Exploring Montreal’s Olympic Complex
When people think of Montreal, they think “France meets America”, tree-lined streets, explosions of flavours and festivals. But there is another attraction that often escapes the tourist radar: the Olympic Complex.
Montreal’s Olympic Complex is the exact location where the Olympic Games in 1976 were held. Instead of leaving the site to decay, the city decided to transform it over the years into a science and sports ensemble. Today, it hosts the Botanical Gardens, the Insectarium, the Biodome, the Olympic Pool, a national soccer stadium, and of course, the famous Olympic Tower.
The most obvious attraction is the Olympic Tower, which is the highest inclined tower in the world. You can easily reach the top via a panoramic funicular for sweeping views of the city – or stay on the cow’s floor and take a swim in the Olympic Pool.
Inside the building that used to be a velodrome is built the Biodome, a unique museum that recreates 4 different ecosystems and is home to hundreds of mammals and birds. Interactive and truly educative, this venue is a must-see, whether you are 7 or 77 year old! Another attraction for the wildlife lovers is the Insectarium, where you will find 75 different vivariums as well as… chocolate insects, if you dare!
On the opposite side of the complex, you will find the famous Botanical Gardens. The best time to visit is in October, when the Magic of Lanterns festival is on – it’s a month-long exhibition of Chinese lanterns all over the gardens, which are, obviously, particularly impressive during the night-time. Highly recommended in the cultural agenda, this event is not to be missed out on if you happen to visit Montreal in the fall.
Why not check out the available Montreal apartments and attend the beautiful Magic of Lanterns festival?