Coordinates: 45°25′N 73°55′W / 45.417°N 73.917°W / 45.417; -73.917
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Town of Baie-D'Urfé
The town hall of Baie-D'Urfé
The town hall of Baie-D'Urfé
Coat of arms of Baie-D'Urfé
Location on the Island of Montreal. (Outlined areas indicate demerged municipalities).
Location on the Island of Montreal.
(Outlined areas indicate demerged municipalities).
Baie-D'Urfé is located in Southern Quebec
Location in southern Quebec
Coordinates: 45°25′N 73°55′W / 45.417°N 73.917°W / 45.417; -73.917[1]
Town charterMarch 1911[3]
Merged into
January 1, 2002
ReconstitutedJanuary 1, 2006
Named forFrançois-Saturnin Lascaris d'Urfé
 • MayorHeidi Ektvedt
 • Federal ridingLac-Saint-Louis
 • Prov. ridingJacques-Cartier
 • Land6.03 km2 (2.33 sq mi)
 • Total3,764
 • Density623.9/km2 (1,616/sq mi)
 • Pop 2016-2021
Decrease 1.5%
 • Dwellings
Time zoneUTC−5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Postal code(s)
Area codes514 and 438

A-40 (TCH)

Baie-D'Urfé (Canadian French: [be d͡zʏʁfe]; previously Baie d'Urfé or Baie d'Urfee)[7] is an on-island suburb of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It is part of the West Island area of the Island of Montreal.[8]

As part of the 2002–2006 municipal reorganization of Montreal, Baie-D'Urfé was merged into the city of Montreal on January 1, 2002, joining with neighbouring Beaconsfield to create the borough of Beaconsfield–Baie-D'Urfé. After a change of provincial government in 2003 and a provincial referendum in 2004, Beaconsfield and Baie-D'Urfé both voted to demerge and were reconstituted as independent municipalities on January 1, 2006. However, they remain part of the urban agglomeration of Montreal.


Baie-D'Urfé is named after François-Saturnin Lascaris d'Urfé, a French Sulpician priest known as l'Abbé d'Urfé.[8] He was the community's first pastor, who was sent by the Gentlemen of Saint-Sulpice to serve as a missionary for the parish of Saint-Louis-du-Bout-de-l'Île (which was later renamed in his honour), a small community of settlers, soldiers, traders, and Indians.

The town's name went through several typographical changes: prior to 2002, the town's name was written as Baie-d'Urfé (no capital "d"); prior to 1969, place names in Quebec were not hyphenated; and prior to 1960, its original name was officially spelled Baie d'Urfée.[9]


Waterfront in Baie-D'Urfé with Fritz Farm Community Centre

Baie-D'Urfé is largely a "bedroom community" that extends from Autoroute 40 to Lac Saint-Louis. It is composed of both a residential and industrial sector. The residential sector is characterized by a wide range of house types and sizes, all based on spacious lots. The residential section of the municipality has retained a rural charm, accentuated by its lack of sidewalks and limited commercial activity. It is a favourite spot for boaters, who use either the local yacht or boat clubs. The community is within the part of the Island of Montreal locally referred to as the West Island. North of Autoroute 20 and the CN and CP railway lines lies a modest-sized industrial park. The industrial park, covering approximately a third of the town's land area, is somewhat isolated from the rest of the town, features its own off-hours security patrol, and is home to a number of large industrial firms' operations.

The town's active community members participate in many of the town's associated or private clubs, including the Baie-D'Urfé Curling Club. It competes with a few other suburbs for top spot in the rankings of highest average household incomes in Canada. The median income for a household in Baie-D'Urfé was $128,611, and the median income for a family was $194,335. Males had an average income of $112,882, compared to $62,245 for females.


Historical census populations – Baie-D'Urfé
Source: Statistics Canada

According to the Office québécois de la langue française, Baie-D'Urfé has been officially recognized as a bilingual municipality since 2005-11-02.[10]

In the 2021 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, Baie-D'Urfé had a population of 3,764 living in 1,325 of its 1,375 total private dwellings, a change of -1.5% from its 2016 population of 3,823. With a land area of 6.03 km2 (2.33 sq mi), it had a population density of 624.2/km2 (1,616.7/sq mi) in 2021.[11]

Canada census – Baie-D'Urfé community profile
Population3,764 (-1.5% from 2016)3,823 (-0.7% from 2011)3,850 (-1.3% from 2006)
Land area6.03 km2 (2.33 sq mi)6.03 km2 (2.33 sq mi)6.03 km2 (2.33 sq mi)
Population density623.9/km2 (1,616/sq mi)633.9/km2 (1,642/sq mi)638.8/km2 (1,654/sq mi)
Median age50.4 (M: 49.6, F: 50.8)49.0 (M: 49.1, F: 49.0)46.5 (M: 46.8, F: 46.3)
Private dwellings1,375 (total)  1,325 (occupied)1,381 (total)  1,423 (total) 
Median household income$145,000$118,784$108,399
References: 2021[12] 2016[13] 2011[14] earlier[15][16]
Home Language (2016)
Language Population Percentage (%)
English 2,580 72%
French 675 19%
Other 330 9%
Mother Tongue (2016)
Language Population Percentage (%)
English 1,995 54%
French 825 23%
Other 835 23%
Visible Minorities (2016)
Ethnicity Population Percentage (%)
Not a visible minority 3,285 88.5%
Visible minorities 425 11.5%

Local government[edit]

The town hall opened in 1914[3] after renovations designed by local resident Edward Maxwell.

The current mayor of Baie-D'Urfé is Heidi Ektvedt.[17]

There are six Town Councillors:[17]

  1. Nadia Bissada
  2. Tony Brown
  3. Brigitte Chartrand
  4. Stephen Gruber
  5. Wanda Lowensteyn
  6. Tom Thompson

Baie-D'Urfé is the first town in Canada to have a youth council; this consists of young people aged 10 years and up, and is entitled the Junior Council. It was established in 2008. The town celebrated its centennial in 2011, and the Junior Council re-enacted two of the town's earliest council meetings (which had been held originally on July 18 and September 16, 1911, respectively).

List for former mayors[edit]

List of former mayors:[9]

  • Vivian de Vere Dowker (1911–1917)
  • Fred. J. Shaw (1917–1925)
  • John Watterson (1925–1931)
  • Erastus W. Wilson (1931–1933)
  • Walter Maughan (1933–1935, 1937–1941, 1943–1945)
  • C. J. Smith (1935–1937)
  • Alexander Howard Pirie (1941–1943)
  • W. Frederic MacBride (1945–1947)
  • Frederic W. Case (1947–1951)
  • Jean Gélinas (1951–1955)
  • William Harvey Cruickshank (1955–1957)
  • Thomas Roche Lee (1957–1961)
  • Lars J. Firing (1961–1965)
  • A. Clark Graham (1965–1977)
  • David H. Kennedy (1977–1983)
  • Anne Myles (1983–2002)
  • Maria Tutino (2006–2020)
  • Heidi Ektvedt (2020–present)


The Centre de services scolaire Marguerite-Bourgeoys operates Francophone public schools, but were previously operated by the Commission scolaire Marguerite-Bourgeoys until June 15, 2020. The change was a result of a law passed by the Quebec government that changed the school board system from denominational to linguistic.[18] École primaire Joseph-Henrico is located in the city.[19]

The Lester B. Pearson School Board operates English-language public schools. Dorset Elementary School is in the city.[20] A portion is zoned to Christmas Park Elementary School and St. Edmund Elementary School in Beaconsfield.[21]

The Alexander von Humboldt Schule Montréal, a private German international school, is in the town.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Banque de noms de lieux du Québec: Reference number 388456". (in French). Commission de toponymie du Québec.
  2. ^ "First Citizen of Baie d'Urfé". Archived from the original on 2022-01-25. Retrieved 2020-03-16.
  3. ^ a b Baie-D'Urfé – History and Heritage
  4. ^ "Ministère des Affaires municipales, des Régions et de l'Occupation du territoire: Baie-D'Urfé". Archived from the original on 2012-05-01. Retrieved 2012-03-11.
  5. ^ Parliament of Canada Federal Riding History: LAC-SAINT-LOUIS (Quebec)[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ a b "Census Profile, 2021 Census, Statistics Canada - Validation Error".
  7. ^ The town's name
  8. ^ a b Town of Baie-D'Urfé website
  9. ^ a b "Répertoire des entités géopolitiques: Baie-D'Urfé (ville) 30.6.1911 - 1.1.2002 ● 1.1.2006 - ..." Institut généalogique Drouin. Retrieved 20 January 2022.
  10. ^ "Organismes reconnus offrant des services dans une langue autre que le français". 2022-12-19. Retrieved 2023-04-20.
  11. ^ "Population and dwelling counts: Canada, provinces and territories, and census subdivisions (municipalities), Quebec". Statistics Canada. February 9, 2022. Retrieved August 29, 2022.
  12. ^ "2021 Community Profiles". 2021 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. February 4, 2022. Retrieved 2023-10-19.
  13. ^ "2016 Community Profiles". 2016 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. August 12, 2021. Retrieved 2022-01-20.
  14. ^ "2011 Community Profiles". 2011 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. March 21, 2019. Retrieved 2022-01-20.
  15. ^ "2006 Community Profiles". 2006 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. August 20, 2019.
  16. ^ "2001 Community Profiles". 2001 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. July 18, 2021.
  17. ^ a b Baie-D'Urfé Town Council
  18. ^ "Recherche d'établissements." Commission scolaire Marguerite-Bourgeoys. Retrieved on December 8, 2014.
  19. ^ "Pour nous joindre Archived 2016-04-19 at the Wayback Machine." École primaire Joseph-Henrico. Retrieved on April 11, 2016. "20, rue Maughan Baie d'Urfé, Qc H9X 3C9"
  20. ^ "Contact Us." Dorset Elementary School. Retrieved on April 11, 2016. "106 Dorset Road Baie D'Urfé, Québec H9X 2Z6"
  21. ^ "School Board Map Archived 2017-09-21 at the Wayback Machine." Lester B. Pearson School Board. Retrieved on September 28, 2017.

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