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Olympic District and Hochelaga-Maisonneuve
Nature museums, Olympic Park, green alleys, cafés and bistros provide the atypical charm of this Montréal district.
Originally a Francophone working-class neighbourhood, Hochelaga-Maisonneuve never stops reinventing itself and diversifying, without losing its identity. The place maintains its welcoming atmosphere and the present lives side by side with the past, still visible in its revamped warehouses and factories, its imposing churches and its lovely market. Just north of Hochelaga-Maisonneuve is the residential borough of Rosemont, equally quaint and genuine, with an impressive share of urban villages, each with its own winning personality. With its four museums devoted to nature, its green spaces and its must-see Olympic Park, the Olympic District is just waiting to be explored.
Biodôme de Montréal – Montréal Space for Life
4777 Pierre-De Coubertin Avenue Parking: 3000 Viau Street | Viau | 514 868-3000 espacepourlavie.ca/biodome
Home to over 2,500 animals representing 200 different species and some 800 plant species, the Biodôme is the world’s only museum to replicate the complexity of five different ecosystems — Tropical Rainforest, Laurentian Maple Forest, Sub-Polar Regions (Labrador Coast and Sub-Antarctic Islands), and the Gulf of St. Lawrence — under one roof. From revamped scenic design of the habitats to stimulating new experiences, the Biodôme offers now, more than ever, a totally immersive and moving sensorial experience designed to clearly illustrate the connections between nature and mankind.
Planétarium Rio Tinto Alcan – Montréal Space for Life
4801 Pierre-De Coubertin Avenue Parking: 3000 Viau Street | Viau | 514 868-3000 espacepourlavie.ca
Live an unprecedented immersive experience of the Universe through awe-inspiring shows in a LEED Platinum certified building boldly designed with 360° domes on the cutting edge of technology. Transport yourself to the confines of space, then visit exhibitions that tantalize the imagination and help expand our vision of what lies beyond planet Earth.
The Montréal Tower and The Olympic Stadium (Montréal Olympic Park)
4545 Pierre-De Coubertin Avenue Parking: 4141 Pierre-De Coubertin Avenue | Viau 514 252-4141 | parcolympique.ca/en
An international symbol of Montréal, the Olympic Stadium — and its Tower, the world’s tallest inclined tower — was designed by French architect, Roger Taillibert, and built as the main venue for the 1976 Summer Olympics. Its Esplanade, an urban park made up of nine platforms, also offers a breathtaking view of the Stadium and the Tower. Guides are happy to accompany visitors inside this bold and complex architectural masterpiece and to share both the technical details of its construction and anecdotes gleaned over the years and events. The Sports Centre features seven basins for water sports, training areas, and state-of-the-art equipment.
4601 Sherbrooke Street East | Viau | 514 872-0311 ville.montreal.qc.ca/grandsparcs
The parc Maisonneuve is 63 hectares of green space with facilities for many sporting activities, including a lighted skating rink and a nine-hole municipal golf course.
Insectarium de Montréal – Montréal Space for Life
4581 Sherbrooke Street East | Pie-IX | 514 868-3000 espacepourlavie.ca
The new Insectarium: A complete metamorphosis! Peek into the very small world of insects as they move around in total freedom. Wonder and curiosity awaits as you enjoy an immersive experience that will transform your relationship with these tiny creatures.
Jardin botanique de Montréal – Montréal Space for Life
4101 Sherbrooke Street East | Pie-IX | 514 868-3000 espacepourlavie.ca
An oasis in the middle of the city for over 80 years, the Montréal Botanical Garden is recognized as one of the largest and most beautiful in the world. Its rich collection of 22,000 plant species and cultivars, its 10 exhibition greenhouses, the Frédéric Back Tree Pavilion and some 30 thematic gardens make the venue exceptional. Its magnificent cultural gardens invite you to get to know the Chinese, Japanese and First Nations through their botanical traditions. To this, add a full calendar of events, activities and exhibitions to pique your interest, cultivate your admiration and teach you a few things along the way.
Promenade de la Ville-de-Québec du parc Guido-Nincheri
Corner of Sherbrooke Street East and Pie-IX Blvd. Pie-IX
This green space is the site of Jean-Robert Drouillard’s public artwork, Le contour des conifères dans la nuit bleue et les étoiles derrière ma tête sont dans tes yeux, donated by Québec City to celebrate Montréal’s 375th anniversary.
Château Dufresne, museum and historical heritage site
2929 Jeanne-d’Arc Street | Pie-IX | 514 259-9201 chateaudufresne.com
A visit to the Château Dufresne is a voyage into the private world of a middle-class francophone family from the early 20th century, that of the brothers Oscar and Marius Dufresne. The domestic interiors of the two separate houses they lived in reflect the appeal of monumental architecture in the Beaux-Arts style, as well as a taste for opulence and the latest styles. There, too, you will find the secular masterpieces of the Italian-born artist Guido Nincheri along with interior decoration and painted furniture by the Belgian painter Alfred Faniel.
Montréal Olympic Park | Corner of PierreDe Coubertin Av. and Pie-IX Blvd. | Pie-IX parcolympique.qc.ca
A large urban green space with flowers and vegetables at the foot of the Olympic Stadium, Les Jardineries is a sustainable and eco-responsible re-appropriation of post-Olympics infrastructures. In this big landscaped garden, there is a bistro with a large illuminated terrace, a greenhouse, a circular beach, picnic tables and hammocks and a host of games and activities for all. Les Jardineries also welcomes visitors old and young to celebrate the joys of winter. Feel the rush on the mini-slides, enjoy a game of petanque-on-ice, and warm up in the chalet sipping a cup of hot chocolate!
Ontario Street East from Darling to Pie-IX and Sainte-Catherine Street East from Bourbonnière to Viau Pie-IX | hochelaga.ca
Historically a thriving industrial municipality and a largely francophone working-class neighbourhood, Hochelaga-Maisonneuve is where real life happens: people getting on with their day-to-day, going to work, to the market, to school, to the park…it’s a lively urban village with a friendly, small-town feel. From recycled factories to beautiful churches to striking institutional buildings, such as the Maisonneuve Library, the Morgan Bath and the Maisonneuve Market, to name a few, the borough’s architectural landscape tells a tale of transformation and evolution. Hochelaga-Maisonneuve now offers an eclectic mix of small local businesses. There’s always something new to discover, with a wealth of new restaurants, cafés, local artisans, designers and sociallyresponsible boutiques ever-adding to the neighbourhood’s allure. In summer, Ontario and Sainte-Catherine Street East transform into a festive outdoor venue: streets are closed off to traffic, patios are buzzing, sidewalk sales abound and people just come out to experience the Hochelaga-Maisonneuve summertime vibe.
Grand Chelem – Ball center
3930 Sainte-Catherine Street East Pie-IX South | 514 750-2255 grandchelem.ca
With three professional cages, a Made in Québec ball shop and a licensed resto-bar, Grand Chelem is for everyone. Test your swing in the cages, play a game of baseball pinball or even a video game while watching a game up on the big screen. Grand Chelem also offers baseball and softball training for all levels. Get introduced to the game or take your swing to the next level with the help of certified coaches.
4445 Ontario Street East | Pie-IX | 514 937-7754 marchespublics-mtl.com
Housed in a modern building, Maisonneuve Market offers the variety of products found at large markets: flowers, fruits, vegetables, meats, cheese, fish, baked goods and locally-made products. Standing in a lively square, the Beaux-Arts-style building is the former site of the old market, built before World War I.
Horizon Roc Climbing Center
2350 Dickson Street | Assomption | 514 899-5000 horizonroc.com
With more than 300 routes on over 3,000 m2 (31,000 ft2 ) of climbable area, including a new block structure and a 15-metre-high speed wall, Horizon Roc is one of the largest climbing centres in the world. The variety of installations and their unique features are designed to satisfy beginners as much as experts. It is also home to the Acro-Parc, an indoor aerial circuit with a zip line.
Action 500 Karting & Paintball
5592 Hochelaga Street | Assomption | 514 254-4244 action500.com
Experience an incredible adrenaline rush at Action 500, a large indoor entertainment centre featuring electric karting, paintball, laser combat and escape games that will entertain people of all ages, 7 days a week.
Maison nationale des Patriotes, site de la Prison-des-Patriotes
903 De Lorimier Avenue | Papineau | 450 787-3623 mndp.qc.ca
La Prison-des-Patriotes-Au-Pied-du-Courant is an essential part of local history and stands as a reminder of the Patriots who were incarcerated there between 1837 and 1840. A new permanent exhibition entitled “Between armed resistance and insurrection, Chapter 2,” pays tribute to 12 of the prisoners who were hanged for high treason.
Village au Pied-du-Courant
2100 Notre-Dame Street East | Papineau aupiedducourant.ca
This creative and festive area takes the form of a traditional “boardwalk,” built with a promenade lined with pavilions, a space for food trucks, a beer garden, and an artisan market, on Sundays, all this complemented by a beach playing host to numerous activities and entertainment. Beginning of June to mid-September.
Randolph Gaming Pub Rosemont
6505 Écores Street | Beaubien 438 387-4001 | randolph.ca
Offering a great atmosphere, tasty bites and a wide selection of craft beers and drinks, Randolph Gaming Pub is the perfect place to gather, socialize and have some fun. For a minimal cover charge, choose from over 1,500 board games and play to your heart’s content! Knowledgeable Game Masters will help you choose, learn and get playing right away. What’s more, there are multiple copies of most games, and in multiple languages, too (French, English, Spanish, Italian and more). 18 years of age or older.