Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve : history and culture



With an industrial past and rich historical heritage, the borough of Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve is now synonymous with busy social and cultural activity, but also with a strong sense of community.


Walking through Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, you’ll discover Morgan Avenue and the legacy of the “City Beautiful” movement that inspired the architecture of a number of buildings here, including the Maisonneuve library, the Morgan public pool, and the former Maisonneuve market. Ontario Street East is where you’ll find Simon-Valois Square and the Luc-Larivée promenade.

Arranged along a former rail line, these recent additions keep neighbourhood life hopping with their shops, cafés, fashionable restaurants and cultural hotspots even as they recall the history of the neighbourhood. In Mercier, take some time to relax at the big riverside Parc de la Promenade-Bellerive. Thanks to the Olympic Park and its Esplanade right next to the Biodome and the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium, great family activities are available all year round.


Come explore a borough that’s got plenty of history and modern-day fun!




Did you know?

The Montréal Tower at the Olympic Park is the tallest inclined tower in the world, at 165 meters in height, and tilted at a 45-degree angle. By way of comparison, the Leaning Tower of Pisa tilts at a mere 5 degrees!


The Bain Morgan, formerly known as the Bain Maisonneuve, is an imposing building in the Beaux-Arts style, much like Grand Central Station in New York. Originally a training hall for the police academy, it later became a public swimming pool.


The former Granada cinema, built in 1928 in the Renaissance architectural style, is a relic of Montréal’s wild years. Today, it is home to the Denise Pelletier theatre, oneof Montréal’s best-known cultural institutions.


Located in Mercier-Est, the Glacière de l’Est beer shop (3244 Des Ormeaux Street) has over 200 varieties of Québec beer for sale.

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