Best Small Towns


The Island of Montreal is composed of a total of 15 best small towns including the following three best small towns.  

Town of Baie d'Urfé


The Town of Baie-D'urfé social, cultural and musical activities are regularly  organized by many highly dedicated residents. Activities that meet all tastes and all interests and where everyone is more than welcome, whatever the season.   

In the Town of Baie-D'urfé volunteers are valuable and dedicated residents involved in many if not all parts of a public life that includes public security, recreation, culture, sports and many others.

Also interesting, the development of the Industrial Park of the Town of Baie-D'Urfé started in the late 1960s. The very first company to settle in the Park opened its doors in 1970 where approximately 80 different companies are now established.

Town of Dorval Island


The Town of Dorval Island,  our smallest best small town, was incorporated in 1915, merged with the City of Montreal in 2002 and became part of the Agglomeration of Montreal in 2006. 

The Dorval Island is one kilometre long and half a kilometre wide. An island that sits in the Lac St-Louis, a fluvial lake at the junction of the St-Lawrence and the Ottawa Rivers.

The roads are not paved, the 58 cottages open every spring, close every fall and the whole community makes sure the natural beauty of the Island is adequately safeguarded.

Town of Hampstead


An interesting fact about the Town of Hampstead is Kiryat Shemonah, a city located in the Northern District of Israel near the Lebanese border. Kiryat Shemonah and Hampstead are twin cities since September 1978.  

Also interesting, the original planners of the Town of Hampstead were greatly influenced by the development of the two Hampsteads in the north section of the City of London, England. The first being Hampstead proper and the other being Hampstead Garden Suburb. 

Our local Town of Hampstead is home to a little more than 7 000 people. Women represent 51,8% of the population and men represent 48.1%. Family characteristics show that more than two thirds of the families have children living at home and more than half of these children are between 0 and 14 years old.

Island of Montreal Best Small Towns

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The Town of Baie d'Urfé is surrounded by Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Kirkland and Beaconsfield. The Town of Dorval Island is surrounded by the City of Dorval and, the Town of Hampstead is surrounded by Côte-des-Neiges-Notre-Dame-de-Grâce and Côte-Saint-Luc. 

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Best Small Towns by Rachel Louise Barry

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Discovering the 60,000 or so companies established on the Island of Montreal.