gorgeous Chinese garden, complete with waterfalls and floating loti. All in all, a trip to the Big O offers all kinds of experiences at an amazingly low kilometers per experience rate! Not bad for a five dollar round trip on the metro.

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    Inclined tower

    by Polly74 Written May 4, 2004

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    Montreal tower

    Paris has the Eiffel Tower, New York, the Empire State Building, Toronto, the CN Tower, and Montr?al, the highest inclined tower in the world. Looming over the Olympic Stadium, it has become the uncontested symbol of the city. Built for the 1976 Olympic summer games, the stadium is the bold design of French architect, Roger Taillibert. This imposing structure, adorned by the Tour de Montr?al (Montr?al tower), is without a doubt the preferred arena for major sporting events, rock concerts and large gatherings. Take a ride in the funicular to one of three observation decks offering an unobstructed view of Montr?al and its surroundings.

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    Olympic park

    by Polly74 Written May 4, 2004
    Olympic Stadium

    Explore a tourist attraction of international calibre. Site of the 1976 Olympic Games, the Olympic Park is a truly incomparable architectural complex.
    The Olympic Stadium is really a masterpiece of modern architecture and engineering.

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    Parc Olympique de Montreal

    by MDH Written Feb 23, 2004

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    The Montreal Tower

    The Olympic Park of Montreal showcases the surviving buildings from the 1976 Summer Olympics, which were one of the most fiscally mismanaged Olympics ever. It's Olympic Stadium was declared state of the art, with a retractable roof. Yet it never fully worked, and the Stadium was only entirely finished in 1990! Nearly 16 years later!

    The Park also includes the Biodome, Botanical Gardens, and the Insectarium. Perhaps the real true monument of the place is the Montreal Tower, a giant slanted curved tower rising near the base of the Stadium. Sure it looks straight from that horrible architectural dark age of the 1970s, but it does give some of the best views of Montreal and the surrounding area outside of Mont Royal.

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    Olympic village

    by Del. Updated Oct 27, 2003

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    This is the site of the 1976 Olympic games. It is possible to go to the top of the Funiculaire which has stunning views of the city. The purpose if this building was to raise the roof off the stadium.

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    Olympic Stadium

    by bicycle_girl Written Apr 13, 2003
    Olympic stadium

    This unique structure has been built for the summer Olympic games in 1976 in Montreal. Subject to huge controversy over the architecture and the huge cost to it, it is the home of our local baseball team and also many expositions that happen throughout the year. You can go up the mast for a magnificient view of Montreal and its surroundings.

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    A controversial building, The Olympic Stadium

    by Franberu Written Apr 8, 2003

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    The olympic stadium

    For the olympic games of 1976, mayor Jean Drapeau gave a mandat to french architect Roger Taillibert to build a giant stadium. The montrealers have'nt finish to pay it yet for many reasons. First the plans of the architect were not taking for account the climate of the city and many problems with the roof have generate foolish investments. But, from a sight point of view this building is a mastercraft. The local baseball team, Montreal's Expos are playing their games there.

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    Montreal Olympic Park.

    by onlinerep Written Feb 25, 2003

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    This impressive piece of architecture was built for the 1976 Summer Olympic Games. The tower's elevator will take you to the top 3 observation floors, where you can view the amazing sites of Montreal.

    It's not only sporting events that take place here, but also mass gatherings and even rock concerts.

    A guided tour of the Stadium is available in English and French and you can pay for this at the entrance. Opening hours vary depending on the month, so check in advance.

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    Olympic Park

    by btex Updated Sep 26, 2002

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    It includes the Biodome, Montreal Tower, Olympic Stadium...the Botanical Gardens are nearby as well. I like how the complex looks from a distance; but, standing right next to it, it looks kind of clunky, like it was made for the set of a bad 1970s science-fiction movie - Logan's Run or something like that.

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    Olympic Stadium ( Stade Olympique)

    by sunnywong Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Olympic Stadium, Montreal, Quebec

    The stadium, built for the 1976 summer games, is beautiful to look at but not very practical. It's hard to heat, and the retractable fabric roof, supported by the tower, has never worked properly. Nevertheless, it's home to the Expos of baseball's National League and is used for events like Montréal's annual car show.

    A trip to the top of this tower, the world's tallest tilting structure, is very popular; a two-level cable car can whisk 90 people up the exterior of the 890-ft tower.

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