Montreal West, Quebec

Coordinates: 45°27′13″N 73°38′50″W / 45.45361°N 73.64722°W / 45.45361; -73.64722
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Montreal West
The Garden Suburb, MoWest[1]
Justitia Omnibus (Latin for "Justice for All")
Location on the Island of Montreal
Location on the Island of Montreal
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; -73.64722[2]
ConstitutedJanuary 1, 2006
 • MayorBeny Masella
 • Federal ridingNotre-Dame-de-Grâce—Westmount
 • Prov. ridingNotre-Dame-de-Grâce
 • Total1.42 km2 (0.55 sq mi)
 • Land1.37 km2 (0.53 sq mi)
 • Total5,115
 • Density3,737.9/km2 (9,681/sq mi)
 • Dwellings
Time zoneUTC−5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Postal code(s)
Area code(s)514 and 438

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Montreal West (French: Montréal-Ouest) is an on-island municipality 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 families, with 77% of the population speaking English as their primary language at home, the highest percentage on the island.

Sherbrooke Street, a major artery spanning most of the Island of Montreal, has its western terminus here, beginning at a T-intersection with the town's main street, Westminster Avenue.


In 1897, the Town of Montreal West was created when it separated from the Village Municipality of Notre-Dame-de-Grâce-Ouest. It had 50 houses and a population of 350 persons at that time. Its town hall was built in 1910.[2][6]

On January 1, 2002, as part of the 2002–2006 municipal reorganization in Montreal, Montreal West and the neighbouring 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.


Historical populations

In the 2021 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, Montréal-Ouest had a population of 5,115 living in 1,943 of its 2,031 total private dwellings, a change of 1.3% from its 2016 population of 5,050. With a land area of 1.37 km2 (0.53 sq mi), it had a population density of 3,733.6/km2 (9,669.9/sq mi) in 2021.[7]

Home Language (2016)[8]
Language Population Percentage (%)
English 3,640 77%
French 765 16%
Other 350 7%
Mother Tongue (2016)[8]
Language Population Percentage (%)
English 2,905 60%
French 920 19%
Other 1,000 21%
Visible Minorities (2016)[8]
Ethnicity Population Percentage (%)
Not a visible minority 3,150 78.2%
Visible minorities 880 21.8%
Montreal West United Church.

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). St. Philip's Anglican Church rents space to the New Life Korean Presbyterian Church.

Politics and government[edit]

Montreal West Town Hall

Municipal Council[9][edit]

District Position Name
Beny Masella
Seat 1 City councillor Lauren Small-Pennefather
Seat 2 City councillor Elizabeth Ulin
Seat 3 City councillor Colleen Feeney
Seat 4 City councillor Maria Torres

In terms of services, the town has its own Public Works Department, Public Security Department, a fire station, a community centre (named after former town mayor John A. Simms), and a town hall.

Law enforcement[edit]

The town's various codes and ordinances are upheld by its Public Security Department, consisting of a lieutenant with a team of "By-Law Enforcement Constables" under his supervision.

List of mayors[edit]

List of former mayors:[10]

  • 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 is located in the federal riding of Notre-Dame-de-Grâce—Westmount, represented by Marc Garneau, and the provincial riding of Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, represented by Désirée McGraw.


Canada Day[edit]

The Montreal West Canada Day Parade making its way along Westminster Avenue

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.

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 since 1950, where men from Montreal West separate into two teams, the Northern Combines in red longjohns and the Southern Bombers in green longjohns, and play a football game in the frigid weather with proceeds from donations, food, and commemorative pins going to charity.

Parks and recreation[edit]

The War Memorial of Montreal West.

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.

The core business area of Montreal West is located on Westminster Avenue between Sherbrooke and Curzon. Until 2010, it consisted exclusively of small, non-franchised businesses, but in a controversial decision,[11] the Pharmaprix drugstore chain was allowed to open a large outlet on the corner of Westminster and Sherbrooke Street.

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 or to the Montréal-Ouest Train Station. 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.

Bus routes servicing Montreal-West
Société de transport de Montréal
No. and Route Name Service Times Connections
51 Édouard-Montpetit All-Day local Montreal-Ouest (AMT)
90 Saint-Jacques All-Day local
105 Sherbrooke All-Day local Montreal-Ouest (AMT)
123 Dollard All-Day local Montreal-Ouest (AMT)
162 Westminster All-Day local Montreal-Ouest (AMT)
356 Sherbrooke Overnight local

It was also planned that the Pink Line (Montreal Metro) would be connecting in the Montreat Ouest region in the distant future.


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.

The town has a public children's library located in Elizabeth Ballantyne school. A library for all age groups is located on Westminster Avenue.


The Town of Montreal West prints a newspaper called The Informer on a monthly basis, excluding the summer. There are 9 editions of The Informer published per year. This newspaper is meant to foster a small-town atmosphere and to keep Montreal West citizens up to date on town information. The Informer was initially published under the name The Citizen's Viewspaper in 1973 by a group of Montreal West citizens before being changed to its current name. The Town of Montreal West has agreed to subsidize this paper to date.[12]

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "The MoWest Canada Day parade is returning Friday, July 1!" (PDF). The Informer. Retrieved 24 August 2022.
  2. ^ a b "Banque de noms de lieux du Québec: Reference number 388461". (in French). Commission de toponymie du Québec.
  3. ^ a b "Répertoire des municipalités: Montréal-Ouest". (in French). Ministère des Affaires municipales et de l'Habitation. Retrieved 20 June 2022.
  4. ^ "Parliament of Canada Federal Riding History: NOTRE-DAME-DE-GRÂCE--LACHINE (Quebec)". Archived from the original on 2012-10-06. Retrieved 2009-03-31.
  5. ^ "Montréal-Ouest, Ville (V) Census Profile, 2021 Census of Population". Government of Canada - Statistics Canada. 9 February 2022. Retrieved 20 June 2022.
  6. ^ "Town History". Montreal West. 26 July 2018. Retrieved 20 June 2022.
  7. ^ "Population and dwelling counts: Canada, provinces and territories, and census subdivisions (municipalities), Quebec". Statistics Canada. February 9, 2022. Retrieved August 29, 2022.
  8. ^ a b c "Montreal West, Quebec (Code 2466047) Census Profile". 2016 census. Government of Canada - Statistics Canada.
  9. ^ "Town Council | Montreal West". Retrieved 10 November 2023.
  10. ^ "Répertoire des entités géopolitiques: Montréal-Ouest (ville) 9.1.1897 - 1.1.2002 ● 1.1.2006 - ..." Institut généalogique Drouin. Retrieved 20 June 2022.
  11. ^ "Proposed pharmacy draws controversy". CBC News. October 21, 2010.
  12. ^ "The Informer | Montreal West". 6 July 2018.

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