A Virtual Tour of Montreal and Quebec. Immersive panoramic photography, 360 degree panoramas
Une visite virtuelle à Montréal et Québec, Photographie panoramique et immersive

Hurricane Mountain Fire Tower in the Adirondacks

The view of the Adirondacks (US) from the Hurricane Mountain fire tower. The tower has been closed to visitors for some time now so the only way to enjoy the panoramic view from the lookout is here.

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Le Dîner en blanc, Montréal

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Le Dîner en blanc s’est passé au Square Victoria, en plein centre-ville de Montréal.

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The Dîner en blanc happened at the Square Victoria, in the heart of downtown Montreal.

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The astronomical observatory on the Mount Megantic – 360 degree interactive panorama

Not Montreal I know, but this is a only a few hours drive from here and a nice place to go hiking with snowshoes. There are some good trails up to the observatory or if you just can’t overcome lazyness, take the shuttle at the park’s entrance then go all the way down by walking.

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Redpath Museum at McGill University – interactive panorama

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This Albertosaurus libratus – from the same family as the T-Rex – can be seen in the Dawson gallery of the Redpath museum of the McGill University, one of Canada’s oldest free-standing museums.

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Fireworks for the New Year’s Eve at the Old Port

Fireworks at the quai and a show at the Jacques Cartier square made the party for thousands of people that gathered at Montreal’s Historic Center for the New Year’s Eve. The sound was recorded at the site with a H2 Zoom recorder using a Redhead windscreen.

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Montreal360′s panoramics on Ultra Wide Views exhibition at Université de Montréal

Two panoramas (tulips festival and McGill campus at night) from Montreal photographer Eduardo Hutter were on display on  the Ultra Wide Views (UWiVi) at the École Polytechnique de Montréal, during the LGM 2009. The above panoramic photo was taken by Yuval Levy.

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Bush in Montreal: demonstration in front of Queen Elizabeth Hotel

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Thursday Oct. 22, former U.S. president George W. Bush faced a demonstration against his presence in Canada for an event organized by the city’s chamber of commerce at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel. Ironically, this is the same place where 40 years ago, John Lennon and Yoko Ono held their famous one week bed-in and recorded the anti-war anthem “Give peace a chance”. Inside, nearly a thousand people paid $400 each to hear Bush speak while on the outside a riot squad in full gear and several horseback police officers held back a crowd of shoe-tossing protesters who were accusing G.W. Bush of war crimes and torture.

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Habitat 67

Habitat 67 is a housing complex located on the Saint Lawrence river, in front of the Old Port of Montreal. The design was created by the architect Moshe Safdie for his master’s thesis at McGill University. “The building was realized as the main pavilion and thematic emblem for the International World Exposition and its theme, Man and His World, held in Montreal in 1967. Born of the socialist ideals of the 1960s, Safdie’s thesis housing project explored new solutions to urban design challenges and high-density living.” (CAC, McGill University).
On the picture brazilian architect and urbanist Henri Lesbaupin contemplates the building.

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Roundtop at Mount Sutton – panoramic photo

It’s spring and there is very little snow now but a total of 6.6 meters (+21 ft) over the summit were reported by the end of this season! The Round Top is the highest point on Mount Sutton range and is the home for one of the biggest ski resorts near Montreal, about an hour drive from here.

The US is right on the other side of the valley and on a clear day we can see the highest points of tree states: Jay Peak in Vermont, Mt. Marcy in New York and Mt. Washington in New Hampshire.

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Solstice of the Nations at the Parc du Mont Royal

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The drum salutes the sun at the summer solstice on Canada’s National Aboriginal Day. The ceremony, first celebrated in 1996, is held all across Canada. In 2007 First Nations leaders and dignitaries from different levels of the Canadian government gathered to celebrate the Solstice of the Nations. Innus from the Uashat-Maliotenam community, lit a fire that was passed to the organizers of the Fête Nationale du Québec to bring together and create stronger bonds of friendship, between the peoples of Québec.

Panoramic photography shot in June 2007 for the World Wide Panorama project, behind the Kondiaronk Belvedere on Mount Royal.

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Paddling on the Ottawa River – panoramic photo


Considered by many as one of the best places for kayaking, the Ottawa River have been hosting different international competitions, e.g., the 2007 World Kayak Championship.

None of this took place here on Bate Island at Canada’s capital, but down the river on its way to Quebec, near the Pontiac region. Yet, this is a great place for learning and training!

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The Polar Bear Plunge, for the Special Olympics Quebec – panoramic 3D photo

Are you ready to put on your bathing suit and take a plunge into a freezing cold water? Well, Montrealers are not afraid of the cold and that’s what these guys did on a -10º C Saturday at the Jean-Drapeau park! The Polar Bear Plunge is a fund-raising activity organized by the Law Enforcement Torch Run officers for the benefit of the Special Olympics Quebec .

The Special Olympics movement is active in over 165 countries with more than 2.25 millions special athletes of all ages registered worldwide. Its mission is to enrich the lives of individuals with an intellectual disability through sport.

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Montreal360.ca is now on Google Earth!

Now you can find the panoramic photography and virtual tours from Montreal360.ca on Google Earth (GE) too!

Eduardo Hutter, Montreal based panoramic photographer behind Montreal360.ca, is now content provider and authorized reseller for 360Cities.net which is (THE) Google’s partner for delivering 360 immersive and interactive imagery for its mainstream application Google Earth (nothing to do with the low resolution street view from Google Maps) and now you can place your business, home, estate, institution, etc. on GE (some restrictions may apply) and make it available to the world with cutting edge technology that will amaze your clients and give you the lead ahead! If you would like to promote your business, venues and services like, e.g., a restaurant, a hotel, a theater or cultural institution, touristic places – for public administrations, this is the best way to show-off your city’s attractions! – and even trade shows exhibits, don’t hesitate to get in touch

How to see it:

The preview layer for 360Cities is activated by default when you install GE but to see its full content, nearly ten thousand panoramas and growing daily, you have to activate the 360Cities full-view layer located under Gallery (see picture below).

To see all 360Cities content on GE you just have to activate the 360Cities layer under Gallery.

To ‘fly’ into an interactive panorama, you click on the 360Cities icon to have a flat preview, then click on the preview to open the spherical panoramic photography.
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Cathedral-basilica Mary, Queen of the World

When visiting Montreal in 1881, Mark Twain said “This is the first time I was ever in a city where you couldn’t throw a brick without breaking a church window.” This is certainly true still today and one of the finest examples of the city religious heritage is the Cathedral-basilica Mary, Queen of the World, located downtown.

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Saint Joseph Oratory, transept

Completed in 1967, Saint Joseph’s Oratory is a Roman Catholic basilica on the nothern slopes of Mount Royal and a landmark of Canada. The dome is the second-largest in the world after Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome and the church is the largest in Canada, receiving each year more than 2 million visitors. The elevator hall can be seen on another interactive panoramic photography.

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Lamborghini at the Montreal International Auto Show – virtual tour panorama

Click on the picture to open a 360 panoramic virtual tour.

Although it doesn’t have the same glamour as the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Montreal International Auto Show brought last year more than 200 thousand people to the Palais des Congrès, downtown Montreal. In its 41th edition this year, the trade fair is a major display for the industry in Canada and Canadian dealers are expecting good business, despite the crisis that is making consumers’ wallets less heavier.

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Saint Joseph Oratory, the elevator hall

Completed in 1967, it was only in march 2007 that the Saint Joseph’s Oratory gained its first elevator. The Oratory is a Roman Catholic basilica on the nothern slopes of Mount Royal and a landmark of Canada. The dome is the largest in the world after Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome.

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Cap Saint-Jacques Nature Park, Maison de la Pointe

At the park Cap Saint-Jacques many beautiful places can be found, each one with its own charm like this one, in front of de la Pointe house where we can just seat and contemplate the sunset over Deux-Montagnes frozen Lake.

Featuring 26 kilometers of hiking trails and over 30 kilometers of trails for cross country skiing, the park also offers a variety of options for the visitors, like an organic farm, which raises animals and grows organic produce, environmental science activities and an authentic sugar shack, or cabane à sucre in French, where we can watch the production of maple syrup and savour a delicious tire d’érable, which is a sort of lollipop made from boiling maple syrup poured into fresh snow and then wrapped around a stick or a spoon!

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Canadian Tulip Festival in Ottawa

The Canadian Tulip Festival claims to be the world’s largest tulip festival, with attendance of over 500,000 visitors annually. This major cultural event is held annually in Ottawa and Gatineau, Canada, generally on three weekends in May, concluding with the Victoria Day long weekend.

Although tulips are displayed throughout the city, the most extensive tulip beds are to found in Commissioners Park on the shores of Dow’s Lake, on the Rideau Canal with 300,000 tulips planted there alone.

In 1945, the Dutch royal family sent 100,000 tulip bulbs to Ottawa in gratitude for Canadians having sheltered Princess Juliana and her daughters for the preceding three years during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands, in the Second World War. (Source: Wikipedia)

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Olympic Stadium: host of the Grey Cup 2008 and FIFA U-20 2007

Home of the Grey Cup 2008 in Montreal, the stadium was Built for the 1976 Olympic Games and is one of the city’s landmarks that with the Mont Royal and the (mental) map of the streets, it’s used as a reference point to know where one is and where to head to. In 2007 the stadium hosted the FIFA Soccer World Cup U-20 games with more than 200 thousand people attendance.

Designed by French architect Roger Taillibert based on forms of plants and animals, the stadium is cited as a masterpiece of Organic Modern Architecture. Its inclined tower is the tallest in the world and features a funicular leading to the observation deck, giving the visitant a remarkable aerial view from the city.

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Mont-Tremblant’s summit: 360 degree panoramic view of the park from the belvedere

At the Parc du Mont-Tremblant, the belvedere located on the top of the mountain gives us an impressive 360 degree panoramic view of the whole region and the big storm advancing over the Tremblant Lake.

Later that saturday (02/aug.) the storm killed a mother and her 9-years-old son in Témiscouata region, eastern Quebec. Their car plunged into a lake and was swept away when a section of the road was washed-out by flash floods.

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The mountain with a capital M – World Wide Panorama

World Wide Panorama, a project from the University of California Berkeley

Every three months the World Wide Panorama (WWP) gathers photographers from all around the world to picture their environment under one same subject, which this time was Elevation. On the previous one I shot the basement of Museum of Archaeology and History Pointe à Callière.

This time I decided to participate on the last moments. Time was running out, deadline was rushing in and I haven’t given much thought about it so I run to the only geological landmark that is over 1ft above ground around here: the Mountain (“la Montagne“) as we all call it or, the Mont Royal.

You can also see the Kondiaronk belvedere and the Chalet du Mont Royal in this 360 degree panorama or in this HD panoramic photo where you can zoom deep in to check the details.

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Festival International de Jazz de Montreal – Orkestre des Pas Perdus

The brass band Orkestre des Pas Perdus performs to the public at Montreal Jazz Festival’s main stage. Less than one hour ago, and not far from this spot, the Swing Tonique Jazz Band led a dixieland parade across the streets.

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Festival International de Jazz de Montreal – Louisiana Parade I

During the summer Montreal is thriving with festivals: Just for Laughs, Nuits d’Afrique, Fringe and Francofolies just to cite a few but Montreal Jazz Festival is probably the most famous of all, know as the biggest jazz festival in the world. In the afternoons, the Swing Tonique Jazz Band and Swing Connexion led the Louisiana Parade across the streets, pictured here in a 360 degrees panorama, paying a tribute to the Dixieland.

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Montreal Jazz Festival – Louisiana Parade II

Another 360 panoramic photo from the Louisiana Parade on the Montreal Jazz Festival

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McGill University Campus main entrance

The entrance for McGill University main campus on Sherbrooke st., not far from The Secret Bench pictured on another 360° panorama.

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High Definition view of Montreal Downtown from the Mont-Royal

Shot on the same day as the 360° panoramic view of Montreal downtown, this is a 240 megapixels photo. Click on it to view an extremely detailed view from Montreal. Use the buttons to zoom in to explore every detail from its buildings and landscape: mounts St-Hilaire and St-Bruno can be seen on the background; search for Jacques-Cartier and Champlain bridges; look for Radio-Canada (CBC), Hydro-Québec and McGill University beautifull campus among several others.

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Musée PAC Pointe-à-Callière Museum of archaeology and history – Where Montreal was born – World Wide Panorama

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This is my most recent submission to the World Wide Panorama, shot at the undergrounds of the Musée PAC. “Laid out in 1643 by French colonists as part of Fort Ville-Marie, the first catholic cemetery of Montréal can be seen by visitors at the Museum of Archaeology and History Pointe-à-Callière. Part of an extensive complex of ancient structures, digging sites and layers over layers of history of the Nouvelle-France, all forming the archaeological crypt of the museum, the cemetery is the oldest man-made structure directly associated with the founding of the city.”

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The “Chalet du Parc Mont Royal” & Kondiaronk Belvedere

Winter is ending, the sun is warm now and lots of people come to the park of Mont Royal to enjoy a sunny day.

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Downtown Montreal, view from the Kondiaronk Belvedere

View of downtown Montreal from the Kondiaronk Belvedere, right in front of the Chalet du Mont Royal. To the left, part of the Plateau and Montreal Ouest to the right with the St-Laurent river and Mont St-Hilaire on the back. See downtown in High Definition (HD).

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