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Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie borough was formed in 1989. Many of the neighbourhoods you know and love are a part of it! Whether in Old Rosemont, La Petite Patrie or Little Italy, you’ve probably already set foot in the area. Quite family-oriented, it is home to several distinct cultural communities, including the Italian-speaking community, which has played a vital role in the history of the neighbourhood while facilitating its expansion. Vestiges of their settlement in the area can be found in Little Italy. The borough owes its unique atmosphere to a mix of murals, various cafés and restaurants, and lively streets, such as Promenade Masson and Plaza Saint-Hubert. It’s a great area to explore and, more importantly, ride a bike! With its unique parks, colourful alleys, and urban gardens, Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie is like no other borough in Montreal. Rent a bike in Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie and enjoy the borough’s relaxed atmosphere!
One of Montreal’s most beautiful bike paths—the Bellechasse Street path—is in Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie! More than 6-km long, it gives you access to several parks, as well as a few libraries, making your daily commute easier (much like renting a BIXI bike)! And if you like the Bellechasse Street bike path, you’ll love the one on Rachel Street! Not only is it charming, but it allows you to get to Maisonneuve Park in no time at all. As Mélodie Lamoureux accurately points out in her article, 5 parcours de BIXI trop beaux à faire cet été, the Chemin des Carrières will take you through Rosemont, Little Italy, Mile End, and the Plateau!
One local attraction that you’re sure to enjoy is the Botanical Garden! Stroll through gardens reminiscent of China, Japan, and the First Nations, and discover several cultures without leaving the city! Not only is it easy to get to by bike, but there’s a BIXI station right out front for your convenience. This way, you won’t have to worry about finding a bike station in Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie once you’ve finished your visit.
Even better, the gardens are right next to the Insectarium! Located in the heart of Maisonneuve Park, the latter features a large quantity of insects that are found not only in Canada, but all over the world! Find out surprising facts about our insect friends, who are essential to our ecosystem, and opt for an environmentally friendly mode of transportation by renting a BIXI in Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie! Feel like seeing more of the area after your visit? Pedal just a little further and check out the Biodome! Take some time to cool off with the penguins and admire the otters! The exotic birds of the rain forest are sure to delight you as well!
Want to visit the most iconic place in the neighbourhood? This is undoubtedly the Beaubien Cinema, which has been a fixture since 1937. The ultimate meeting place for movie buffs, it has retained the architectural charm of yesteryear! This independent cinema has a BIXI station just around the corner. Drop off your trusty BIXI before enjoying some popcorn or rent a bike after the show!
Do you like to rent regular BIXIs? Do you occasionally use an electric BIXI or have you fallen in love with the concept of bike sharing and what BIXI has to offer? Why don't you share the love? Use your one-way Amis BIXI passes or the mobile application’s BIXI group ride feature! This will allow you to rent a bike for one or more friends and enjoy a pleasant ride together in Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie!
Come discover the history of the borough that actively participated in Montreal’s urbanization! We suggest that you visit a few historical monuments during your next bike rental in Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie.
Once composed of several small agricultural villages, this future borough saw the arrival of a massive influx of workers in the 1780s. They were attracted by the limestone mining operations taking place in the rural areas, and such activities soon put a halt to farming. The Conquest of Western Canada and the advent of the railroad led to the development of several businesses that contributed to the construction of trains, such as the Angus Shops. Some of these companies are still in existence today, most notably L. Villeneuve, the oldest lumber yard in Montreal. It was established in 1872 by Léonidas Villeneuve. The limestone deposits were buried between the 1940s and 50s, leaving behind parks, like Père-Marquette Park, which used to be home to the largest of them.
Did you know that Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie has several small urban gardens? Wishing to become more ecological, the borough adopted an urban agricultural policy in April 2021. It established the basis for distributing trees and shrubs with edible fruits to citizens, relaxed the bylaws for owning laying hens, and indicated a general intent to develop more free community gardens in various parks.
If we were asked about the most unusual thing we’ve ever seen at BIXI, it would be the sheep in Maisonneuve Park! The Biquette project is an eco-grazing experiment in the middle of the city. You can take part in several activities with the sheep, including animal-assisted therapy and yoga. You may also come across the chickens in the park and learn more about biodiversity. The next time you rent a bike in Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie, take the Rachel Street bike path and visit the sheep at Maisonneuve Park!