Olympic Park in Montreal is part of a larger greenspace that includes the Montreal Botanical Garden Maisonneuve Park and more recently Park Exalto a unique urban playground. The focal point of the park is the Olympic Stadium and the attached Montreal Tower, a unique structure and attraction that is visible from miles away. There is also a huge outdoor Esplanade area which features many free shows, performances and events throughout the year.
The Olympic Stadium has become one of Montreal's most internationally recognized landmarks. It features a very unique architectural design created by French architect Roger Tallibert. This striking landmark features the world's tallest inclined tower which rises 574 feet above the ground at an incredible 45 degree angle.
Visitors to the Stadium can ride a funicular up the outside of the Montreal Tower to the observatory at the top. As it quickly carries you up the steep incline to the observation level, the funicular, which has a capacity of 76 passengers, presents superb views of the park and the botancial gardens below. From the observatory at the top you will enjoy spectacular views of the city; on a clear day you can see for up to 80 kilometres.
One might think that the Stadium they see today is pretty much the same as it was for the 1976 Olympics, but that is far from the case. In fact the project has been plagued with problems throughout its life. Labour disruptions prevented the completion of the tower and retractable roof in time for the Olympic games and after many more design modifications and problems the retractable roof was not put into operation until 1989 - 13 years after the Olympic Games. The troubles were only just beginning however as the new retractable roof did not function well and was very susceptible to damage from wind, snow and even heavy rain. After a decade of problems the retractable Kelvar roof was replaced with a non-retractable fiberglass roof in 1998, but even this had problems with snow load in the following year.
In spite of its many problems, Olympic Stadium has and continues to host a wide variety of notable games, concerts and events. During the 1976 Summer Olympics the stadium hosted both the opening and closing ceremonies along with a number of Olympic sporting events. From 1977-2004 it was home to the Montreal Expos baseball franchise and from 1976 - 1997 it was home to the Montreal Allouettes Canadian Football League franchise and it is still used as a venue when Montreal hosts the CFL Grey Cup game. The stadium has the largest seating capacity of any stadium in the country.
At the base of the Montreal Tower there is a large sports complex that includes an Olympic swimming pool. Adjacent to the stadium is the Biodome, an indoor nature museum which is one of four science facilities operated by the Space for Life Foundation. It was originally the Velodrome at the 1976 Olympics Games. All of these structures where part of the original design by architect Roger Tallibert.
Adjacent to the Pie-IX Metro Station you will find the newly opened Park Exalto. This park, the first of its kind in North America, provides athletic obstacle courses with differing levels of difficulty that provide visitors with a fun challenge. Admission to the park lets you repeat the courses as many times as you wish. Later when you get tired you can relax in one of the hammocks or practice your golf putting to wind down. you can get more information at Parc Exalto.
Olympic Stadium is almost as intriguing for its troubled history as it is for its striking design. As one of Montreal's most recognizable and prominent landmarks it, along with the surrounding attractions are a must see.
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Watch for free shows and events in the outdoor Esplanade.
Address: 4141 Avenue Pierre-De Coubertin, Montréal, QC H1V 3N7, Canada
Phone: (514) 252-4141
Official Website: Olympic Park Montreal Stadium and Tower
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How to get to Olympic Park Montreal Stadium and Tower by Metro
By Metro: Take Metro Line 1 to Station Pie-IX which is located right at the southern corner of Olympic Park and just a short walk from the stadium and tower.
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Ratedout of 5
For a stadium that's used since 1976, it was still kept pretty much okay. The guided tour is okay, at least you'll know the history of the building, as well as its current condition.
Moe E.C. - 1 month ago
This is an awesome spot to spend a nice day in Montreal. Local tip: go to “First Friday’s” on the first Friday of the month from May-October; it’s the largest food truck event in Canada. Overall, it is a great space to walk around and the Botanical Garden is beautiful.
Chris S. - 1 month ago
Dramatic architecture. We saw this view on our walk from the Metro station to the Montreal Botanic Garden. This Garden is well worth the price of admission. The design and layout are lovely. Plant material is generally healthy and thriving. The grounds are very well maintained.
Sanne Kure-Jensen - 2 months ago
If you have the passeport it is worth the visit. Good to know how the stadium is being used after the Olympics. It is a big complex. You can see lots of things around.
Daniele Falasqui - 2 months ago
While in Montreal, relive the 1976 Olympic Games by visiting the Olympic Stadium and observatory. With either on-sight parking in the underground garage (for $19 CAN, 2018) or satellite parking in other lots within walking distance (pricing varies), the Olympic Stadium offers both guided and self guided tours. Visitors can choose from either a ride up in the funicular to the top of the Observatory for a birds eye view of Montreal and the Olympic Village, a tour of the Stadium, or both (prices vary depending on tour chosen). Once done, don’t forget to visit the exhibit on the making of the 1976 Montreal Olympics and how the city pulled together to make the games a reality. Also, don’t forget to explore the Olympic Aquatic Center to see the Olympic Pool and Diving Well. Overall, a trip to the Olympic Stadium is a delightful experience, especially on a Summer or Fall day, where families can picnic and walk the Olympic Park.
Henry Mottesheard - 3 months ago