Montreal: Olympic Park

Montreal hosted the 1976 summer Olympic games. The first Olympic hosted by Canada, the highlights included gymnast Nadia Comaneci getting a perfect 10 score, Britain’s Princess Anne competing in equestrian events, and Bruce Jenner’s gold medal in the decathlon.

We took the Metro to the Pie-IX station. Walking down Avenue Pierre-de Coubertin we were treated to an odd site: cyclists and rollerbladers – both men and women – covered head to toe in different paint colors. Was this a public art experiment? I have no idea!

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Montreal Olympic Park

With our Passeport MTL we gained admission to Montreal Tower (Tour de Montreal). The tallest inclined tower in the world; it is attached to Olympic Stadium (Stade olympique) which also hosted the Montreal Expos before they decamped to DC in the 2000s. Inside the stadium, a funicular takes you to the top for some bird’s-eye views!

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View from Montreal TowerView from Montreal Tower

After that, we walked over to the Biodome, (not to be confused with the Biosphere!) a nature center featuring various climates and animals of the Americas. Again, our Passeport MTL covered admission. The Biodome was originally used for indoor cycling events during the Olympics.

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View of Biodome from Montreal Tower

The Olympics sites are not only interesting for sports buffs. It’s nice to see the buildings repurposed and used for other attractions and events. Definitely worth a side trip while you are in Montreal.

Here are some pics from the Olympic Park:

For more photos, check out my Montreal Flickr album.

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