In any season, there are plenty of lookout spots around Montreal that reveal different panoramic vistas of the city. From the mountain to the river, here are just some of the places where you can enjoy stunning views of Montreal.
Tour de Montreal / Montreal Tower (Olympic Stadium)
Located in Montreal’s Olympic Park in the Hochelaga-Maisonneuve district, the Tour de Montreal stands at 165 meters (541 feet). Leaning at a 45-degree angle, it’s the tallest inclined tower in the world. From the summit of the tower, you can enjoy the view of the entire Greater Montreal area, as well as up to 80 kilometers (50 miles) of the St. Lawrence River valley. You can reach the top via a two-minute ride in a glass-encased funicular that holds up to 50 passengers. The regular adult rate is $23.35CAD.
Les Enfants Terribles is a restaurant situated on the 44th floor of the tallest building in Montreal. Enjoy an evening drink or weekend brunch while taking in one of the best panoramic views of the city. Be sure to make reservations in advance—this is a popular city hangout, and it can get lively at any time of day. There’s also an outdoor lounge area for the warmer weather.
Mont-Royal – Belvedere Kondiaronk & Chalet du Mont-Royal
This locale might be one of the most popular spots to enjoy views of Montreal’s cityscape, spreading toward the St. Lawrence River beyond. Located at the summit of Mont-Royal Park, you can meander up the woodsy trails on foot or by bike that lead to the belvedere and the quaint Chalet, which both overlook the downtown area. During the warmer months, you might discover someone playing the public piano stationed there, adding more magic to the experience.
Old Montreal is the most popular tourist spot in the city, as well as the most historic. This cobblestoned district is the original site of the city’s French colonial origins, and today, boutiques, galleries, and restaurants—all housed in well-preserved buildings that date as far back as the 17th century—line its narrow laneways. You can enjoy views of both the port and the district’s architecture.
Located by the St. Lawrence River, the Montreal Clock Tower was built to commemorate the Canadian sailors who died in the First World War. When open—it is a seasonal attraction—visitors can take the 192-step climb to the top of the 45-meter-tall (148 feet) tower and enjoy the views of the river and the city.
Bota Bota is a unique “floating spa” that is set in a historic river ferry. This Nordic-inspired spa has a beautiful, modern design that offers views of the Montreal cityscape from all directions, which you can take in as you enjoy the heated outdoor pools and saunas with floor-to-ceiling windows.
Hotel Nelligan’s rooftop bar and grill is a great place for a summer date in particular, though the terrace is heated and has a retractable rooftop that keeps it open rain or shine. It offers a unique view of the city—Terrasse Nelligan stands roof-level with the Notre Dame Basilica, for example, which gets you up close and personal with the century-old architecture. On the other side, you have great views of the river port that runs along the St. Lawrence River.