Hochelaga-Maisonneuve is no stranger to rejuvenation. For the past 10 years or so, the district has been infused with an energy reminiscent of its halcyon days of the 1976 Summer Olympics. Old factories have been renovated, commercial streets have been buffed up and its cultural offer is growing; all in all, everything is booming. Of course, there are still the “musts”—like the Olympic Stadium and its inclined tower (the highest in the world), the Botanical Garden, the Insectarium, the Biodôme and Maisonneuve Park—but make sure to set aside time to enjoy HoMa’s simplicity and richness.
Just a hop, skip and a jump from downtown, our Hochelaga-Maisonneuve district is the place to do just that. With incredible wide-open green spaces such as Parc de Maisonneuve plus many exciting Montréal attractions that appeal to all ages, this industrial-cum-residential district is a natural escape or a great adventure for Montrealers and visitors alike.
How about zoology? Tour the Biodôme’s four ecosystems—Tropical and Laurentian Forests, St. Lawrence Marine and Arctic/Antarctica—to witness the respective flora and fauna in their natural habitats. While the penguins are a hit with the kiddies at any time of year, the Tropical zone is an especially welcome escape for parents in the winter!
What about entomology? The Insectarium specializes in all things ‘creepy-crawly’, demystifying the often-misunderstood insect world. Fascinating hands-on activities bring you up close and personal with all sorts of hairy little creatures.
If botany is your thing, Montréal’s world-class Botanical Garden is a must-see.Its 30 theme gardens, including the Chinese, Japanese, and First Nations Gardens, and ten exhibition greenhouses are home to plant species from all over the world. It is a fantastic place to enjoy nature while little ones burn off energy counting flowers or chasing butterflies.
For a little bit of history, tour the Olympic Park and take a ride up the Stadium’s funicular—the world’s tallest inclined tower—for a breathtaking view of the city. Or simply stroll down Ontario Street to admire the beaux-arts style buildings and mingle with this area’s colourful locals.