Whether they appear to be our best cities to retire or our best cities to live, each of our 15 small cities play an important role in the public and private environment of the Island of Montreal.
The City of Beaconsfield offers no less than 57 parks and green spaces including school parks, outdoor pools and yacht clubs. The City also offers a municipal building where sports and entertainment events, conferences and weddings take place.
The city has a lot to offer to its residents including three Boat Ramps, one Yatch Club and one Beaconsfield Boulevard along the shore of the Lac Saint-Louis. Also offered is a large variety of programs and services including adults, seniors and teen activities such as golf clinics, summer camps and skating lessons. .
Beaconsfield is also home to the Beaurivage Village where breakfast is served in the old general store and where a visit to an art gallery can be followed by a pleasant stroll on the wide sidewalks of the boulevard and by a rest on a shaded bench.
The City of Côte Saint-Luc is the third largest best city to retire on the island of Montreal. Its population is close to 35 000 citizens and its median age is close to 46 years old. The City is also home to seven Synagogues and one Catholic church.
With its sports and recreation programs, its aquatic centre, its 29 parks, its municipal public library, one of the best in the province, the City located in the West End of the Island of Montreal offers quite an interesting environment and community.
Apart from being a bilingual city with a diverse, mainly English-speaking population, Côte Saint-Luc is one of the first cities to ban pesticides, to require bicycle helmets and to introduce a "Citizens on Patrol" program.
In the early 1970s, the City of Dollard-des-Ormeaux created a unique Centennial Park now composed of an oasis of natural beauty and a recreation area of 120 acres around an artificial lake. The City also created a neighbourhood parks concept that provides for a park within one kilometer of each home.
Summer activities in any of the 33 parks of this best small City include baseball, softball, soccer, volleyball and outdoor bocce, while snow sledding, snow shoeing, cross-country skiing, skating and sliding down the toboggan hill take over in the winter.
Adjacent to City Hall, a Civic Centre houses three skating rinks and two indoor swimming pools, a Cultural Centre offers a reception hall, an art gallery and a large library and, a Community Centre houses a Banquet Hall and meeting rooms.
The City of Beaconsfield is surrounded by Baie-D'Urfé, Kirkland, Dollard-des-Ormeaux and Pointe-Claire.
The City of Côte-Saint-Luc is surrounded by Lachine, Saint-Laurent, Hampstead, and Montreal Ouest.
The City of Dollard-des-Ormeaux is surrounded by Kirkland, Pierrefonds-Roxboro, Dorval and Pointe-Claire.