Urgences-Santé, said the man was riding his bicycle near the intersection of Jeanne-D'Arc Avenue and St-Joseph Boulevard East — across from the Montreal Botanical Garden — when he was struck just before 6 p.m.
"Our paramedics arrived on the scene to find a 32-year-old male unconscious. Apparently he had been riding a bicycle and took a direct hit from a bolt of lightning," said Bob Lamle, Urgences-Santé spokesman.
Lamle told CBC that witnesses reported seeing the man get hit by the lightning bolt on the side of his head.
He went into cardiac arrest but paramedics were able to revive him.
The man was transported to hospital where he remains critical condition.