© Au Sommet Place Ville Marie
A new observatory opens in Montreal
Montreal’s newest attraction is 185 metres above ground on the 46th floor of Place Ville Marie, a building that was designed, in 1962, by I.M. Pei, the creator of the Louvre Pyramid, in collaboration with Henry N. Cobb. Au Sommet Place Ville Marie opened in June and features an observation deck with all-around views that take in the Saint Lawrence River, Jacques-Cartier Bridge, Mount Royal, Old Montreal and the Olympic Stadium. It features high-resolution digital telescopes that promoters have likened to those atop the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. There’s a multimedia exhibit on the 45th floor that explores popular city themes — hockey, performing arts, gastronomy, neighbourhoods — through 55 videos and 500 photos. The brasserie on the 44th floor has a four-season terrasse with tall bay windows and an urban garden. Adults $19; youth 13 to 17 $15; kids 6 to 12 $13. ausommetpvm.com.
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