March 4, 2016 — With its great green spaces such as Parc Maisonneuve and its multitude of attractions surrounding the Olympic Park - host of the 1976 Oympics -, the Hochelaga-Maisonneuve district, affectionately called “HoMa” by Montréalers, is ripe for discovery. Enjoy a little escapade with the family in Montréal’s East End!
If you are an animal lover, then you’ll love the Biodôme (closed from September 6, 2016 until January 2018). Featuring five of the most beautiful eco-systems in the Americas – the Tropical and Laurentian forests, St. Lawrence Maritime and the Arctic-Antarctic climates – the Biodôme is home to an amazing variety of plant and animal species. Tour through these magnificently reconstructed natural habitats as birds and animals race about, slide with the otters, catch a glimpse of the bobcat, admire the bats as they zoom wildly around their cave, and laugh at the penguins as they waddle and dive.
At the Planétarium, live an unprecedented immersive experience of the Universe through two complementary 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 the digital and interactive exhibition, Exo, on the traces of life in the Universe. Explore new perspectives at Space for Life.
On the same site, you can also visit the Montréal Insectarium and the Botanical Garden, who, thanks to its extensive collection of over 22 000 different plant species and cultivars, its ten greenhouses and over thirty thematic gardens, ranks as one of the world's largest and most spectacular botanical gardens.
It takes at least a full day to take advantage of all the exhibitions, activities, workshops and presentations that are available throughout these three museums, so why not stay a while and grab a bite at one of the many on-site restaurants?
The Marché Maisonneuve is where to go if you are interested in checking out local products, produce or even to pick up a sandwich for a picnic with the kids later in the day.
In any season – but preferably on a clear day – the Montréal Tower offers you a breath-taking panorama of the city and surrounding area. From a height of some 165 meters, enjoy the view from the highest inclined tower in the world.
If the weather is fine, then you have a perfect picnic opportunity in Parc Maisonneuve. Exploring this beautiful and expansive park is a pleasurable way to end a happy afternoon.