Senneville, Quebec

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Gatekeeper's Cottage, Senneville
Gatekeeper's Cottage, Senneville
"Né sous le lys il fleurit sous l'érable"
(Born under the lily, flourishes under the maple)
Location on the Island of Montreal. (Outlined areas indicate demerged municipalities).
Location on the Island of Montreal.
(Outlined areas indicate demerged municipalities).
Senneville is located in Southern Quebec
Location in southern Quebec.
Coordinates: 45°25′N 73°57′W / 45.417°N 73.950°W / 45.417; -73.950Coordinates: 45°25′N 73°57′W / 45.417°N 73.950°W / 45.417; -73.950[1]
Country Canada
Province Quebec
ConstitutedJanuary 1, 2006
Named forJacques Le Ber[1]
 • MayorJulie Brisebois
 • Federal ridingLac-Saint-Louis
 • Prov. ridingJacques-Cartier
 • Total18.60 km2 (7.18 sq mi)
 • Land7.49 km2 (2.89 sq mi)
 • Total920
 • Density122.9/km2 (318/sq mi)
 • Pop 2006-2011
Decrease 4.4%
 • Dwellings
Time zoneUTC−5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Postal code(s)
Area code(s)514 and 438
Highways A-40 (TCH)
Non-native plant species of borderline hardiness, such as this tuliptree, thrive in Senneville's most favoured microclimate near Lac des Deux Montagnes.

Senneville (French pronunciation: ​[sɛnvil]) is an affluent on-island suburban village on the western tip of the Island of Montreal. It is the wealthiest town in the West Island.[5]

Situated close to the city of Montreal, it was historically a popular location for the summer homes of wealthy Montrealers.[6] Attractions include multiple golf clubs, a yacht club, and La Ferme du Fort Senneville,[7] an organic demonstration farm.[8] The Morgan Arboretum was founded here in 1953, and is today managed by Macdonald College; an important bird sanctuary, it is open to the public year-round.[9] Fort Senneville was constructed here in 1671, but its ruins are on private land and are not accessible to the public. The historic core of the village was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 2002.[10]

On January 1, 2002, as part of the 2002–2006 municipal reorganization of Montreal, Senneville was merged into the city of Montreal and became part of the borough of Pierrefonds-Senneville. However, after a change of government and a 2004 referendum, it was re-constituted as an independent municipality on January 1, 2006.


All of Senneville lies over dolostone. In contrast to the monotony of this bedrock, there are many types of soil in the municipality. Clay is common near the northeastern corner and part of the western shores. Sand dominates many inland areas; it is rapidly drained in places but often has impeded drainage due to the type of hardpan which develops in podzols. Near-shore areas along the northern margin have extensive areas of glacial till which forms a calcareous well-drained loam.

The loamy slopes overlooking Lac des Deux Montagnes are excellent for fruit trees and tender plants due to fertile soils, good drainage, and the moderating effect on microclimate provided by the lake.


Meaning “Born under the lily [of France], flourishes under the maple [of Canada]”, this phrase captures the history of Senneville.[11]


Senneville Town Hall

The current mayor of Senneville is Jane Guest. There are six city councilors.

  1. François Vaqué (District 1)
  2. Charles Mickie (District 2)
  3. Brian McManus (District 3)
  4. Julie Brisebois (District 4)
  5. Dennis Dicks (District 5)
  6. Peter Csenar (District 6)


Historical populations

As of the census of 2001, there were 970 people, 360 households, and 305 families residing in the village. The population density was 129.51/km² . There were 371 housing units at an average density of 49.53/km². The racial makeup of the village was 95.88% White, 1.89% Black Canadian, 1.55% Aboriginal, 2.06% Asian Canadian, and 1.03% Latin American.

In the village the population was spread out with 16.0% under the age of 15, 12.9% from 15 to 24, 39.7% from 25 to 44, 34.5% from 45 to 64, and 15.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females there were 100.0 males. For every 100 females age 15 and over, there were 103.7 males.

There were 360 households out of which 34.7% had children living with them, 70.8% were married couples living together, 0.0% had a female lone-parent as a householder, and 18.1% of all households were made up of individuals. The average married-couple family size was 3.0.

Christians made up 84.0% of the population, or 66.5% Catholic, 16.5% Protestant, 1.0% Orthodox Christian, and 0.0% other Christian. Other religions in the village include 3.6% Jewish, 2.1% Eastern religions, and 0.0% other religions. 9.8% of the population claimed to have no religious affiliation.

The median income for a household in the village was $95,347, and the median income for a family was $104,199. Males had an average income of $84,467 versus $47,349 for females. About 1.8% of the labour force was unemployed. The largest occupation categories were 31.8% employed in management occupations, 16.4% sales and service occupations, and 12.7% in social science, education, government service and religion occupations.

The 2006 census found that 55% of residents spoke English, and 36% spoke French, as their mother tongue.[13] The 2011 census found that 48.37% of residents spoke English and 34.78% spoke French, as their mother tongue.[14]

Mother Tongue Population (2006) Percentage (2006) Population (2011) Percentage (2011)
English 525 55% 445 48.37%
French 345 36% 320 34.78%
German 30 3.2% 20 2.17%
Arabic 15 1.6% 10 1.08%
Polish 10 1.1% 10 1.08%
Swedish 10 1.1% 0 0.00%


The Commission scolaire Marguerite-Bourgeoys operates Francophone public schools.[15] It operates the École secondaire Saint-Georges.[16]

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

Notable residents[edit]

Notable past and present residents include Christopher Plummer, Corey Hart, Lino Saputo, Janina Fialkowska and Ken Dryden.

Geographic location[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Reference number 388473 of the Commission de toponymie du Québec (in French)
  2. ^ a b Ministère des Affaires municipales, des Régions et de l'Occupation du territoire: Senneville
  3. ^ Parliament of Canada Federal Riding History: LAC-SAINT-LOUIS (Quebec)
  4. ^ a b 2011 Statistics Canada Census Profile: Senneville, Quebec
  5. ^
  6. ^ Friedman, Avi (October 2007). "A Methodology for the Preservation of the Architectural Heritage of Senneville, Quebec, Canada". Journal of Urban Design. 12 (3): 359–373. doi:10.1080/13574800701602494. Retrieved 2009-08-19.
  7. ^ La Ferme du Fort Senneville Archived 2009-05-27 at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ Horizon Properties
  9. ^ Morgan Arboretum
  10. ^ Senneville Historic District. Canadian Register of Historic Places. Retrieved February 5, 2012.
  11. ^
  12. ^ "Profil sociodéographique: Ville de Senneville" (PDF) (in French). Ville de Montréal. 2013. Retrieved 28 October 2013.
  13. ^ "Senneville, VL". Detailed Mother Tongue (103), Knowledge of Official Languages (5), Age Groups (17A) and Sex (3) for the Population of Canada, Provinces, Territories, Census Divisions and Census Subdivisions, 2006 Census - 20% Sample Data. Statistics Canada. 2007-11-20. Retrieved 2008-02-06.
  14. ^ Canada 2011 Census Senneville Profile
  15. ^ "ÉCOLES ET CENTRES." Commission Scolaire Marguerite-Bourgeoys. Retrieved on December 7, 2014.
  16. ^
  17. ^ "School Board Map." Lester B. Pearson School Board. Retrieved on September 28, 2017.
  • T. H. Clark, 1972. Région de Montreal. Rapport Géologique 152, Ministère des Richesses Naturelles, Québec.
  • P. Lajoie and R. Baril, 1954. Soil Survey of Montreal, Jesus and Bizard Islands in the Province Of Quebec. Queen's Printer and Controller of Stationery, Ottawa

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