Beaconsfield, Quebec

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Beaconsfield
City
Beaurepaire Village, an older neighbourhood of Beaconsfield.
Beaurepaire Village, an older neighbourhood of Beaconsfield.
Location on the Island of Montreal.  (Outlined areas indicate demerged municipalities).
Location on the Island of Montreal.
(Outlined areas indicate demerged municipalities).
Beaconsfield is located in Southern Quebec
Beaconsfield
Beaconsfield
Location in southern Quebec.
Coordinates: 45°26′N 73°52′W / 45.433°N 73.867°W / 45.433; -73.867Coordinates: 45°26′N 73°52′W / 45.433°N 73.867°W / 45.433; -73.867[1]
Country  Canada
Province  Quebec
Region Montréal
RCM None
Founded 1698
Constituted January 1, 2006
Government[2][3]
 • Mayor Georges Bourelle
 • Federal riding Lac-Saint-Louis
 • Prov. riding Jacques-Cartier
Area[2][4]
 • Total 24.50 km2 (9.46 sq mi)
 • Land 11.01 km2 (4.25 sq mi)
Population (2011)[4]
 • Total 19,505
 • Density 1,771.6/km2 (4,588/sq mi)
 • Pop 2006-2011 Increase 1.6%
 • Dwellings 6,811
Time zone EST (UTC−5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC−4)
Postal code(s) H9W
Area code(s) 514 and 438
Website www.beaconsfield.ca

Beaconsfield is an on-island suburb on the Island of Montreal in Quebec, Canada. Its population as of the Canada 2011 Census was 19,505.

It is located on the north shore of Lake Saint-Louis and is bordered on the west by Baie-D'Urfé, on the north by Kirkland and on the east by Pointe-Claire. It was incorporated in 1910 and is named in honour of Benjamin Disraeli, Lord Beaconsfield, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom in the 1860s and 1870s and close confidant of Queen Victoria. It is part of the Greater Montreal region locally referred to as the West Island.

As part of the 2002–2006 municipal reorganization of Montreal, Beaconsfield was merged into the city of Montreal on January 1, 2002, joining with neighbouring Baie-D'Urfé to create the borough of Beaconsfield–Baie-D'Urfé. After a change of government and a 2004 referendum, both of them voted to demerge and were reconstituted as independent cities on January 1, 2006. However, they remain part of the urban agglomeration of Montreal.

The population of Beaconsfield is mostly English-speaking. Most buildings in Beaconsfield are single-family homes, with some townhouses and Montreal-style apartment buildings. It may be characterized as a bedroom community. Beaconsfield is also home to a recreation centre that contains a pool, an ice rink and a gym.

A wooded area, Angell Woods, occupies much of western Beaconsfield, and is the subject of a campaign to preserve it permanently as a green space.

Government[edit]

The current mayor of Beaconsfield is Georges Bourelle. The city is served by six councilors.

  1. David Pelletier (District 1)
  2. Karen Messier (District 2)
  3. Wade Staddon (District 3)
  4. Pierre Demers (District 4)
  5. Roger Moss (District 5)
  6. Peggy Alexopoulos (District 6)

The last Municipal Election was held on November 3, 2013, with all six council seats and the mayoralty being contested. Prior to this election, David Pollack had been the incumbent mayor - he chose not to run for a second term.

The mayoral candidates for the 2013 municipal elections were: James Bonnell, Georges Bourelle, Hela Labene and Rhonda Massad. Mr. Bourelle defeated Mrs. Massad, an incumbent city councillor, in a close race, with the other two candidates trailing much further behind.[5]

Demographics[edit]

Historical populations
Year Pop. ±%
1966 15,702 —    
1971 19,395 +23.5%
1976 20,417 +5.3%
1981 19,613 −3.9%
1986 19,301 −1.6%
1991 19,616 +1.6%
1996 19,414 −1.0%
2001 19,310 −0.5%
2006 19,194 −0.6%
2011 19,505 +1.6%
[6]
Languages (2011)[7]
Language Mother tongue Home language First Official language spoken
English 54% 70% 69%
French 24% 20% 26%
English and French 2% 2% 5%
Non official language 18% 7% 1%
English and non-official language 1% 1%
French and non-official language 0.2% 0.2%
English,French and non-official language 0.2% 0.4%
Visible minorities and Aboriginals
Canada 2006 Census Population  % of Total Population
Visible minority group
Source:[8]
South Asian 260 1.4%
Chinese 410 2.1%
Black 135 0.7%
Filipino 40 0.2%
Latin American 135 0.7%
Arab 285 1.5%
Southeast Asian 115 0.6%
West Asian 105 0.6%
Korean 15 0.1%
Japanese 45 0.2%
Other visible minority 15 0.1%
Mixed visible minority 35 0.2%
Total visible minority population 1,605 8.4%
Aboriginal group
Source:[9]
First Nations 10 0.1%
Métis 0 0%
Inuit 25 0.1%
Total Aboriginal population 45 0.2%
White 17,420 91.3%
Total population 19,070 100%

Sports and recreation[edit]

Centennial Hall community and cultural centre

Beaconsfield maintains an indoor recreation complex which includes a swimming pool and hockey rink, as well as a network of outdoor parks with numerous soccer fields and ice rinks for hockey and skating in the winter. The city also has two private yacht clubs on municipal land, Beaconsfield Yacht Club and Lord Reading Yacht Club. Beaconsfield is also a part of the Lakeshore league, which has such sports as hockey, baseball, soccer, and football.

Beaconsfield houses the Beaconsfield Bluefins, a competitive swim club that has trained athletes from the beginner to the national competition levels, in addition to the Lakeshore Panthers, who are usually among Quebec's top minor hockey league teams.

In 1975 the Beaconsfield Amateur Soccer Association boys' Under 10 soccer team was the first soccer team from the province of Quebec to win a National Championship. They travelled from Montreal to Winnipeg to play the championship game and won 3–1. As late as the mid-1980s the match ball and poster of the team was on display in the recreation center across from City I and City II soccer fields. A partial list of Players from the National Championship Team - Andy Starky, Pierre Cunningham, Robert Winter, Bruce Laker, Michael Hughes, Jimmy Hughes, Drew Hardy, Eric Lucas, Greg Gidman, Richard Dunsmore, Wayne Dephoure, Ken Novinger

Beaconsfield is also home to the beaconsfield rugby football club(brfc.ca)which is a member of the Fédération de Rugby du Québec (FRQ);. The club has two senior men's teams which competes in the A division. The club also has an extensive junior rugby program (ages 8 to 18) and is arguably the best looking rugby team in the country.

Education[edit]

Vocational Education[edit]

Adult Education[edit]

Elementary Schools[edit]

  • Beacon Hill Elementary School
  • Christmas Park Elementary School
  • Sherwood Forest Elementary School
  • St. Edmund Elementary School
  • St. Paul Elementary School
  • École primaire Beaconsfield (EPB)
  • École St. Rémi

High Schools[edit]

Transportation[edit]

Beaconsfield is served by the Agence métropolitaine de transport train system, with two stations, Beaconsfield and Beaurepaire, on the Dorion-Hudson Line which ends in downtown Montreal. The city is also served by Société de transport de Montréal (STM) bus lines 200, 201, 211, 217, 221 and 261. Beaconsfield is also served directly by one major highway, Highway 20 (Autoroute 20) with two exits in Beaconsfield, exit 45 at Avenue Woodland, and exit 48 at Boulevard St-Charles. Access to Beaconsfield is also possible from the Highway 40 (Autoroute 40), exit Boulevard St-Charles - south (Sud).

Notable residents[edit]

See also[edit]

References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ Reference number 388457 of the Commission de toponymie du Québec (French)
  2. ^ a b Ministère des Affaires municipales, des Régions et de l'Occupation du territoire: Beaconsfield
  3. ^ Parliament of Canada Federal Riding History: LAC-SAINT-LOUIS (Quebec)
  4. ^ a b 2011 Statistics Canada Census Profile: Beaconsfield, Quebec
  5. ^ The mayoral candidates for the 2013 municipal elections are: James Bonnell, Georges Bourelle, Hela Labene and Rhonda Massad .
  6. ^ "Profil sociodéographique: Ville de Beaconsfield" (in French). Ville de Montréal. 2013. Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  7. ^ [1], Census Profile - Census subdivision
  8. ^ [2], Community Profiles from the 2006 Census, Statistics Canada - Census Subdivision
  9. ^ [3], Aboriginal Peoples - Data table
  10. ^ "Order of Canada - Madeline-Ann Aksich, C.M., M.B.A". Governor General of Canada website. Retrieved December 15, 2010. 

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