Montréal's Olympic Park, Canada
Montréal's Olympic Park was the site of the 1976 Summer Olympics. With the seashell-shaped Olympic Stadium at its heart, the park is a major recreation destination. Other sites within the park include the covered botanic-zoological Biodome garden, the creative botanical garden, and collections of creepy-crawlies at the Insectarium.
The Montréal Tower
Paris has the Eiffel Tower, New York, the Empire State Building, Toronto, the CN Tower, and Montréal, the highest inclined tower in the world rising 165 meters at a 45-degree angle. Looming over the Olympic Stadium, it figures amongst the uncontested symbols of the city. Built for the 1976 Olympic summer games, the Stadium is the bold design of French architect, Roger Taillibert. This imposing structure, adorned by its Tower, is without a doubt the preferred arena for major sporting events, rock concerts and large public and private gatherings. Take a ride in the funicular to one of three observation decks offering an unobstructed view of Montréal and its surroundings.
Montréal's Biodome is the only one of its kind in the World with over 4500 animals from 250 different species and 500 plant species, all under one roof. The Biodome features four distinct ecosystems recreated in the former 1976 Olympic Games Velodrome. The four eco-systems include the Tropical Forest with its lush vegetation and steamy climate that's perfect for a winter visit while the North and South Pole systems provide a welcome relief and a chance to see penguins and auks in action. Mammals, birds and plant life thrive in mini-habitats so that visitors, especially children, will enjoy all four environments. Closer to home the Laurentian Forest system showcases beavers, otters and lynx.
The neighboring St. Lawrence Marine eco-system with over half a million gallons (2.5 million liters) of salt water contains underwater plant life and is home to a huge bird population. A favorite activity with adults and children alike centers on the penguin feeding times. Day camps for children aged 7 to 14 are particularly popular. Along with the permanent and temporary exhibitions visitors of all ages are welcome to check out the veterinary clinic, animal kitchen and the various laboratories where scientists are always available to answer questions.
Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium
The Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium, located close to the Biodome, offers a completely fresh experience of astronomy. At the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium, take off into a moving space odyssey to the sound of symphonic music. This boldly designed building equipped with cutting-edge technology invites you to discover the finest starry sky of Montréal with the help of an experienced guide. Like an explorer, you can undertake a fascinating virtual journey beyond the stars, thousands of light years away from the Earth.