At last, ladies and gentlemen! There’s a shiny, brand new observation deck in Montreal and, clearly, I was first in line to check it out. Us locals had been waiting for this for quite a long time seeing as we were not overwhelmed with options when it came to admiring the unique skyline of our hometown; to say that Montrealers were chuffed by this new attraction would be an understatement.
Located in the second tallest skyscraper in the city, Au Sommet (meaning: at the top) offers unobstructed and, quite frankly, unparalleled views of the city.
Observation Deck in Montreal:
the Three Levels in Photos
46th floor, the 360-degree observation deck
This is the most photogenic part of the activity, for obvious reasons. One look out the window and you can see as far as the beautiful mountains of Montérégie and the quaint streets of Old Montreal, separated by the mighty River St. Lawrence and dotted with the towering high-rises of downtown Montreal. Take a few steps to the other side of the building and eastern Montreal sprawls before you, with the Olympic Stadium as the crown jewel. Looking out to the north is the leafy Mont-Royal Mountain and the St. Joseph Oratory, and nestled in the dense forest, the Kodiaronk Lookout.
God, I love this town ❤️
From east to west:
45th floor, the #MTLGO exhibit
One level down, and already you’ve entered a different world. This floor is dedicated to the #MTLGO exhibit, which aims to provide an insider’s look at Montreal’s long and diverse history through 11 different themes, encompassing everything from street art to history, and, of course, hockey. Some of the themes even have props, like the Foodie portion, where you can browse magazines and cook books inspired by local chefs.
My favourite part? The RFID bracelets, which allow visitors to truly interact with the exhibit by scanning their bracelet on their favourite themes and create a Montreal bucket list of their own.
44th floor, the restaurant and terrace
One of my favourite restaurants in Montreal, Les enfants terribles, recently opened this new branch on the 44th floor, the highest restaurant in Montreal. I can already predict that it’s quickly going to become the #1 spot in Montreal for proposals and romantic dates…
There is also a small terrace on the other side of the building where visitors are encouraged to just sit down and admire the view.
There’s an amazing gift shop next to the ticket office where everything is locally sourced, created by local artisans and designers.
Observation Deck in Montreal – Know Before You Go
- Entry costs $19 per adult, which is one of the least expensive options in the world as far as observation decks are concerned. The Shard, for instance, is well over $50. You can buy advance tickets online.
- The observation deck is right smack in the middle of downtown Montreal and easily accessible on foot or by metro (stations McGill or Bonaventure). The entrance is on Cathcart Street; enter the building, walk through the food court, and take a left to access Au Sommet’s ticket office.
- I would suggest scheduling approximately 90 minutes for your entire visit; the observation deck is one thing but the #MTLGO exhibit is downright fascinating and takes a while to complete. So, yes – excellent value for money.
- There’s also a fun little gift shop near the ticket office filled with dreamy items created by local artisans and designers.
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