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Family adventure in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve

  • When: All seasons
  • What: Family
  • Where: Hochelaga-Maisonneuve
HoMa for short, Hochelaga-Maisonneuve is a neighbourhood that has adventure at its core. Site of the Games of the XXI Olympiad, the sprawling Space for Life complex, the beautiful Parc Maisonneuve and the Saputo Stadium, featuring soccer matches, HoMa is a wonderful place for families to enjoy sports, nature, culture… and the unexpected.



Olympic Stadium and Montréal Tower

Visit this Montréal landmark, erected in 1976 to host the world-watched Games of the XXI Olympiad. This monumental work by architect Roger Taillibert never fails to impress with its unique design, especially from within: take the kids on board the funicular-type elevator in the stadium’s inclined tower – the tallest in the world –for an unbeatable view of the city! Pack your bathing suits though; the aquatic centre in the stadium’s sports complex is second-to-none.

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The Olympic Park’s Esplanade

Take advantage of the activities offered at the Olympic Park’ Esplanade Sun Life Financial, where rain or shine, there’s always something exciting going on. Whether it’s a winter village complete with immense Christmas tree and skating rink, a summertime adventure course featuring zip-lining and jungle gym, a skateboard and BMX competition or a monthly food truck gathering from May to October, there’s never a dull moment on this sprawling plaza.

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Saputo Stadium

Are you a soccer family? The Montréal Impact soccer team hosts its opponents and nearly 30,000 of its fans from its home base in this stadium at the eastern end of the Olympic Park’s Esplanade. Built in 2008 as a much awaited home for the team, which joined the ranks of Major League Soccer in 2012, Saputo Stadium boasts a heated natural grass course that’s beloved by players. The club also puts on kids’ soccer school sessions year-round.

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Shed your cocoon and head to this bug haven, part of the Space for Life complex and the largest museum devoted to insects in North America. See the fascinating work of leafcutter ants in action, listen to the unique sounds of the cicada and try to make out the camouflaged stick insects from among the plants in their vivarium. And did we mention you can eat insects if you dare?

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Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium

Another Space for Life mainstay, the impressive planetarium is recognizable by its two telescope-shaped theatres. Much more than educational light shows, its unparalleled and ever-changing cutting-edge interactive experiences will propel your budding astronauts right into the cosmos. Talk about a five-star attraction!

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Botanical Garden

The gardens at the Space for Life have something for every season. What says spring better than butterflies and maple syrup? Summer is an excellent time to visit the First Nations Garden. Fall in love with the gorgeous glowing lanterns on a warm autumn evening during the Gardens of Light. And in winter, see the Main Exhibition Greenhouse bedecked in colourful Christmas lights and decorations.

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Parc Maisonneuve

This sprawling 63-hectare green space is perfect for promenades and bike rides, and, in winter, for cross-country skiing or skating. In contrast to the adjoining Botanical Garden and the concrete structures of the Olympic complex, the park is landscaped simply and features beautiful vast plains shaded by age-old trees, ideal for picnics and for the kids to run amok.

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Downtown with the family

With its full range of outdoor and indoor activities, many of which are walking distance to one another, Montréal is a great city for kids. Downtown, you’ll find enough action to keep them busy for hours. And when those little…

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Outdoor fun for the family at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Welcome to Montréal’s oasis: two huge recreational islands (Île Sainte-Hélène and Île Notre-Dame) just a handful of subway stops from central Montréal, offering the perfect green getaway from the bustling city for tourists and locals alike. From musical festivals to an…

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Old Montréal: Everything for the family

Filled with history, charm and unique architecture, Old Montréal is an absolute must for strolls and exploration with the family. Walk its cobblestone streets, and you’ll discover everything from cool spots for a bite to historical sites, museums and loads…

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