L'Ile-Bizard-Sainte-Genevieve borough is a peaceful environment located in the West part of the Island of Montreal. The borough is home to three golf courses, a nature park, many green spaces, great outdoors and a quiet residential atmosphere.
The borough is bordered by two recreational boating rivers, the Lac des Deux-Montagnes that surrounds L'Ile-Bizard and the Riviere-des-Prairies that circles l'Ile-Bizard and that flows along the north shore of the Sainte-Genevieve area.
Boroughs on shores such as L'Ile-Bizard–Sainte-Geneviève , Pierrefonds-Roxboro, Ahuntsic-Cartierville, Montreal-Nord and Riviere-des-Prairies–Pointe-aux-Trembles are most likely to be flooded. Residents do need to be aware of flooding risks and must establish a proper family Safety Plan.
A peaceful living environment and a predominantly young and family-oriented population that exerts constant pressure on the many services that must be provided, need to be provided to the residents by the borough and by the City of Montreal.
The city of Montreal is composed of 19 boroughs that each hold specific powers.
Borough local services such as garbage collection, recreation and
culture, parking permits and most road construction and City local
services such as public security, the environment and urban planning.
Many green spaces and parks including the Bois-de-l'Ile-Bizard Nature Park and many interesting recreational facilities such as a public library and a "chalet scout" loaned to the local scouts and used as a gathering place.
Also very appealing are the many different sports and recreation facilities available such as local golf courses, skating rinks, outdoor pools, tennis courts and sports centers.
L'Ile-Bizard-Sainte-Genevieve is the least populated borough in the City of Montreal and the most bilingual. In average, the local annual household income is clearly higher, half as high as the households of the City of Montreal.
However, a commercial revitalization approach is required, especially in Sainte-Genevieve where the income is equivalent to the rest of the City of Montreal and where ample space for new residential constructions is available.
The economy of L'Ile-Bizard-Sainte-Genevieve borough with its six islands, more than 500 waterside properties, close to 35 km of shoreline and over 350,000 square meters of waterside land is a lot about protecting the local environment.
Actions hostile to water do create harmful consequences such as an excessive proliferation of algae, a degradation of water, quality hazards to health, ongoing erosion of riverbanks and a decrease in market value of properties.
L'Ile-Bizard is characterized by its three famous golf courses. Golf Saint-Raphael with its two prestigious courses, the Royal Montreal Golf Club founded in 1873 and the Elm Ridge Country Club with its two 18-hole Championship courses.
Then again, Sainte-Genevieve is also characterized by the very convenient Cégep Gérald Godin, a Quebec poet, a journalist and a politician.
A borough with important bylaws regarding curfew in parks, demolition, fire places and wood heating, grass, weeds and branches, pesticides, reserved parking, septic tanks, shoreline protection, signs and posters, snow removal....
Also Important are permits regarding construction work, ground or above-ground pools, dogs, cats, renovation work, tree felling, yard sales... along with a detailed and useful Citizen's Handbook prepared and made available by Richard Bélanger, a former mayor of the borough.
The borough or, more precisely the Sainte-Genevieve area is served by STM buses numbers 207, 407, 201 and 401 and by a public taxi system.
A Taxi collectif in French, Taxibus Service in English offers the following services: "Residents of L'Ile-Bizard can benefit from a Taxibus service running continuously from 6 A.M. to 10 P.M. They can also take advantage of additional hours of service to the Complexe Sportif Saint-Raphael."
L'Ile-Bizard is surrounded by Sainte-Genevieve on the island of Montreal and by the island of Laval. While a cable ferry connects L'Ile-Bizard to Laval-sur-le-Lac, the Jacques-Bizard Bridge is the only passage between l'Ile Bizard and the Island of Montreal.
Built in 1965-66, the present bridge offers three lanes, a bike lane and a sidewalk but, the population grew over the past decades and the Jacques-Bizard Bridge is often if not always congested, especially during rush hours.
The bridge, unfortunately, is one of the most degraded structure of the Island of Montreal. Fortunately, a new bridge has
been approved by previous mayor Denis Coderre and by the then executive committee of the City of Montreal.
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