Visit the Montreal Tower Observatory for the Best Views of the City – Don’t Forget Your Camera!


The Montreal Tower Observatory holds the title of tallest inclined tower in the world. It measures 165 meters (575 feet) in height and sports a 45-degree angle. The Pisa Tower has only a 5-degree angle!

You will not miss it once you get close. The tower was originally built in 1976 for the Montreal Summer Olympics and remains one of the city’s most visited attractions.

Montreal Tower Observatory for the Best Views

If you’re looking for the best views in Montreal, you cannot beat this location. You will see the St. Lawrence River, the Laurentians mountain range, and Mount-Royal from the top of the tower. When the sky is clear, you may be able to see up to 50 miles away!

The tower’s glass-encased funicular is the only one in the world which operates on a curved structure using a hydraulic system. You don’t want to miss the experience!

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Other than the views, visitors enjoy the tower’s architecture and the display of lights at night. Depending on when you visit Montreal, you’ll see that the tower is lit to represent festival season, national holidays, and other significant events using specific color schemes.

Montreal Observatory Tower with cables attached to the Big O’s retractable roof adhundt

Important Information

The tower can be found in eastern Montreal, as it’s a part of the Olympic Park where you can also visit the Biodome, the Insectarium, the Botanical Gardens, and the Planetarium. You can reach the tower easily by car or by metro.

Feel free to take in a guided tour in French, English and a collection of other languages.

Other great places Montreal attractions: 

Notre Dame Basilica is One of Montreal’s Best Attractions

St. Joseph’s Oratory – The Historical Landmark on Mount Royal

Tour De Levis – Historic Montreal Landmark with Panoramic Views