December 20, 2010 – Once a predominantly francophone working-class district, Hochelaga-Maisonneuve—or HoMa, as people now call it—never ceases to reinvent itself and diversify, without losing the spirit of simplicity and solidarity that has always been its essence. As a burgeoning new district, HoMa has been steadily building a name for itself as one of the most unique places in Montréal to visit.
What’s the attraction? For one, it’s an urban neighbourhood that’s teeming with vitality and thoroughly void of pretension. HoMa is friendly and accessible, and has every intention of staying true to its character. Here, both modern and old share street space with a charm that’s utterly refreshing. A simple stroll from the Maisonneuve Market to Promenades Ontario to Sainte-Catherine Street East reveals anything from chic bistros to popular snack bars, and from trendy boutiques to time-honoured businesses.
HoMa’s also a magnet because it’s home to some of Montréal’s great cultural and sports institutions, including the Maison de la culture Maisonneuve, the Château Dufresne Museum and the Théâtre Denise-Pelletier. The Olympic Stadium, the Biodôme, the Botanical Garden, the Insectarium, the Saputo Stadium (where the Montréal Impact soccer team plays) as well as the future Planetarium are just some of the many establishments which, together, will be at the heart of the Life District, a project that will make this area the world’s first public space dedicated to human life and nature.
What’s more, HoMa also offers lush green space, including the vast Maisonneuve Park, where visitors can kick back and relax, stroll, picnic, cycle, skate, cross-country ski or snowshoe according to the season. The magnificent music bandstand tucked away in Parc Morgan is another treasure newcomers won’t want to miss. This east end Montréal neighbourhood is chock full of history and charm and definitely worth discovering.