Montreal Observatory Au Sommet Place Ville-Marie

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    Get a Bird's Eye View of the City Atop Place Ville-Marie

    Montreal observatory Au Sommet PVM proposes a 360-degree observation deck, an interactive exhibition and the highest restaurant and terraces in Montreal.
    ••• See that beacon of light? Just below it is where Montreal observatory Au Sommet PVM is located. naibank / Getty Images

    Au Sommet PVM: A New Way of Seeing Montreal

    Place Ville-Marie, a shopping mall and office building connected to Montreal's underground city in operation since 1962, is perhaps best known for its ubiquitous night light, a rotating beacon sweeping its bright telltale ray over Montreal's downtown core like a lighthouse without a cause.

    But since June 2016, a brand new observatory and the highest restaurant and terrace in Montreal are housed on its top floors.

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    Montreal Observation Deck Au Sommet PVM

    Montreal observatory Au Sommet PVM gives a 360-degree view of the city.
    ••• Above: just one of several vantage points available on the 46th floor of Place Ville-Marie. Photo courtesy of Au Sommet PVM

    Located on the 46th floor of Place Ville-Marie 185 metres (607 feet) above street level is Montreal observation deck Au Sommet PVM, offering an impressive 360-degree view of the cityscape, from Jacques-Cartier Bridge to St. Joseph's Oratory to Mount Royal and the Olympic Stadium.

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    Visitors also have a chance to catch a privileged view of Montreal's various fireworks displays throughout the year, especially during the Montreal International Fireworks Competition.

    Opening its observatory doors to the public as of June 23, 2016, visitors can take in Montreal from all directions as well as enjoy an interactive exhibition linked to visible landmarks and locations.

    The exhibit is on Place Ville-Marie's 45th floor, one floor down from the observatory. It features video portraits of various Montrealers as well as themes specific to the city, from hockey to food. 

    Au Sommet PVM is a joint project by Claridge, Ivanhoé Cambridge, Sid Lee/ Cirque...MORE du Soleil and gsmprjct°, the group behind the creation of Burj Khalifa's At the Top, an outdoor observation deck 452 m (1,483 ft) from street level, on the Dubai skyscraper's 124th floor.

     

    Montreal Observation Deck Admission Fees

    Regular admission is $19, seniors pay $18, teens and students pay $15, ages 6 to 12 pay $13, ages 6 and under free (maximum 2 children per adult), family rate $54 (2 adults, 2 children or 1 adult, 3 children). Gift certificates and annual memberships available. Admission rates subject to change without notice.

     

    Au Sommet PVM Opening Hours: Summer (Late June Through Labour Day)

    Monday to Thursday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
    Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

     

    Au Sommet PVM Opening Hours: Fall/Winter/Spring (After Labour Day Through Late June)

    Monday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

     

    Au Sommet PVM Address, Contact Info and Getting There

    Located in the heart of downtown Montreal, Au Sommet PVM is located inside Place Ville-Marie, a high-rise composed of a ground floor shopping mall easily accessible by Montreal public transit. Either get off at Bonaventure Metro or McGill Metro.

    3 Place Ville Marie (Cathcart Entrance)
    Montréal (Québec) H3B 2B6
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    Tel: (514) 544-8200

    Note that fees and operating hours are subject to change without notice.

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    The Highest Restaurant in Montreal: Les Enfants Terribles

    Montreal observatory Au Sommet PVM proposes the highest restaurant in Montreal: Les Enfants Terribles.
    ••• Photo courtesy of Les Enfants Terribles

    Montreal restaurant chain Les Enfants Terribles can, as of June 23, 2016, lay claim to running the highest restaurant and four-season terraces in Montreal.

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    Located on the 44th floor of Place Ville-Marie, Le Enfants Terribles serves charcuterie platters (i.s., cured meats), tartares and oysters as well as brunch, steak, salads, assorted French bistro and brasserie fare and comfort foods like burgers, ribs and macaroni and cheese, all the while proposing an extensive wine and drinks menu. Prices are mid-range to upscale depending on the dish.

    Note that access to Les Enfants Terribles does not require paying Au Sommet PVM admission fees.

     

    Les Enfants Terribles Au Sommet PVM Address, Contact Info and Getting There

    Au Sommet PVM is located inside Place Ville-Marie, which is easily accessible by Montreal public transit. Either get off at Bonaventure Metro or McGill Metro.

    1 Place Ville Marie...MORE (Robert-Bourassa Boulevard Entrance)
    Montréal Québec H3B 4S6
    Phone: (514) 544-8884

    Note that opening hours are subject to change without notice.

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    Place Ville Marie's Beacon

    Montreal observatory Au Sommet PVM is located just below Place Ville-Marie's famous light beacon.
    ••• Above: an extremely rare glimpse of Place Ville-Marie's infamous beacon. Roderick Chen / Getty Images

    Anyone who's lived in Montreal for any period of time is intimately familiar with Place Ville-Marie's iconic rotating beacon. You can't miss it.

    Located atop Place Ville-Marie, said beacon is composed of four German-made 2,500 watt bulbs with mirrors positioned in front of them in order to project emitted light as far out as 150 kilometres (93 miles).

    Visitors are generally forbidden access for safety reasons.