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Olympic Park

Montreal's futuristic Olympic Park was built for the 1976 Summer Olympic Games and still serves as a showpiece today. Designed by French architect, Roger Tallibert, it is impressive in both size and shape, able to hold up to 80,000 spectators who now gather here for concerts and baseball games. The landmark tower on the main stadium, standing at 575 feet (175m), is the world's tallest inclined tower. Visitors can enjoy a spectacular view of Montreal and its surroundings from the observation floors, accessible by a funicular-type elevator. Pop over to view the wonderful Botanical Gardens opposite the park, which are the second largest in the world.

Address: 4141 Pierre-De Coubertin Avenue

Website: www.rio.gouv.qc.ca

Telephone: (514) 252 4141

Transport: Olympic stadium: Pie-IX metro station. Sports Centre and Montréal Tower: Viau metro station

Opening times: Daily guided tours of the Olympic Park run half-hourly from 10am (low season tours are less frequent, and start at 11am)

Admission: Guided tours: C$8 (adults), C$4 (children 5-17)