Lachine, Quebec

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Bike paths by the Lachine Canal
Bike paths by the Lachine Canal
Official logo of Lachine
Location of Lachine on the Island of Montreal. (Grey areas indicate demerged municipalities).
Location of Lachine on the Island of Montreal.
(Grey areas indicate demerged municipalities).
Coordinates: 45°26′25″N 73°42′20″W / 45.44028°N 73.70556°W / 45.44028; -73.70556
Country Canada
Province Quebec
Parish of Saints-Anges-de-la-Chine1676
Montreal mergerJanuary 1, 2002
Electoral Districts

 • TypeBorough
 • MayorMaja Vodanovic (PM)
 • Federal MP(s)Anju Dhillon (LPC)
 • Quebec MNA(s)Enrico Ciccone (PLQ)
 • Land17.75 km2 (6.85 sq mi)
 • Total44,489
 • Change (2011-16)
 • Dwellings (2006)
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
Postal code(s)
Area code(s)(514) and (438)
Access Routes[4]

Route 138

Lachine (French pronunciation: ​[laʃin]) is a borough (arrondissement) within the city of Montreal on the Island of Montreal in southwestern Quebec, Canada. It was an autonomous city until the municipal mergers in 2002.


Church of Saints-Anges-Gardiens, built 1919-1920.

Lachine, apparently from the French term la Chine (China), is often said to have been named in 1667, in mockery of its then owner René-Robert Cavelier de La Salle, who explored the interior of North America trying to find a passage to China. When he returned without success, he and his men were derisively named les Chinois (the Chinese). The name was adopted when the parish of Saints-Anges-de-la-Chine was created in 1676,[5] with the form Lachine appearing with the opening of a post office in 1829.[6]

An alternative etymology attributes the name to the famous French explorer Samuel de Champlain, who also hoped to find a passage from the Saint Lawrence River to China. According to this version, in 1618 Champlain proposed that a customs house would tax the trade goods from China passing this point, hence the name Lachine.[7]

On August 4, 1689, more than 1500 Mohawk warriors raided the small village and burned it to the ground in retaliation for the ravaging of the Seneca lands, which was accused having been committed by the governor of New France, the Marquis de Denonville. The Lachine massacre left 80 dead.

Lachine was incorporated as a village in 1848, then it became a town in 1872 and a city in 1909.[8] In 1912 it annexed the neighbouring Town of Summerlea, itself founded in 1895.[9] It merged with the town of Saint-Pierre in 1999, and the combined municipality merged into Montreal on January 1, 2002. Lachine's logo during its municipality days is still in use today.


The borough is located in the southwest portion of the island of Montreal, at the inlet of the Lachine Canal, between the borough of LaSalle and the city of Dorval. It was a separate city until the municipal mergers on January 1, 2002, and it did not demerge on January 1, 2006.[10]

The borough is bordered to the northwest by the city of Dorval, to the northeast by Saint-Laurent, to the east by Côte Saint-Luc, Montreal West and a narrow salient of Le Sud-Ouest, and to the south by LaSalle. Its western limit is the shore of Lake Saint-Louis and the Saint Lawrence River.

It has an area of 17.83 km² (7 sq. mi.) and a population of 44,489 per the 2016 Canadian Census.


Historical populations
Home Language (2016)
Language Population Percentage (%)
French 23,750 60%
English 11,880 29%
Non Official language only 4,555 11%
Mother Tongue (2016)
Language Population Percentage (%)
French 23,320 56%
English 9,700 24%
Non Official language only 8,275 20%
Visible Minorities (2016)
Ethnicity Population Percentage (%)
Not a visible minority 32,250 75.9%
Visible minorities 10,255 24.1%


Municipal government[edit]

As of the November 7, 2021 Montreal election, the current borough council consists of the following members:

District Position Name   Party
 — Borough mayor
City councillor
Maja Vodanovic   Projet Montréal
 — City councillor Vicki Grondin   Projet Montréal
Du Canal Borough councillor Micheline Rouleau   Projet Montréal
Fort-Rolland Borough councillor Michèle Flannery   Projet Montréal
J.-Émery-Provost Borough councillor Younes Boukala   Projet Montréal

Federal and provincial districts[edit]

The entire borough is located within the federal riding of Dorval-Lachine-LaSalle, and within the provincial electoral district of Marquette.


Trading Post on the Lachine Canal.

Autoroute 20 passes through Lachine, which is also served by the Lachine commuter train station.

Most noticeable of Lachine's features is the Lachine Canal and its recreational facilities, including the Lachine Canal National Historic Site. Around the canal's inlet, in the southern part of the borough, are located The Fur Trade at Lachine National Historic Site, René Lévesque Park (on a long peninsula extending into Lac Saint-Louis), and the Musée de Lachine, which has collections of modern outdoor sculpture both on its own grounds, in René Lévesque Park, and in other sites throughout the borough. Other historic buildings are also located near the canal's inlet.


The Fontaine de Vie at Lachine Borough Hall

A memorial to Air India Flight 182 is located in Monk Island, in Lachine. It was inaugurated in 2010.[12]


Primary and secondary schools[edit]

Collège Sainte-Anne

The Commission scolaire Marguerite-Bourgeoys operates Francophone public schools.[13]

Adult schools include:

  • Centre d'éducation des adultes de LaSalle, Édifice Boileau

Professional development centres include:

  • Centre de formation professionnelle de Lachine (CFP), Édifice Dalbé-Viau and Édifice de la Rive

Secondary schools include:

Primary schools include:

École Primaire Victor Therien
  • École Primaire des Berges-de-Lachine
  • École Primaire Jardin-des-Saints-Anges
  • École Primaire Martin-Bélanger
  • École Primaire Paul-Jarry
  • École Primaire Philippe-Morin
  • École Primaire Très-Saint-Sacrement

The Lester B. Pearson School Board (LBPSB) operates Anglophone public schools.

  • Lakeside Academy (a merger of Lachine High School and Bishop Whelan High School)
  • Maple Grove Elementary School in Lachine, a merger of the Meadowbrook School in Lachine and the Bishop-Whelan School in Dorval, opened in August 2010[14]
  • A portion is zoned to LaSalle Elementary Junior and Senior Campus in LaSalle[15]
  • The Pearson Electrotechnology Centre (PEC; Centre d'électrotechnologie Pearson), a public vocational school of the LBPSB, is in Lachine.[16]

Public libraries[edit]

The Montreal Public Libraries Network operates the Saint-Pierre Branch and the Saul-Bellow Branch in Lachine.[17]

Notable residents[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Ministère des Affaires Municipales et Régions: Lachine". Archived from the original on 2012-12-16. Retrieved 2012-03-14.
  2. ^ a b 2006 Statistics Canada Community Profile: Lachine, Quebec
  3. ^ "Population totale en 2006 et en 2011 - Variation — Densité" (PDF). Canada 2016 Census (in French). Ville de Montréal. 2012. Retrieved 28 December 2017.
  4. ^ Official Transport Quebec Road Map
  5. ^ Site archéologique de l'Église-des-Saints-Anges-de-Lachine
  6. ^ "Commission de toponymie du Québec - Lachine (Ville)". Archived from the original on 2015-05-25. Retrieved 2008-04-16.
  7. ^ Brook, Timothy (2007). Vermeer's Hat: The Seventeenth Century and the Dawn of the Global World. London: Bloomsbury Press. p. 46. ISBN 978-1-59691-444-5.
  8. ^ Lachine's first city hall (click on "Read More" at bottom)
  9. ^ Fougères, Dany; Shaffer, Valérie (2018). "An Undivided Island: Domination at the Dawn of a New Era". In Fougères, D.; MacLeod, R. (eds.). Montreal: The History of a North American City. McGill-Queen's University Press. pp. 435, 437. ISBN 978-0-7735-5128-2.
  10. ^ "Musée de Lachine".
  11. ^ "Ville de Montréal - Montréal en statistiques - Lachine".
  12. ^ "Memorial to victims of Air India bombing inaugurated in Lachine." CTV Montreal. Sunday December 5, 2010. Retrieved on December 7, 2014.
  13. ^ "ÉCOLES ET CENTRES." Commission Scolaire Marguerite-Bourgeoys. Retrieved on December 7, 2014.
  14. ^ "Home." Maple Grove Elementary School. Retrieved on December 7, 2014.
  15. ^ "School Board Map." Lester B. Pearson School Board. Retrieved on September 28, 2017.
  16. ^ "Home Archived 2014-11-11 at the Wayback Machine." Pearson Electrotechnology Centre. Retrieved on December 7, 2014.
  17. ^ "Les bibliothèques par arrondissement." Montreal Public Libraries Network. Retrieved on December 7, 2014.
  18. ^ Converse, Cathy (2018) [2008]. Horsdal, Marlyn (ed.). Following the Curve of Time: The Untold Story of Capi Blanchet (Book) (2nd ed.). TouchWood Editions. ISBN 978-1-77151-296-1.

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Coordinates: 45°25′54″N 73°40′30″W / 45.43167°N 73.67500°W / 45.43167; -73.67500