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17 sensational observation towers that aren't in Paris

By: Matt Hickman on Aug. 5, 2016, 10:39 a.m.
Montreal Tower

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Montreal Tower

Remember how we said that Canada has a thing for observation towers?

Here's another one, une tour de Québécois, to accompany Toronto's mega-tall CN Tower. Call it a feat of modern engineering or call it bad posture, there's no denying the rubberneck-inducing landmark status of Montreal Tower, which, at 541-feet-tall is the tallest inclined tower in the world. Built onto the north side of Parc Olympique's main stadium, the Montreal Tower tilts at an incredible 45 degrees – from a distance, the tower appears to be experiencing catastrophic structural failure, falling into the stadium below it. By comparison, the world's most famous (and unintentional) leaning tower, Italy's Tower of Pisa, currently leans at a little under 4 degrees.

Obviously, ordinary elevators are incapable of whisking visitors from the base of the Roger Taillibert-designed Montreal Tower to its three observation floors located up top – this is where a unique funicular rail system located on the exterior of the building comes into play. And while the $22.50 (about $18 U.S. dollars) admission charge for non-residents may seem as steep as the nearly 40-year-old structure itself, consider that you're getting the most bang for your buck: a thrilling funicular ride and unparalleled panoramic views from atop one of Montreal's most distinctive architectural works.