Site of the 1976 Olympic Games, Olympic Park is now a family-friendly destination packed with sites and activities. The four attractions are the Olympic Stadium (State Olympique), the Montreal Biodome (Biodôme de Montréal), the Botanical Garden (Jardin Botanique), and the Montreal Insectarium (Insectarium de Montreal). Plus, they are all within walking distance of each other.
Olympic Stadium is mainly used for baseball, festivals, fairs, and shows. It’s one of the most visited stadiums in the world. A platform at the top affords panoramic views of Montreal and its surroundings. At the Montreal Biodome, you can an amble through a rainforest, the Arctic Circle, rolling woodlands, or along the raw Atlantic oceanfront - all without ever leaving the building.
Inside the Botanical Gardens you can wander around 10 large, fragrant conservatory greenhouses, each with a theme, from orchids and begonias to ferns and rainforest flora. Stroll through the peaceful Japanese Garden to see its stunning Zen garden or take part in an ancient tea ceremony in its tearoom. Kids will love the Insectarium, which houses some of the world’s most beautiful and deadly insects.
This was a great way to see all of the city, our driver Angelo was great. He stopped several places including Notre Dame, which we had time to tour, other stops for photos and quick breaks wereSt. Joseph's Oratory, Olympic Tower, and the Montreal Overlook which was a great view!! Angelo also was a wealth of knowledge he included the metro station information for other big attractions like the Botanical Gardens and Bio Dome so we were able to revisit the next day with easy. Also recommended the best poutine in town a little hole in the wall name La Banquise which was out of this world wonderful and just a quick metro ride away from our hotel. This tour is well worth the money and great way to get your bearings and see the entire city :)
My sons and I enjoyed the sightseeing tour. We had arranged pick up from our hotel but later learned we were within walking distance of the tour office. Pick up was prompt and the driver was courteous. The 3-hour tour was just enough to hold the interest of a 17- and 23-year-old. The only change I would suggest would be to allow time to actually walk around the Olympic Park rather than just view it from the distance (even though it was a great photo op). The tour was well worth the money.
A very good bus tour that provided us with a good overview of Old and New Montreal. We really enjoyed the visit to the Olympic Stadium and nearby facilities. as with any bus tour of this type, you don't have much time to see anything in depth. However, we recommend it as a good introduction to the city and then you will have a better idea of where you want to spend your additional time in Montreal.
Olympic Park lies about a 20-minute drive east of downtown Montreal on rue Sherbrooke. The park is also accessible via the Metro. In summer, a free shuttle whisks you between attractions. You can easily spend an entire day visiting all four attractions.