Best city views of Montreal: Observatoire Au Sommet Place Ville Marie, Montreal Olympic Tower, and Mont-Royal

Whenever we travel to new places, we always seem to be on the lookout for the best views of the area. While we were visiting Montreal, we found three different vantage points to take in the sights: Mont-Royal, Montreal Olympic Tower and Observatoire au Summit. However, with that being said, if you’re short on time you may not have the chance to experience all 3. In this post, we are going to share our experiences of each to help you best plan your time during your visit to Montreal, and see the city from the best places.

This hike was absolutely gorgeous. A bit of a challenge, but with a rewarding view upon your arrival to the top. Sitting at a height of 233m, be sure that you hike up on a clear day to be able to see the farthest points. At the top of Mont-Royal there is a lovely built-up observation area, as well as a chalet. For more in-depth information, including hours of operation, follow this link to our Mont-Royal post.IMG_20170929_135342_680IMG_20170905_072823_375

Montreal Olympic Tower:
While visiting the Biodome, we decided to take a walk over to see it’s neighbour: the Olympic Stadium. Created in 1976 exclusively for the summer Olympics, it’s tower stands at 165m, and is only a two-minute ride via glass-enclosed funicular to the top. With quite a bit of history behind it, we encourage you to check out more information from it’s official website, if you’re interested.

The day that we visited happened to be a torrential rain storm, so unfortunately our views from the top of the tower weren’t as clear as we had hoped. But with that being said, we were still able to see quite far, and had quite a decent view of the rainy city beneath us. We imagine that on a clear day, that sights would be fantastic!IMG_20170929_132008_366IMG_20170929_132132_236IMG_20170929_132050_395

Observatoire au Summit:
Included in the price of our Passeport Montreal, was access to the Observatoire Au Sommet Place Ville Marie, which is essentially a glass-enclosed observation deck offering spectacular 360 degree views of the city. Located on the 46th floor at 185 metres above ground, you can see all of Montreal’s most popular attractions – the St. Lawrence River, Olympic Stadium, Biosphere, and much more. We visited during the late afternoon with the sun beginning to set near Mont-Royal, offering us some beautiful lighting over the city. We highly recommend this place, as it is fully accessible, has some history in the form of infographics and photos for guests to observe, has fantastic views of the city, and even has a rooftop terrace. We were short on time so we didn’t check out the patio/restaurant, but it looked lovely. Check out the official website for more information about the structure itself, and the hours of operation for the observation deck.IMG_20170917_113251_113IMG_20170917_113208_819IMG_20170914_071851_622

When in Montreal, you can’t go wrong by catching the city views from any of these attractions. Some may have a cost, some may not be fully accessible, and some may be limited by inclement weather, but whichever you choose to experience, make sure to bring a camera. They offer views that you won’t want to forget!!

Happy traveling!

–The Calkins’

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