Discover Montréal’s East Side

Hochelaga-Maisonneuve's Olympic spirit

Montréal’s historically working-class Hochelaga-Maisonneuve neighborhood – better known as HoMa – is a treasure trove of discoveries for travellers, from the larger-than-life architecture of the Olympic Stadium and the Space for Life to petite bistros and charming cafés.

Olympic. botanical, authentic

Once a predominantly francophone working-class district, Hochelaga-Maisonneuve–or HoMa, as locals call it–never ceases to reinvent itself and diversify, without losing the spirit of simplicity and solidarity that has always been its essence. Here, both past and present share street space with converted warehouses and factories and impressive churches and a quaint public market.

HoMa is also home to the Olympic Park, with the iconic Olympic Stadium and tower, and the four Space for Life museums: the Botanical Garden, the Planetarium, the Insectarium and the Biodôme. The Rosemont – La Petite-Patrie neighbourhood also has an industrial past. It was home to the Canadian Pacific’s Angus Shops, dedicated to the construction of railroad materials. Today, this friendly borough is comprised of a large number of distinctive areas with an active community life. Quaint streets, green alleyways and numerous local cafés and businesses make for a lively, family-friendly neighbourhood.

Make it a day in HoMa

With plenty of things to see and do in the Hochelaga-Maisonneuve and Rosemont – La Petite‑Patrie neighbourhoods, it might be best to plan ahead. When it comes to attractions, here are some of the “greatest hits.”

  1. Relive the magic of the 1976 Olympics at the Olympic Stadium
  2. Frolic in the horticultural wonderland of the Botanical Garden
  3. Sample the farm-fresh flavours at the Maisonneuve Market
  4. Take the kids to see the exotic critters at the Biodome.
  5. Step into the Beaux-Arts luxury of a history home at the Château Dufresne
  6. Wander along Masson, the charming main street of Old Rosemont