Tower of Pisa, move over. Visit the tallest leaning tower in the world — the Montreal Tower — located in the Olympic Stadium complex ... More info ›
Tower of Pisa, move over. Visit the tallest leaning tower in the world — the Montreal Tower — located in the Olympic Stadium complex. Take a unique funicular ride up the side of the tower, and from the observatory, admire sweeping views that have garnered the Michelin Guide’s highest rating. Upgrade and enjoy entry to the Biodôme next door. Wander through various land and aquatic ecosystems like a rainforest and polar landscapes, and spot wildlife like lynx, piranhas and penguins.
Arrive at Olympic Park, built for the 1976 Summer Olympics, and make your way to the Montreal Tower, part of the stadium complex. Rising 541 feet (165 meters) at a 45-degree angle, the Montreal Tower is the world’s tallest leaning tower, with more than 250,000 visitors each year.
Climb aboard a 2-level glass-encased funicular accommodating up to 76 passengers at a time, and enjoy the 2-minute ascent to the observatory deck. The only funicular in the world to operate on a curved structure, the sophisticated hydraulic system maintains the cabin on a horizontal level as it glides up the tower.
At the top, marvel at the panoramas of Montreal, the Laurentian mountains and the St Lawrence River Valley. On clear days, see up to 50 miles (80 km) all around — a view that received a three-star rating from the Michelin Guide. It is no surprise that the Montreal Tower is a member of the World Federation of Great Towers, alongside the CN Tower in Toronto, the Empire State Building in New York and the Menara Tower in Kuala Lumpur.
Return to the tower’s massive triangular base, which includes a sports center of seven basins for water sports and a sports hall.
Optional Ticket to the Biodôme
Upgrade and add a visit to the Biodôme, next door to the Montreal Tower. Under one roof, explore replicas of four ecosystems found in the Americas, each with a different climate. The Biodôme houses 500 plant species and more than 4,500 animals from 250 species.
Wander through the lush and warm Tropical Forest, a reproduction of a South American rainforest, and catch sight of thousands of plants and animals, including piranhas, caimans, bats and brightly colored birds.
Move on to the Laurentian Maple Forest of conifers and hardwoods, and spot an array of aquatic and land wildlife like amphibians, reptiles, beavers, porcupines, otters and lynx.
At the Gulf of St Lawrence ecosystem, discover hundreds of fish swimming in a basin holding 660,430 gallons (2.5 million liters) of ‘seawater’ produced at the Biodôme. In addition to fish like cod, striped bass, halibut and salmon, look out for sea stars, anemones, sea cucumbers and crab lining the rocky shores.
In the final ecosystem of the Labrador Coast and Sub-Antarctic Islands, delight in sighting Atlantic puffins, black guillemots and king penguins.
Afterward, take a coffee break at the on-site café or browse through the gift shop for souvenirs. If you’re up for more nature and science, check out the nearby Insectarium, Botanical Garden and Planetarium.