Living the high life at 360° Observatory

Jamie O'Meara

Some things are just better when you’re high. Really high. And there aren’t many places in Montréal where the general public can get higher than the observatory deck at the top of the city’s iconic Place Ville Marie building in the heart of downtown. In addition to stunning vistas of the city, 360° Observatory, as it is now called, also offers a number of interesting activities… 185 metres off the ground.

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Place Ville Marie: tall tales

Place Ville Marie (PVM), the distinctive cruciform office building with the counter-clockwise revolving spotlight on top, is the architectural hub from which the rest of downtown radiates. Located above the centre of Montréal’s Underground City, PVM was, at the time of its construction in 1962, the tallest building in the British Commonwealth and the third tallest skyscraper on the planet outside the U.S. And while it has long-seceded those distinctions, its cultural stature in the city has only grown with the recent addition of an observation deck with a 360° view of major city landmarks like Mount Royal, the Saint Lawrence River, Old Montréal and the Olympic Stadium. There is also gourmet brasserie Les Enfants Terribles, a year-round outdoor terrasse, the Made in Montréal Café & Boutique and a new program of engaging activities open to the general public.

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The highest Downward Dog in town

Nothing says Sunday like brunch, and nothing says relaxation like yoga. So 360° Observatory’s popular yoga brunch is a no-brainer. Starting at 10 am, attendees are invited to participate in a bilingual yoga class on the 46th floor of the building, directly at the Observatory, and then brunch at Les Enfants Terribles. Taking place throughout the summer, the $37 ticket price includes the yoga class, brunch, taxes and tip. Deal.

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Untold stories on high

For a family-friendly, eye-opening perspective on Montréal (apart from the one you’ll already have atop PVM) that features little known history and some unusual anecdotes, look no further than Laurent Turcot’s “Short stories of MTL...” guided tour and brunch on May 19 and June 16. (In French.)

Jamie O’Meara

Jamie O’Meara, blogger

Jamie O’Meara is a writer for The Montreal Gazette, C2 Montréal, Moment Factory and more. He also manages the PR Team at the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival and is the former Editor-in-Chief of alt-weekly newspaper HOUR Magazine.