Some of Montreal’s most famous places and buildings are listed here, although there are so many more to explore.
When you think of Montreal, what do you imagine? This city is famous for many things including Montreal landmarks, structures, and people. The city has become known for a collection of specific spots, but some stand out more than others. Here are just a few symbols that represent the city of Montreal better than its own name.
The Montreal Olympic Stadium is a reminder of an important moment in the city’s history. Montreal hosted the Olympics in 1976 and the stadium remains a major part of its culture. It can even be seen from almost every part of the city.
When the sky is clear, guests can see as far as the Laurentian Mountains, a cool 80 kilometers (50 miles) away!
The Olympic Tower has since welcomed over four million visitors. The Tour Olympique or Tour Montreal gives guests a one-of-a-kind experience as the world’s highest inclined tower at 175 meters tall, sitting at a 45-degree angle.
The Montreal Tower Observatory was opened to the public more than ten years after the Olympic athletes had given it their all in the stadium in 1987, but it was worth the wait!
Riding the Funicular
One of the best parts of the experience is taking the Funicular! To get to the top of the tower, visitors ride the unique funicular around the exterior of the tower. The views are happening throughout the whole experience.
The funicular rides at about 2.8 meters per second (6 miles per hour). It makes almost a hundred trips every day to scale the 266 meters (872 feet) of rail. The funicular can carry over 500 visitors up to the top of the tower each hour as it holds 76 passengers at a time on its two levels.
The Montreal Tower Observatory is open throughout the year, other than for six weeks, from early January through the middle of February, for the funicular’s annual maintenance. [See More…]
Mount Royal is one of the most beautiful sites in Montreal with the giant cross, Beaver Lake, the Tam Tams, the surrounding nature, and so much more!
Get out there for a nature walk or hike! Go for a picnic or suntan by Beaver Lake. In the winter, go skating or cross-country skiing. There’s so much to do on our glorious mountain in the center of Montreal. [See more…]
Hundreds of commuters use the Jacques-Cartier Bridge everyday to make there way onto the island of Montreal. The 86-year-old bridge has been a longstanding symbol of the city.
The Jacques Cartier Bridge was lit up in May to mark the 375th birthday of the city of Montreal in 2017. The lighting commission included 2,807 lights and 10.4 kilometers of cabling, which rang in at $39.5 million.
The bridge’s lights change daily in color, and the speed, intensity, and movement of the illumination changes to reflect differences in weather and traffic.
The Biosphere was originally part of Canada’s Expo ’67 and it’s so cool!
The American government contemplated its contribution to Expo 67, as the exposition was meant to showcase different countries and the US wanted to make a significant impact – and did they ever!
The US Pavilion measured a whopping 200-feet-high with a spherical diameter of 250 feet and was constructed with a frame of steel pipes. It now works to educate guests about environmental concerns threatening the area. [See more…]
Place Ville Marie
Place Ville Marie, or PVM for short, was the tallest building in Canada until the completion of the Tour de la Bourse in 1964. But, its unique design makes it one of the most recognizable landmarks in Montreal as Place Ville Marie is built in the form of a cross!
The office tower in the heart of Montreal connects the 47-floor building with the metro system and the network of underground tunnels that extend throughout the downtown core!
The building houses more than 1600 businesses and shops and is a must-see attraction.
St. Joseph’s Oratory
The Oratory of St. Joseph is the largest church in Canada and attracts over two million guests per year.
The basilica is Italian Renaissance style with a copper dome and seats nearly 3,000 people!
Visitors must climb over 280 steps to reach the main entrance. Pilgrims, however, may use the alternate staircase of 99 steps, if they wish to climb on their knees.
Alfred Bessette or Brother Andre entered Montreal’s seminary in 1870 to tend to the sick and lonely. He became very well-known for his caring disposition throughout the Roman Catholic community.
Brother Andre built a small to receive those in need in 1904 and told them to pray to St. Joseph, who would hear their needs. It didn’t take long for Brother Andre and the pilgrims who came for help to outgrow the small chapel. A larger church, called a crypt, which seated 1,000 people, was built in 1917.
That crypt also grew too small, so construction of a great basilica began in 1924. The construction finished in 1967 and Brother Andre demanded that it be called St. Joseph, to whom he attributes all his miracles. [See more…]
Another exhibit built for Montreal’s Expo ’67, Habitat 67 is a popular monument which embodies Montreal’s unique architecture. The complex of residential apartments was built for the 1967 World Exposition with the motto, ‘Man and his World.’
Habitat 67 was built and remains at a beautiful location on the Cite du Havre, a peninsula found in the St. Lawrence River near the Old Port of Montreal.
The Farine Five Roses Sign
The Farine Five Roses Sign can be found on one of the most famous Montreal landmarks, the Farine Five Roses building. The sign is huge and neon, greeting visitors as they drive towards Montreal island. The simple icon is one of the most beloved symbols of Montreal.
The Canadian mill was first opened in 1946 and the iconic sign went up in 1948.
The sign read Farine Five Roses Flour from 1954 until it was sold in 1977 and ‘Flour’ was removed in order to complu with Quebec’s French legislation Bill 101.