West Island

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, many of which still exist. In addition to the churches and rectories, religious orders of various types had set up monasteries and convents, novitiates and the like throughout the West Island, given its proximity to Ville-Marie. Seigneurial system land divisions and the development of the 'montée & rang' main road system allowed for the development of a vast agricultural territory, protected by forts, seigneurial manor houses and the geographic advantages of being on a densely forested island


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of the CKO all-news network. It was located at 1470 kHz in the AM broadcast band. Declining revenue led the station to fold in 1989. Sports and Recreation The West Island boasts multiple public and private sports and recreation facilities, many of which are co-located at local secondary schools or gathered around municipal buildings. As with many suburban areas, residents have access to numerous community pools, parks, greens and playgrounds, in addition to soccer


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: www.westislandgazette.com West Island Gazette are the two principle English-language weekly newspapers and there are a variety of free local tabloids primarily used for advertising, including the Cité-Nouvelles editions. Montreal Times and The Suburban are more closely focused on Montreal's anglophone population on the whole, but are also available and of general interest to residents the West Island. Other small publications include periodic free 'lifestyle' magazines or 'business


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a peculiar local microclimate which allows non-native 'borderline hardiness' plant species to thrive. These independent communities constitute the de-merged West island municipalities. In addition, there are two City of Montreal boroughs: *L'Île-Bizard–Sainte-Geneviève – with a population of 17,500 people, this borough traces its roots back to the Fur Trade (North American fur trade), and features a large nature park, a public college (College education in Quebec) and an old parish church. *Pierrefonds-Roxboro – the largest West Island community, with a population in excess of 60,000 almost perfectly divided along linguistic lines and featuring the largest nature park on the island, in addition to many small businesses and over 24,000 private dwellings. This borough is served by two stations along the Deux-Montagnes Line (Deux-Montagnes Line (AMT)) of the Agence Métropolitain de Transport (Agence métropolitaine de transport), in addition to regular express bus service to and from the City of Montreal throughout the day. This borough is particularly notable for the large number of primary and secondary schools, religious and community centres, playgrounds, sports facilities and other green spaces evenly distributed throughout the territory. Demographics '''Population''' style "width:99%; text-align:right;" frame "box" rules "all" cellpadding "1" class "wikitable" -style "background-color:#CCFFFF; text-align:right;" ! width "15%" City ! width "10%" Area km² ! width "10%" 2011 Census (Canada 2011 Census) ! width "10%" 2006 Census (Canada 2006 Census) ! width "10%" 2001 Census (Canada 2001 Census) ! width "10%" 1996 Census (Canada 1996 Census) - ! style "text-align:right" Dorval 20.87 18,208 18,088 17,706 17,572 - ! style "text-align:right" L'Île-Dorval 0.18 5 0 0 2 - ! style "text-align:right" Pointe-Claire 18.87 30,790 30,161 29,286 28,435 - ! style "text-align:right" Kirkland (Kirkland, Quebec) 9.64 21,253 20,491 20,434 18,678 - ! style "text-align:right" Beaconsfield (Beaconsfield, Quebec) 11.01 19,505 19,194 19,310 19,414 - ! style "text-align:right" Baie-D'Urfé 6.03 3,850 3,902 3,813 3,774 - ! style "text-align:right" Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue 10.57 5,073 5,197 5,062 4,700 - ! style "text-align:right" Senneville 7.49 920 962 970 906 - ! style "text-align:right" Dollard-des-Ormeaux 15.10 49,637 48,930 48,206 47,826 - ! style "background-color:lightgray;" '''Total Demerged Municipalities''' style "background-color:lightgray;" '''99.76''' style "background-color:lightgray;" '''149,241''' style "background-color:lightgray;" '''146,925''' style "background-color:lightgray;" '''144,787''' style "background-color:lightgray;" '''141,307''' - ! style "text-align:right" Pierrefonds (Pierrefonds-Roxboro) 24.90 59,093 54,963 53,151 - ! style "text-align:right" Roxboro (Roxboro, Quebec) 2.22 5,948 5,642 5,785 - ! style "text-align:right" L'Île-Bizard 22.77 14,325 13,861 13,038 - ! style "text-align:right" Sainte-Genevieve (Sainte-Geneviève, Quebec) 0.86 3,265 3.278 3,339 - ! style "background-color:lightgray;" '''Total Boroughs of Montreal''' style "background-color:lightgray;" '''50.75''' style "background-color:lightgray;" '''86,507''' style "background-color:lightgray;" '''82,631''' style "background-color:lightgray;" '''77,744''' style "background-color:lightgray;" '''75,313''' - ! style "background-color:lightblue;" '''West Island''' style "background-color:lightblue;" '''150.51''' style "background-color:lightblue;" '''235,738''' style "background-color:lightblue;" '''229,556''' style "background-color:lightblue;" '''222,531''' style "background-color:lightblue;" '''216,620''' - '''City of Montreal boroughs''' class "wikitable" style "text-align:right;" - bgcolor "#CCCCCC" !Borough !Population in 2011 !km² - L'Île-Bizard–Sainte-Geneviève 18,097 23,63 - Pierrefonds-Roxboro 68,410 26,72 - '''Total''' '''86,507''' '''50,35''' Language spoken at home (Includes West Island municipalities only, not West-Island boroughs of Montreal.) From Canada 2006 Census class "wikitable" - ! Language ! Population ! Percentage (%) - English only 70,405 48.4% - French only 33,335 22.9% - Both English and French 1,960 1.3% - Other languages 39,855 27.4% The West Island can also claim to have the highest demographic concentration of German Canadians in the province of Quebec. With an even higher concentration located in the '''Town of Baie-D'Urfé,''' where the German language school, The Alexander von Humboldt Schule Montréal – German International School (The Alexander von Humboldt Schule Montréal - German International School) is located. Education '''Post-Secondary Institutions:''' The Macdonald Campus of McGill University, which traces its roots back to 1905, when Macdonald College was originally constructed as an agricultural college. The buildings which currently house John Abbott College are those of the original Macdonald College, which in 1972 became a satellite campus of McGill University and moved into newer buildings east of the original site. The Macdonald Campus supports McGill's Morgan Arboretum, the J. S. Marshall Radar Observatory and the last operational farm on the Island of Montreal, in addition to the Canadian Aviation Heritage Centre. John Abbott College was opened in the old Macdonald College buildings located in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue in 1971 and has since become one of the largest CEGEPs in Quebec, with well-over 7,000 students. The campus was initially split between two sites until the construction of the Casgrain Centre in 1981, and a new science and technology pavilion is currently being completed along with campus-wide renovations and upgrades. The site features the nearly completely abandoned Brittain Hall, the former men's dormitory. In this respect, Brittain Hall is a near identical copy of Stewart Hall (the original women's dorm), and features the same stacked 'gym-cafeteria-pool' layout, along with massive fireplaces and other features of an Edwardian-era rural college dormitory. Today it is still owned by McGill University and is almost exclusively used for film and television production. Despite a rapid increase in school population and the subsequent lack of space, there are no plans to renovate or rehabilitate Brittain Hall at the moment. Another feature of the campus is the location of steam pipes and access tunnels located directly under the sidewalks, so as to permit natural snow-removal. Moreover, there are a series of underground tunnels connecting all buildings on campus, designed so as to facilitate moving about the sprawling campus. A portion of the system connecting Stewart to Brittain Hall, has been closed since the 1970s and remains largely inaccessible. Cégep Gérald-Godin was opened in a former novitiate of the Fathers of the Holy Cross in 1999 and is a prominent West Island post-modern architectural achievement. It features the Salle Pauline-Julien a performing arts venue, and is home to roughly 1,200 students. It is so far the only uniquely Francophone CEGEP in the West Island. The development of the CEGEP has had a positive impact on the development of the village of Sainte-Geneviève (Sainte-Geneviève, Quebec) as a smaller primarily Francophone equivalent to Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue. '''Public Primary and Secondary:''' English-language instruction in the West island is provided primarily by the Lester B. Pearson School Board while French-language instruction is provided by the Commission scolaire Marguerite-Bourgeoys. The LBPSB counts some 28,000 students in 12 high schools, 40 elementary schools, 2 adult education centres and 4 vocational schools. The CSMB counts some 45,000 students across a larger territory principally focused on the western portion of the island, with 61 elementary schools, 12 high schools, 2 specialized schools, 6 vocational schools and 4 adult-education centres. Important West Island public high schools include, but are not limited to: Beaconsfield High School (Beaconsfield High School (Beaconsfield)) – founded in Beaconsfield in 1958, 1130 students. John Rennie High School – founded in Pointe Claire in 1955 it boasts the Sports-Etudes program for student athletes as well as a highly regarded local theatre and dramatic arts program. Lindsay Place High School – founded in Pointe-Claire in 1962 with 1,600 students, one of the largest in the West Island. Pierrefonds Comprehensive High School – founded in 1971 in Pierrefonds to support Catholic francophone and anglophone students, it is an architecturally significant school given its open concept design along an axial core, not to mention industrial visual cues, such as exposed concrete walls and overhead pipes, small windows and rooms without doors. Roughly 1200 students attend PCHS, which is co-located with the LBPSB administered West Island Career Centre (WICC). PCHS offers an international baccalaureate program and shares its grounds with the George Springate community sports complex. Riverdale High School (Riverdale High School (Pierrefonds, Quebec)) – once one of the largest schools in the West Island (approximately 2,600 students in the early-1970s until the early 1980s), Riverdale's population has declined significantly in the last thirty years, but its still remains a special place in the community of Pierrefonds. An adult education centre now occupies most of the first floor. Saint Thomas High School (St. Thomas High School (Quebec)) – one of the finest public high schools in the West Island, St. Thomas is consistently ranked in the top-ten of Quebec's schools The '''North Shore Lions''' football (Canadian football) organization is currently a member of the QBFL (Quebec Bantam Football League) operating in the West Island of Montreal, Canada. This storied park was founded by Bill Allan in 1967 when the local teams were struggling to find talented kids to play football. Since 1967 this park has taken part in 35+ provincial title games and won 30 of those provincial games. World War II prosperity kept unemployment low. Machine politics, fiscal conservatism and a program of rural electrification consolidated the dominance of the Union Nationale over the province. The government of Maurice Duplessis adopted the current flag of Quebec to replace the Union Jack. It won a landslide victory in the 1948 election (Quebec general election, 1948), leaving the Liberals with only a handful of seats. Until the 1952 election (Quebec general election, 1952), the Liberal delegation to the Legislative Assembly (Legislative Assembly of Quebec) consisted of only a handful of members who came almost entirely from Montreal's West Island. It was not until 1953 that their leader could win a seat in the institution. Conrad Black, Duplessis, ISBN 0-7710-1530-5, McClelland & Stewart, Toronto, 1977.


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schools, 2 adult education centres and 4 vocational schools. The CSMB counts some 45,000 students across a larger territory principally focused on the western portion of the island, with 61 elementary schools, 12 high schools, 2 specialized schools, 6 vocational schools and 4 adult-education centres. Important West Island public high schools include, but are not limited to: Beaconsfield High School (Beaconsfield High School (Beaconsfield)) – founded in Beaconsfield in 1958, 1130 students

. John Rennie High School – founded in Pointe Claire in 1955 it boasts the Sports-Etudes program for student athletes as well as a highly regarded local theatre and dramatic arts program. Lindsay Place High School – founded in Pointe-Claire in 1962 with 1,600 students, one of the largest in the West Island. Pierrefonds Comprehensive High School – founded in 1971 in Pierrefonds to support Catholic francophone and anglophone students

) Riverdale High School  – once one of the largest schools in the West Island (approximately 2,600 students in the early-1970s until the early 1980s), Riverdale's population has declined significantly in the last thirty years, but its still remains a special place in the community of Pierrefonds. An adult education centre now occupies most of the first floor. Saint Thomas High School (St. Thomas High School (Quebec)) – one of the finest public high schools in the West Island, St


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parish church. *Pierrefonds-Roxboro – the largest West Island community, with a population in excess of 60,000 almost perfectly divided along linguistic lines and featuring the largest nature park on the island, in addition to many small businesses and over 24,000 private dwellings. This borough is served by two stations along the Deux-Montagnes Line (Deux-Montagnes Line (AMT)) of the Agence Métropolitain de Transport (Agence métropolitaine de transport), in addition to regular express bus service to and from the City of Montreal throughout the day. This borough is particularly notable for the large number of primary and secondary schools, religious and community centres, playgrounds, sports facilities and other green spaces evenly distributed throughout the territory. Demographics '''Population''' style "width:99%; text-align:right;" frame "box" rules "all" cellpadding "1" class "wikitable" -style "background-color:#CCFFFF; text-align:right;" ! width "15%" City ! width "10%" Area km² ! width "10%" 2011 Census (Canada 2011 Census) ! width "10%" 2006 Census (Canada 2006 Census) ! width "10%" 2001 Census (Canada 2001 Census) ! width "10%" 1996 Census (Canada 1996 Census) - ! style "text-align:right" Dorval 20.87 18,208 18,088 17,706 17,572 - ! style "text-align:right" L'Île-Dorval 0.18 5 0 0 2 - ! style "text-align:right" Pointe-Claire 18.87 30,790 30,161 29,286 28,435 - ! style "text-align:right" Kirkland (Kirkland, Quebec) 9.64 21,253 20,491 20,434 18,678 - ! style "text-align:right" Beaconsfield (Beaconsfield, Quebec) 11.01 19,505 19,194 19,310 19,414 - ! style "text-align:right" Baie-D'Urfé 6.03 3,850 3,902 3,813 3,774 - ! style "text-align:right" Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue 10.57 5,073 5,197 5,062 4,700 - ! style "text-align:right" Senneville 7.49 920 962 970 906 - ! style "text-align:right" Dollard-des-Ormeaux 15.10 49,637 48,930 48,206 47,826 - ! style "background-color:lightgray;" '''Total Demerged Municipalities''' style "background-color:lightgray;" '''99.76''' style "background-color:lightgray;" '''149,241''' style "background-color:lightgray;" '''146,925''' style "background-color:lightgray;" '''144,787''' style "background-color:lightgray;" '''141,307''' - ! style "text-align:right" Pierrefonds (Pierrefonds-Roxboro) 24.90 59,093 54,963 53,151 - ! style "text-align:right" Roxboro (Roxboro, Quebec) 2.22 5,948 5,642 5,785 - ! style "text-align:right" L'Île-Bizard 22.77 14,325 13,861 13,038 - ! style "text-align:right" Sainte-Genevieve (Sainte-Geneviève, Quebec) 0.86 3,265 3.278 3,339 - ! style "background-color:lightgray;" '''Total Boroughs of Montreal''' style "background-color:lightgray;" '''50.75''' style "background-color:lightgray;" '''86,507''' style "background-color:lightgray;" '''82,631''' style "background-color:lightgray;" '''77,744''' style "background-color:lightgray;" '''75,313''' - ! style "background-color:lightblue;" '''West Island''' style "background-color:lightblue;" '''150.51''' style "background-color:lightblue;" '''235,738''' style "background-color:lightblue;" '''229,556''' style "background-color:lightblue;" '''222,531''' style "background-color:lightblue;" '''216,620''' - '''City of Montreal boroughs''' class "wikitable" style "text-align:right;" - bgcolor "#CCCCCC" !Borough !Population in 2011 !km² - L'Île-Bizard–Sainte-Geneviève 18,097 23,63 - Pierrefonds-Roxboro 68,410 26,72 - '''Total''' '''86,507''' '''50,35''' Language spoken at home (Includes West Island municipalities only, not West-Island boroughs of Montreal.) From Canada 2006 Census class "wikitable" - ! Language ! Population ! Percentage (%) - English only 70,405 48.4% - French only 33,335 22.9% - Both English and French 1,960 1.3% - Other languages 39,855 27.4% The West Island can also claim to have the highest demographic concentration of German Canadians in the province of Quebec. With an even higher concentration located in the '''Town of Baie-D'Urfé,''' where the German language school, The Alexander von Humboldt Schule Montréal – German International School (The Alexander von Humboldt Schule Montréal - German International School) is located. Education '''Post-Secondary Institutions:''' The Macdonald Campus of McGill University, which traces its roots back to 1905, when Macdonald College was originally constructed as an agricultural college. The buildings which currently house John Abbott College are those of the original Macdonald College, which in 1972 became a satellite campus of McGill University and moved into newer buildings east of the original site. The Macdonald Campus supports McGill's Morgan Arboretum, the J. S. Marshall Radar Observatory and the last operational farm on the Island of Montreal, in addition to the Canadian Aviation Heritage Centre. John Abbott College was opened in the old Macdonald College buildings located in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue in 1971 and has since become one of the largest CEGEPs in Quebec, with well-over 7,000 students. The campus was initially split between two sites until the construction of the Casgrain Centre in 1981, and a new science and technology pavilion is currently being completed along with campus-wide renovations and upgrades. The site features the nearly completely abandoned Brittain Hall, the former men's dormitory. In this respect, Brittain Hall is a near identical copy of Stewart Hall (the original women's dorm), and features the same stacked 'gym-cafeteria-pool' layout, along with massive fireplaces and other features of an Edwardian-era rural college dormitory. Today it is still owned by McGill University and is almost exclusively used for film and television production. Despite a rapid increase in school population and the subsequent lack of space, there are no plans to renovate or rehabilitate Brittain Hall at the moment. Another feature of the campus is the location of steam pipes and access tunnels located directly under the sidewalks, so as to permit natural snow-removal. Moreover, there are a series of underground tunnels connecting all buildings on campus, designed so as to facilitate moving about the sprawling campus. A portion of the system connecting Stewart to Brittain Hall, has been closed since the 1970s and remains largely inaccessible. Cégep Gérald-Godin was opened in a former novitiate of the Fathers of the Holy Cross in 1999 and is a prominent West Island post-modern architectural achievement. It features the Salle Pauline-Julien a performing arts venue, and is home to roughly 1,200 students. It is so far the only uniquely Francophone CEGEP in the West Island. The development of the CEGEP has had a positive impact on the development of the village of Sainte-Geneviève (Sainte-Geneviève, Quebec) as a smaller primarily Francophone equivalent to Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue. '''Public Primary and Secondary:''' English-language instruction in the West island is provided primarily by the Lester B. Pearson School Board while French-language instruction is provided by the Commission scolaire Marguerite-Bourgeoys. The LBPSB counts some 28,000 students in 12 high schools, 40 elementary schools, 2 adult education centres and 4 vocational schools. The CSMB counts some 45,000 students across a larger territory principally focused on the western portion of the island, with 61 elementary schools, 12 high schools, 2 specialized schools, 6 vocational schools and 4 adult-education centres. Important West Island public high schools include, but are not limited to: Beaconsfield High School (Beaconsfield High School (Beaconsfield)) – founded in Beaconsfield in 1958, 1130 students. John Rennie High School – founded in Pointe Claire in 1955 it boasts the Sports-Etudes program for student athletes as well as a highly regarded local theatre and dramatic arts program. Lindsay Place High School – founded in Pointe-Claire in 1962 with 1,600 students, one of the largest in the West Island. Pierrefonds Comprehensive High School – founded in 1971 in Pierrefonds to support Catholic francophone and anglophone students, it is an architecturally significant school given its open concept design along an axial core, not to mention industrial visual cues, such as exposed concrete walls and overhead pipes, small windows and rooms without doors. Roughly 1200 students attend PCHS, which is co-located with the LBPSB administered West Island Career Centre (WICC). PCHS offers an international baccalaureate program and shares its grounds with the George Springate community sports complex. Riverdale High School (Riverdale High School (Pierrefonds, Quebec)) – once one of the largest schools in the West Island (approximately 2,600 students in the early-1970s until the early 1980s), Riverdale's population has declined significantly in the last thirty years, but its still remains a special place in the community of Pierrefonds. An adult education centre now occupies most of the first floor. Saint Thomas High School (St. Thomas High School (Quebec)) – one of the finest public high schools in the West Island, St. Thomas is consistently ranked in the top-ten of Quebec's schools The '''North Shore Lions''' football (Canadian football) organization is currently a member of the QBFL (Quebec Bantam Football League) operating in the West Island of Montreal, Canada. This storied park was founded by Bill Allan in 1967 when the local teams were struggling to find talented kids to play football. Since 1967 this park has taken part in 35+ provincial title games and won 30 of those provincial games. World War II prosperity kept unemployment low. Machine politics, fiscal conservatism and a program of rural electrification consolidated the dominance of the Union Nationale over the province. The government of Maurice Duplessis adopted the current flag of Quebec to replace the Union Jack. It won a landslide victory in the 1948 election (Quebec general election, 1948), leaving the Liberals with only a handful of seats. Until the 1952 election (Quebec general election, 1952), the Liberal delegation to the Legislative Assembly (Legislative Assembly of Quebec) consisted of only a handful of members who came almost entirely from Montreal's West Island. It was not until 1953 that their leader could win a seat in the institution. Conrad Black, Duplessis, ISBN 0-7710-1530-5, McClelland & Stewart, Toronto, 1977.


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for film and television production. Despite a rapid increase in school population and the subsequent lack of space, there are no plans to renovate or rehabilitate Brittain Hall at the moment. Another feature of the campus is the location of steam pipes and access tunnels located directly under the sidewalks, so as to permit natural snow-removal. Moreover, there are a series of underground tunnels connecting all buildings on campus, designed so as to facilitate moving about the sprawling campus. A portion of the system connecting Stewart to Brittain Hall, has been closed since the 1970s and remains largely inaccessible. Cégep Gérald-Godin was opened in a former novitiate of the Fathers of the Holy Cross in 1999 and is a prominent West Island post-modern architectural achievement. It features the Salle Pauline-Julien a performing arts venue, and is home to roughly 1,200 students. It is so far the only uniquely Francophone CEGEP in the West Island. The development of the CEGEP has had a positive impact on the development of the village of Sainte-Geneviève (Sainte-Geneviève, Quebec) as a smaller primarily Francophone equivalent to Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue. '''Public Primary and Secondary:''' English-language instruction in the West island is provided primarily by the Lester B. Pearson School Board while French-language instruction is provided by the Commission scolaire Marguerite-Bourgeoys. The LBPSB counts some 28,000 students in 12 high schools, 40 elementary schools, 2 adult education centres and 4 vocational schools. The CSMB counts some 45,000 students across a larger territory principally focused on the western portion of the island, with 61 elementary schools, 12 high schools, 2 specialized schools, 6 vocational schools and 4 adult-education centres. Important West Island public high schools include, but are not limited to: Beaconsfield High School (Beaconsfield High School (Beaconsfield)) – founded in Beaconsfield in 1958, 1130 students. John Rennie High School – founded in Pointe Claire in 1955 it boasts the Sports-Etudes program for student athletes as well as a highly regarded local theatre and dramatic arts program. Lindsay Place High School – founded in Pointe-Claire in 1962 with 1,600 students, one of the largest in the West Island. Pierrefonds Comprehensive High School – founded in 1971 in Pierrefonds to support Catholic francophone and anglophone students, it is an architecturally significant school given its open concept design along an axial core, not to mention industrial visual cues, such as exposed concrete walls and overhead pipes, small windows and rooms without doors. Roughly 1200 students attend PCHS, which is co-located with the LBPSB administered West Island Career Centre (WICC). PCHS offers an international baccalaureate program and shares its grounds with the George Springate community sports complex. Riverdale High School (Riverdale High School (Pierrefonds, Quebec)) – once one of the largest schools in the West Island (approximately 2,600 students in the early-1970s until the early 1980s), Riverdale's population has declined significantly in the last thirty years, but its still remains a special place in the community of Pierrefonds. An adult education centre now occupies most of the first floor. Saint Thomas High School (St. Thomas High School (Quebec)) – one of the finest public high schools in the West Island, St. Thomas is consistently ranked in the top-ten of Quebec's schools The '''North Shore Lions''' football (Canadian football) organization is currently a member of the QBFL (Quebec Bantam Football League) operating in the West Island of Montreal, Canada. This storied park was founded by Bill Allan in 1967 when the local teams were struggling to find talented kids to play football. Since 1967 this park has taken part in 35+ provincial title games and won 30 of those provincial games. World War II prosperity kept unemployment low. Machine politics, fiscal conservatism and a program of rural electrification consolidated the dominance of the Union Nationale over the province. The government of Maurice Duplessis adopted the current flag of Quebec to replace the Union Jack. It won a landslide victory in the 1948 election (Quebec general election, 1948), leaving the Liberals with only a handful of seats. Until the 1952 election (Quebec general election, 1952), the Liberal delegation to the Legislative Assembly (Legislative Assembly of Quebec) consisted of only a handful of members who came almost entirely from Montreal's West Island. It was not until 1953 that their leader could win a seat in the institution. Conrad Black, Duplessis, ISBN 0-7710-1530-5, McClelland & Stewart, Toronto, 1977.


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primarily focused along access routes to and from Gouin and Sources Boulevards and the Sunnybrook and Roxboro train stations. Though the publication was touted as the West Island's only independent weekly throughout the 1960s and 1970s, it died out in the 1980s. A local radio station operated in Pointe Claire from 1960 to 1989. From its founding until 1977, it held the callsign CFOX (CFOX (AM)) and had several different formats including Country music and Top-40. After its sale, it was part of the CKO all-news network. It was located at 1470 kHz in the AM broadcast band. Declining revenue led the station to fold in 1989. Sports and Recreation The West Island boasts multiple public and private sports and recreation facilities, many of which are co-located at local secondary schools or gathered around municipal buildings. As with many suburban areas, residents have access to numerous community pools, parks, greens and playgrounds, in addition to soccer and football fields, rugby pitches and baseball diamonds. All West Island residents have access to amateur sports clubs and associations, and minor-level hockey, soccer, basketball and football are all quite popular. Moreover, various leagues and associations are generally very open to accepting residents from all communities. As with most Canadian communities, there is at least one hockey rink in every city or town in the West Island. These facilities have, in the past, also served as venues for rock concerts and the like. A notable example was the old Pierrefonds Arena, demolished in the late-1990s, which once attracted bands like the Eagles and Black Sabbath when it was difficult for most West Island youth to reach downtown concert venues. DDO and Pointe Claire both boast large civic centres replete with Olympic-sized pools and appropriate diving platforms, and the West Island has a noticeable youth subculture focused on swimming, diving and life-guarding at community pools. The world famous Royal Golf Club of Montreal is located in Ile-Bizard and is one of eight golf greens in the West Island, the majority of which are private. Other typical West Island sports and recreation facilities include numerous tennis clubs and courts, curling clubs and the occasional bocci pitch. Other notable West Island sports and recreation facilities include the West Island YMCA and YM YWHA, Dollard-des-Ormeaux's Centennial Park (with hills ideally suited for tobogganing and forests inter-laced with cross-country ski trails), Cap St. Jacques (which features the only remaining beach open to the public on the island) and the facilities affiliated with John Abbott College. In addition, numerous sports leagues for children and youth utilize facilities shared with local primary and secondary schools. The area is home to the North Shore Lions football Bantam team as well as their older team the North Shore Mustangs, which compete at a midget division 1 AAA level, which holds the most division and provincial titles in Quebec Midget Football League (QMFL) history. Points of Interest '''Fritz Farm''', a community cultural centre in Baie-D'Urfé located at 20477 Chemin Lakeshore on a large common green bordering picturesque Lac Saint-Louis (Lake Saint-Louis). Fritz Farm is one of several examples of preserved heritage homes dating back to the 18th century that can be found in Baie-D'Urfé, which are a direct link to the West Island's colonial era. '''Église Sainte-Geneviève (Église Sainte-Geneviève (Montreal))''', a parish church established in 1741 by Antoine Faucon and completed in its present form in 1844. It is located at the intersection of Rue St-Louis and Gouin Boulevard West in the village of Sainte-Geneviève and is part of a larger complex that includes a presbytery and cemetery and a municipal park along the banks of the scenic Rivière des Prairies. '''Saint-Joachim de Pointe-Claire Church & Pointe-Claire Village''', another parish church established in the mid-18th century, though completed only in 1885 in a Gothic-revival style, designed by noted local church architect Victor Bourgeau (:fr:Victor Bourgeau). It is located at 2 Ste-Anne Street in Pointe Claire Village. Permanent settlement in this part of the West Island dates back at least as far as 1710, when the emblematic Pointe-Claire Windmill was completed. The Village features many 19th century and early 20th century buildings and forms an important local small-business sector. There are many restaurants and boutiques in the area, in addition to the exclusive Beaconsfield Golf Club and the Pointe-Claire Curling Club. Othe sites of interest include the '''Pointe-Claire Windmill''' & Summer Retreat of the Congregation Notre Dame. '''Centennial Hall''', in Beaconsfield – a community cultural centre and small-scale performance venue. '''Stewart Hall''', in Pointe-Claire – an art gallery and community cultural centre and small-scale performance venue. '''The Museum of Local History and Heritage''' located at 1850 Lakeshore Drive and adjacent to the large linear parks that stretch from Dorval along the edge of Lac Saint-Louis east towards Old Lachine Village where the old public beaches used to be. There are several marinas in the area and each summer the lake is filled with diverse pleasure craft. Wind-surfing here is quite popular, though public bathing is illegal and generally discouraged. Fishing is popular, though again, it is unwise to consume anything caught. The '''Morgan Arboretum''' and '''Ecomuseum Zoo''', a zoo dedicated to animal species endemic to the Eastern Great Lakes lowland forest, located in one of the last old growth example of the type on-island. The Ecomuseum is, along with Montréal's Biodome and Insectarium, one of the key local public zoological institutions that have found innovative solutions to the problems with 'traditional zoos'. '''Old Saint-Anne's Village and the Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Canal''', another area in the West Island where permanent settlement dates back to the mid-late 17th century, Sainte-Anne's became a focal point for local services with the development of Macdonald College and the Veterans Hospital during the early 20th century. The Village has many restaurants and bars and other services supporting the comparatively large student population. The area features a boardwalk, the old Rex Theatre and numerous specialty shops. Other features include the Gallipeault Bridge which connects Sainte-Anne's to Ile Perot. The '''Canadian Aviation Heritage Centre''' and the Macdonald Experimental Farm, co-located at McGill's Macdonald Campus in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue. '''Fort Senneville''', originally built in 1671 and destroyed and re-built twice, the Fort was captured and destroyed by Benedict Arnold in 1776 during manœuvres associated with the Battle of The Cedars during the American War of Independence. A commemorative plaque located along Chemin Senneville by the Lake of Two Mountains records the location of the battle associated with the fall of the Fort. All that remains today is part of the windmill which doubled as a watch-tower and the foundations of the seigneurial house, if not some portions of the walls. The site is on private property though the proprietor has been known to allow visitors if they ask politely. '''Cap-Saint-Jacques Nature Park''' – the largest nature park on the island also features the only remaining public beach and an organic farm. '''Rapides du Cheval Blanc''' Listed as one of the ten Eco-territories of Montreal The Ten Eco-territories The park has a view of the Whitehorse rapids and a wooded area. Parc Nature Des Rapides du Cheval Blanc '''Bois-de-Liesse Nature Park''', the second largest nature park on-island and home to some protected heritage properties. See also *Lac-Saint-Louis (electoral district) *Pierrefonds—Dollard (electoral district) *Notre-Dame-de-Grâce—Lachine *Saint-Laurent—Cartierville *LaSalle—Émard * Boroughs of Montreal (Boroughs of Montreal#List of Montreal boroughs) * List of former boroughs of Montreal (Boroughs of Montreal#List of former boroughs) * Districts of Montreal * Municipal reorganization in Quebec References The '''North Shore Lions''' football (Canadian football) organization is currently a member of the QBFL (Quebec Bantam Football League) operating in the West Island of Montreal, Canada. This storied park was founded by Bill Allan in 1967 when the local teams were struggling to find talented kids to play football. Since 1967 this park has taken part in 35+ provincial title games and won 30 of those provincial games. World War II prosperity kept unemployment low. Machine politics, fiscal conservatism and a program of rural electrification consolidated the dominance of the Union Nationale over the province. The government of Maurice Duplessis adopted the current flag of Quebec to replace the Union Jack. It won a landslide victory in the 1948 election (Quebec general election, 1948), leaving the Liberals with only a handful of seats. Until the 1952 election (Quebec general election, 1952), the Liberal delegation to the Legislative Assembly (Legislative Assembly of Quebec) consisted of only a handful of members who came almost entirely from Montreal's West Island. It was not until 1953 that their leader could win a seat in the institution. Conrad Black, Duplessis, ISBN 0-7710-1530-5, McClelland & Stewart, Toronto, 1977.


open concept

, it is an architecturally significant school given its open concept design along an axial core, not to mention industrial visual cues, such as exposed concrete walls and overhead pipes, small windows and rooms without doors. Roughly 1200 students attend PCHS, which is co-located with the LBPSB administered West Island Career Centre (WICC). PCHS offers an international baccalaureate program and shares its grounds with the George Springate community sports complex. Riverdale High School (Pierrefonds, Quebec


small publications

: www.westislandgazette.com West Island Gazette are the two principle English-language weekly newspapers and there are a variety of free local tabloids primarily used for advertising, including the Cité-Nouvelles editions. Montreal Times and The Suburban are more closely focused on Montreal's anglophone population on the whole, but are also available and of general interest to residents the West Island. Other small publications include periodic free 'lifestyle' magazines or 'business

West Island

name West Island settlement_type official_name image_skyline Baie dUrfe QC 2.jpg image_caption Baie-D'Urfé, on the shores of Lake Saint Louis. image_flag imagesize image_shield nickname motto image_map mapsize map_caption image_dot_map dot_mapsize dot_map_caption dot_x dot_y image_map1 map_caption1 mapsize1 200px coordinates_region CA-QC subdivision_type Country subdivision_type1 Province (Provinces and territories of Canada) subdivision_type2 Urban agglomeration (Urban agglomeration (Quebec)) subdivision_name subdivision_name1 subdivision_name2 Montreal leader_title leader_name leader_title1 leader_name1 leader_title2 leader_name2 established_title established_date established_title2 established_date2 area_footnotes area_magnitude 1 E8 area_total_km2 150.11 area_total_sq_mi area_land_km2 area_land_sq_mi area_water_km2 area_water_sq_mi area_water_percent area_urban_km2 area_urban_sq_mi area_metro_km2 area_metro_sq_mi population_as_of 2006 (Canada 2006 Census) population_footnotes population_note population_total 224669 population_density_km2 1496.7 population_density_sq_mi population_metro population_density_metro_km2 population_density_metro_sq_mi population_urban population_blank1_title population_blank1 population_blank2_title population_blank2 timezone Eastern (North American Eastern Time Zone) (EST) utc_offset -5 timezone_DST EDT utc_offset_DST -4 latd 45 latm 27 lats 00 latNS N longd 73 longm 45 longs 00 longEW W elevation_footnotes elevation_m elevation_ft elevation_max_m elevation_max_ft elevation_min_m elevation_min_ft postal_code_type Postal code span postal_code H8Y to H9X (List of H Postal Codes of Canada) area_code (514) and (438) (Area code 514 438) website footnotes '''The West Island''' (in French, ''l'Ouest de l'île'') is the unofficial name given to the cities, towns and boroughs at the western end of the Island of Montreal, in Quebec, Canada. It is generally considered to consist of the cities of Dorval, Pointe-Claire, Kirkland (Kirkland, Quebec), Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Beaconsfield (Beaconsfield, Quebec), Baie-D'Urfé (Baie-D'Urfé, Quebec), Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue (Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec), the village of Senneville (Senneville, Quebec), and two boroughs of the city of Montreal: Pierrefonds-Roxboro and L'Île-Bizard–Sainte-Geneviève. Furthermore, given the nature of suburban demographic development in Montréal, off-island suburbs towards the west of the island (such as Vaudreuil, Pincourt or Hudson) in addition to outer-ring boroughs of Montréal (such as LaSalle, Lachine and St-Laurent) are often considered part of the West Island. This is in large part due to similarities in personal income, design of the communities, services available (and shared), quality of life and economic engines supporting the population.

Historically, there was a linguistic division of the island of Montreal into French and English 'halves', with Francophones typically inhabiting the eastern portion of the island and Anglophones typically inhabiting the western half. Census shows language changes in the West Island - Commuting - The Westmount Examiner The West Island's population is approximately 234,000 and although the overwhelming majority of its residents are today bilingual if not multi-lingual, (given the cosmopolitan nature of this vast suburban area), anglophones (English-speaking Quebecer) still make up a relative majority of the West Island's population. Given its population, the West Island is of similar same size as Windsor, Kitchener, Longueuil, Saskatoon, Burnaby or Regina. Curiously, as late as the 1960s, the West Island was principally farmland populated by Old World French Canadians, which in turn accounts for the significant Francophone cultural influence in what was arguably the 'most English' part of Québec.

The West Island has a multicultural feel and an at times eclectic design (with modern buildings and classic Québécois country homes side by side), given the history of the area and its complex inter-related development with the City of Montreal. The region boasts large green spaces bordering rivers and lakes, bike trails, nature parks, museums, cross-country ski trails, ecological farms, golf courses and cultural sites. As a testimony to its 300-year-old history, residents and visitors alike will discover 18th-century buildings along the former Chemin du Roy, today Gouin Boulevard and Chemin du Bord-du-Lac, in addition to the remnants of Fort Senneville. The shores of Lake Saint-Louis offer a unique setting with café-terrasses, restaurants and boutiques filled with quaint old world charm. The area today is largely middle and upper-middle class residential zoning along with the strip-malls and other services one might expect in a North American mega-suburb. Large tracts were developed in the period 1955–1975 (such as Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Pierrefonds, Roxboro and Kirkland) where the majority of homes are similarly-sized variations of the basic bungalow design, though with traditional Québécois architectural influences. Lots tend to be more or less even in size without much variation across entire cities or boroughs. As such, the West Island tends to give the impression of being a somewhat homogeneous construction.

The region is home to the Montréal Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport) (formerly Montreal-Dorval), John Abbott College, Cégep Gérald-Godin, the Macdonald Campus of McGill University, the Fairview Pointe-Claire and Galeries des Sources malls, as well as Montreal's largest park, the Cap-Saint-Jacques Nature Park. Hospitals include the Veteran's Hospital in Sainte-Anne's and the Lakeshore General Hospital in Pointe-Claire. Municipalities range in character from the modern bedroom communities of Kirkland (Kirkland, Quebec) or Dollard-des-Ormeaux to the former cottage-country homes of Dorval, Pointe Claire and Beaconsfield (Beaconsfield, Quebec), with Senneville and Pierrefonds (Pierrefonds-Roxboro), though sharing a common border, demonstrating the extremes in West Island population density. Other communities, like Roxboro (Roxboro, Quebec), Ste-Genevieve or Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue (Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec) have their own particular characters, the latter two sporting the region's two public colleges. Development and the concentration of industrial activity along highways 20, 40 and 15 over the last twenty years has made securing the region's remaining tracts of open land a priority for many West Island residents. Indeed, the West Island is home to one of the last large remaining tracts of Montreal-region wilderness on island.

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