- Montreal has always been one of the coolest cities in North America, but it seems it hit an extremely high point in coolness during the 1970s.
- From winning Stanley Cups to building the Olympic Stadium, the 70s were an action-packed decade for our city.
- Find photos from Montreal in the 1970s below!
Throughout the years, Montreal has always been classified as a cultural and social hub in North America. It's hard to pinpoint which decade our city strived in the most. But, I can definitely say that throughout the 1970s a lot of work was going into our city and many celebrations were held.
During the 70s, the construction of the Olympic village began, the Montreal Canadiens won six Stanley Cups, and our city also won a Grey Cup. The festivities added to the lively aura that pulsated through the city during this decade.
As a born-and-raised Montreal local, I have a lot of pride when it comes to our little island. And, looking through these photos reminds me not only of the uniqueness of our surroundings but also how far our city has come — on so many levels. Although our city has some kinks, there is no place in the world I would rather call home.
These photos not only give you a glimpse into what life was like in Montreal during the 1970s, but it will also show you the strides we've taken to get to where we are today!
La Ronde, 1970
La Ronde was built in 1967 as an entertainment complex for Expo 67. Throughout the years, it has grown and evolved into a pretty badass amusement park.
The second photo was also taken at La Ronde in the 1970s, but this time we can see a bit of the decade's fashion seep through in the photo.
This woman rocking the ultimate '70s look with her bellbottom jeans and fun stripes. Not to mention, the retro toy and carnival game is really giving me the urge to find a time machine and travel back to Montreal during the '70s.
Now, La Ronde is owned by the American company Six Flags and remains one of Montreal's hot spots throughout the warm summer months.
Grey Cup Parade, 1970
In 1970s, the Montreal Alouettes took home the Grey Cup after beating the Calgary Stampeders in the finals.
This photograph was taken at the parade held in Downtown Montreal as a celebration for our home team. And, as you can see, the streets were flooded with fans!
Montreal Expos At Jerry Park, 1970
Taken in the early '70s at Jarry Park Stadium, this photo shows a Montreal Expos game in full force.
The Expos were the first major baseball team outside of the U.S., and I know that many locals miss going to their games, which ended in 2004 when the team was sold to the Washington Nationals.
Snow Removal On Papineau, 1971
One thing that has not changed in our city is the brutal winters. As we all know, and hate, we live in a city that goes through extremely cold and harsh snowfalls every year.
As you can see in this picture from 1971, the machines have definitely changed, but the constant need for snow removal is still going strong.
Jean Béliveau During The Stanley Cup Parade, 1971
One thing every Montreal local can agree on is that the Habs are due for a Stanley Cup. This photo was taken during the Stanley Cup Parade in 1971 and, the man in the photo is Jean Béliveau, one of the best players of all time.
I can only imagine the electricity that ran through the city's air every time the Habs brought home a Cup, and I hope we get to experience it again soon!
Montreal Forum, 1971
Before the Molson Centre turned into the Bell Centre, Montreal locals would watch the Habs play at the Forum. Now, the building is used to house a movie theatre, restaurants, and even a bowling alley.
They still kept a little bit of Habs history, including some chairs and centre ice!
Places Jacques Cartier, 1971
This square is located in Old Montreal and is known as the main entry point to the area. This is one of the most popular and loved locations in Montreal and it has only gotten more beautiful throughout the years.
As you can see from the photo, this location has changed drastically throughout the years. This picture was taken during the holidays, and as you can see, the decorations added to the charm of Old Montreal — as they still do during the holiday season today.
Ski And Calèches Rides On Mount Royal, 1972
This is by far one of the coolest photos from the '70s in Montreal. Not only does this picture display locals skiing down Mount Royal, but there was also caleche rides through the park - something that isn't a thing anymore.
Although I don't wish for more calèche-drawn horses in our city; it would be cool if people still used Mount Royal as a ski hill!
Aerial View Of Montreal, 1973
As you can see from both photos, Montreal has evolved tremendously.
Here's a fun fact: if you ever wondered why Montreal has fewer tall buildings than other cities, that is because no building in the city can be higher than the cross on top of Mount Royal.
Planning Of The Olympic Games, 1973
This picture, which was taken by Raymond Gagnon in 1974, shows the planning portion of the Montreal Olympics that took place two years later.
This is an iconic picture because it not only shows what the city was like before the games took place here but also, it displays how much the surrounding areas have evolved as well.
Construction Of The Olympic Stadium, 1974
In 1974, the iconic Olympic stadium was still in the process of being made. The stadium was built for the Olympics in 1976.
Nowadays, it's used as a multi-purpose stadium located at Park Olympic in the Hochelaga-Maisonneuve district of our city. Throughout the months of summer, the area hosts a slew of events including concerts and food-truck soirées.
Montreal has evolved tremendously since the 1970s. Looking at these photographs, I can't help but imagine what life was like when the Olympic games took place in our city or the excitement that surrounded a Habs Stanley Cup win. Moments like these that took place in the '70s help define what our city is today and will forever be engrained in our history and landscape.