Parc Olympique

From Vieux-Montréal, I hopped on the nearest metro line and made my way to Parc Olympique. This is where the 1976 Summer Olympics took place. There are several events year-round held at the park and stadium.

Stade Olympique in Montréal, Québec, Canada

Stade Olympique

Stade Olympique in Montréal, Québec, Canada

Stade Olympique

In the stadium, I was able to walk around the pool and visit the tower. At 165m and with an angle of 45°, the tower is the tallest inclined tower in the world and provides great views of the surrounding area. As of September 2016, adult admission is CAD$23.25 for a ride up to the top. It’s little pricy for what you get, but I enjoyed the experience anyway. It’s also possible to buy combo tickets for the tower and the museums located at the complex (see below).

Pool at Stade Olympique in Montréal, Québec, Canada

Pool

View from the tower at Stade Olympique in Montréal, Québec, Canada

View from the tower

There are several nature museums located in the park: Biôdome de Montréal, Planétarium Rio Tinto Alcan, and Jardin botanique et Insectarium. As of September 2016, adult admission to each museum individually is CAD$19.75. It’s also possible to buy a package ticket to include the tower and one, two, or all three museums; a package ticket for two museums of your choice; or a package ticket to all three museums. Unfortunately, I didn’t have time to visit any of the museums.

View of Planétarium Rio Tinto Alcan from the tower in Montréal, Québec, Canada

View of Planétarium Rio Tinto Alcan from the tower

The largest and seemingly most popular museum, Biodôme de Montréal, houses a habitat for the four ecosystems found in the Americas. It served as the velodrome and judo facility for the 1976 Olympics.

Biôdome de Montréal in Montréal, Québec, Canada

Biôdome de Montréal

View of Biôdome de Montréal from the tower in Montréal, Québec, Canada

View of Biôdome de Montréal from the tower

The sports facilities in the park include Stade Saputo, the home of MLS soccer franchise Impact de Montréal, and Aréna Maurice Richard, an ice skating venue.

View of Stade Saputo from the tower in Montréal, Québec, Canada

View of Stade Saputo from the tower

View of Aréna Maurice Richard from the tower in Montréal, Québec, Canada

View of Aréna Maurice Richard from the tower

Another museum, Musée Dufresne-Nincheri, is a mansion built in 1918. It’s dedicated to the history of Montréal’s East End and is across the street from Stade Olympique. It’s open from Wednesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm. Adult admission as of September 2016 is CAD$14.

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