Take in sweeping city views from the Montreal Tower Observatory—the world’s tallest inclined tower at 575 feet (175 m) high—then choose to explore 1, 2, or 3 of the museums at the Space for Life complex, which includes a biodome, a botanical garden and insectarium, and a planetarium.
Montreal Tower Observatory
Reach the Observatory in Montreal’s Tower via funicular. This imposing structure from the 1976 Games is an iconic symbol of Montreal and offers unobstructed views of the city and beyond.
Immerse yourself in the fascinating ecosystems of the Americas in Montreal’s Biodome. In the Tropical Forest, watch for piranhas, caimans, and exotic birds. Keep your eyes peeled for otters, porcupine, and lynx in the Laurentian Forest, then marvel at the 600 fish swimming in the St. Lawrence Marine Ecosystem. Finally, travel to the Polar World for a look at penguins and more.
The Botanical Garden and Insectarium
Montreal’s 1931 Botanical Gardens are made up of 30 themed gardens and 10 greenhouses, and house over 22,000 plant species as well as an insectarium. Here, get a close-up look at beetles, spiders, butterflies, and all kinds of creepy crawlies from around the world.
The Rio Tinco Alcan Planetarium
Immerse yourself in the astronomical wonders of the universe at the Planetarium. Admire the striking modern architecture of the cutting-edge facility as well the art and poetry on display that emphasizes the connection between mankind and outer space.