Montreal West, Quebec

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For the former federal electoral district, see Montreal West (electoral district). For the former provincial electoral district, see Montréal-Ouest (provincial electoral district).
Montreal West
Montréal-Ouest
City
Skyline of Montreal West
Nickname(s): The Garden Suburb
Motto: Justitia Omnibus (Latin for "Justice for All")
Location on the Island of Montreal.  (Outlined areas indicate demerged municipalities).
Location on the Island of Montreal.
(Outlined areas indicate demerged municipalities).
Montreal West is located in Southern Quebec
Montreal West
Montreal West
Location in southern Quebec.
Coordinates: 45°27′13″N 73°38′50″W / 45.45361°N 73.64722°W / 45.45361; -73.64722Coordinates: 45°27′13″N 73°38′50″W / 45.45361°N 73.64722°W / 45.45361; -73.64722[1]
Country  Canada
Province  Quebec
Region Montreal
RCM None
Founded 1897
Constituted January 1, 2006
Government[2][3]
 • Mayor Beny Masella
 • Federal riding Notre-Dame-de-Grâce—Lachine
 • Prov. riding Notre-Dame-de-Grâce
Area[2][4]
 • Total 1.40 km2 (0.54 sq mi)
 • Land 1.41 km2 (0.54 sq mi)
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contradiction between two
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Population (2011)[4]
 • Total 5,085
 • Density 3,614.6/km2 (9,362/sq mi)
 • Pop 2006-2011 Decrease 1.9%
 • Dwellings 1,929
Time zone EST (UTC−5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC−4)
Postal code(s) H4X, H4B
Area code(s) 514 and 438
Highways
A-20

Route 138
Website www.montreal-ouest.ca

Montreal West (French: Montréal-Ouest) is an on-island suburb in southwestern Quebec, Canada on the Island of Montreal.

Montreal West is a small, close-knit community made up primarily of single-family dwellings. The town is largely composed of young families, and has a total population of 5,184, as of the 2006 census. The town's area is 1.6 km². About 66% of the population of Montreal West speak English as their first language.

The core business area of Montreal West is located on Westminster Avenue between Milner and Curzon. Until recently, it consisted exclusively of small, non-franchised businesses, but in a controversial decision,[5] the Pharmaprix drugstore chain was allowed to open a large outlet on the corner of Westminster and Sherbrooke Street.

On January 1, 2002, as part of the 2002–2006 municipal reorganization in Montreal, Montreal West and the neighboring suburbs of Côte-Saint-Luc and Hampstead were merged into the City of Montreal and became the borough of Côte-Saint-Luc–Hampstead–Montreal West. Following a change of government and a 2004 referendum in which the population voted to de-merge by a wide margin, Montreal West was reconstituted as an independent city on January 1, 2006.

Demographics[edit]

Historical populations
Year Pop. ±%
1966 6,612 —    
1971 6,365 −3.7%
1976 5,980 −6.0%
1981 5,514 −7.8%
1986 5,382 −2.4%
1991 5,180 −3.8%
1996 5,254 +1.4%
2001 5,172 −1.6%
2006 5,184 +0.2%
2011 5,085 −1.9%
[6]
Ethnic origin (2006)
Language Population Percentage (%)
English 840 20%
Canadian 835 20%
Irish 825 20%
French 700 17%
Scottish 600 15%
Italian 525 13%
Jewish 515 12%
German 325 8%
Polish 270 7%
Russian 270 7%
Home language (2006 and 2011)
Language Population (2006) Percentage (2006) Population (2011) Percentage (2011)
English 4,080 79% 3,830 75.47%
French 645 12% 705 13.89%
Both English and French 85 2% 105 2.07%
Other languages 355 7% 330 6.50%

Politics and government[edit]

Municipal[edit]

The Town of Montreal West is served by its mayor, Beny Masella and four city councillors.[7]

  1. Julie Tasker-Brown (Public Security)
  2. Colleen Feeney (Finance and Administration)
  3. Maria Torres (Public Works)
  4. Elizabeth Ulin (Recreation and Cultural Services)

In terms of services, the town has its own public works division, a fire station, a community centre (named after former town mayor John A. Simms), and a Town Hall.

Brock Avenue in Montreal West.

List of mayors[edit]

1897 - William Smithson Lingley
1898 - Charles McClatchie
1899 - B.W. Grigg
1900 - J.J. Kirkpatrick
1901 - Walter C. Flyfe
1902 - Edward J. Bedbrook
1903 - C.C. Ballantyne
1904 - Edward J. Bedbrook
1905 - William Smithson Lingley
1906 - J.J. Kirkpatrick
1908 - Edward J. Bedbrook
1909–1910 - C.J. Davies
1911–1927 - James Ballantyne
1927–1935 - Harry Aird
1935–1943 - James R. Pearson
1943–1948 - Robert Hope Ross
1948–1954 - George W. Hodgson
1954–1963 - Forest Norman Wiggins
1963–1965 - Everett Charles Kirkpatrick
1965–1973 - Robert Arthur McQueen
1973–1977 - Alistair Reekie
1977–1989 - Roy D. Locke
1989–2001 - John A. Simms
2002–2005 - Part of the city of Montreal
2006–2009 - Campbell Stuart
2009–Present- Beny Masella

Federal and provincial politics[edit]

The Town of Montreal West shares a federal riding with the city of Dorval and the Montreal neighbourhoods of Notre-Dame-de-Grâce and Lachine. The riding is known as Notre-Dame-de-Grâce—Lachine and its Member of Parliament is New Democrat Isabelle Morin.

Provincially, Montreal West again shares a riding with Notre-Dame-de-Grâce. The riding is known as Notre-Dame-de-Grâce and its Member of National Assembly is Liberal Kathleen Weil.

Education[edit]

Royal West Academy, the highest rated English-language public school in Quebec.

Montreal West is notable for having Quebec's highest rated Anglophone public high school, Royal West Academy (ranked 39th overall in 2005 by the Fraser Institute). It also has two Anglophone elementary schools, Elizabeth Ballantyne Elementary School and Edinburgh Elementary School which offers French immersion. These schools are part of the English Montreal School Board.

In terms of libraries, the town has a children's library located in each of the above-mentioned elementary schools. Another is located in Royal West Academy. A library for all age groups is located on Westminster Avenue.

Public transportation[edit]

A train passing through Montréal-Ouest train station.

Montreal West is serviced by six Société de transport de Montréal bus lines. Each of these connects to a corresponding Montreal Metro (subway) station. The Montréal-Ouest Train Station also services the area. Trains that run through this station connect passengers to downtown Montreal on one end, and three different routes heading away from the city at the other end.

Religious sanctuaries[edit]

Montreal West United Church.
St. Philip's Church in Montreal West.

Montreal West includes three medium-sized churches. One is United (Montreal West United Church [1]), one is Anglican (St. Philip's Church), and the final is Presbyterian (Montreal West Presbyterian Church). The Montreal West United Church also rents space to a Pentecostal service (Overcomers Assembly).

Events[edit]

Canada Day[edit]

Canada Day is the largest community event of the year in Montreal West. Residents organize a parade route that mainly runs down the main street of Westminster and ends at Strathern Park. Floats represented in the parade include organizations and clubs located in town, as well as some created personally by residents.

The Montreal West Canada Day Parade making its way along Westminster Avenue
A Remembrance Day ceremony in Montreal West

In some years, there have been water fights between sidelined residents and members of the parade (mainly the swimming pool float). Water fights during these years have seen water balloons and super soaker water guns, as well as the odd hose drawn from a house. Organizers have tried to minimize these activities in recent years so as not to detract from the parade itself, with varying success.

Following the parade, residents converge on Strathern Park for a giant picnic/BBQ. Many children's games and activities go on at the park, as well as in the nearby Percival park. The final event of the evening is the fireworks, which take place around 10pm at Hodgson Field.

Fête Nationale du Québec[edit]

Annually on June 23 (the day before the actual holiday) there is a picnic at Davies Park, featuring music performed by Québécois musicians. In the late evening, a large bonfire is held in the centre of the park.

Garbage Bowl[edit]

The Garbage Bowl is a yearly tradition held every January 1, where men from Montreal West separate into two teams, the Northern Combines and the Southern Bombers, and play a football game in the frigid weather. Since 1950, the teams have suited up in pajamas with proceeds from donations, food, and commemorative pins going to charity.

Parks and recreation[edit]

Townhall in 1942

The town of Montreal West has a large number of neighbourhood parks and public spaces. They include: Dave Reid Park, Davies Park, George Booth Park, Hodgson Park, John A. Simms Park, Kirkpatrick Park, Memorial Park, Percival Park, Ronald Park, Roy D. Locke Park, Rugby Park, Sheraton Park, Strathearn Park and Toe Blake Park (which was named after former Montreal Canadiens head coach Toe Blake. The town also has an indoor ice skating rink, clay tennis courts, and a public swimming pool.

Associations & clubs[edit]

  • Art Etc.
  • Montreal West Scout Group
  • Montreal West Girl Guides Group
  • Montreal West 50 Plus Travel Club
  • Montreal West Horticultural Society
  • Montreal West Operatic Society
  • Montreal West Curling Club (MWCC)
    • Founded in 1912, it is one of the oldest clubs in Quebec. It has over 300 members and has four sheets of curling ice.
  • Montreal West Tennis Club
    • 4 Clay courts

Montreal West Logos[edit]

Notable natives and residents[edit]

References[edit]

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