Montreal: Olympic Park
Address: 4141 avenue de Coubertin, Montreal, QC H1V 3N7.
Opening Hours: Changes depending on the season; generally Monday afternoons from 1pm and Tuesday to Saturday from 9 – 5.
Cost: Free to look around with add-ons like rides and tours costing extra.
The Olympic Park was home to many of the teams from the 1976 Summer Olympic Games. There are heaps of things to do depending on your time, interests and budget. The 30-minute guided tour of the sports centre is offered in French and English, and provides you with a wealth of interesting information and historical facts. In reality, however, I’ve now forgotten everything Philipe told me. The original Olympic Velodrome has been converted into the Montreal Biodome (which shows the sport of cycling had no hope, even before Lance Armstrong admitted to performance enhancement). If you’re into simulated habitats and captivated animals, buy a ticket. It allows visitors to walk through replicas of four ecosystems found in the Americas, from a tropical forest to the Arctic and Antarctic. I’d say the highlight (literally) of the centre is the funicular ride. The cabin whizzes you to the top observation deck in just two minutes, making the cost around $7/min! It is the tallest inclined tower in the world, and offers you an impressive view from the top.