Three more best small cities out of the eight cities located on the Island of Montreal including the City of Montreal and its 19 boroughs. Also on the Island of Montreal, six Towns, one Ville and one Village for a total of 16 different environments for your to discover.
One of the main assets of the City of Dorval could very well be its many "Purple Martin" swallows known for their speed and agility.
Every summer, from the end of April to mid-August, a magnificent lighthouse with 108 "bird condos" welcomes the swallows. Everyday, the gracious flights of the Purple Martins ecologically eliminate the insects that border the Lac Saint-Louis.
Also interesting is what the City of Dorval calls "block parties" where residents get together and get to know each other in a festive ambiance full of cordiality and solidarity. Block parties organized by the residents and supported and accompanied by the Leisure and Culture Department of the City.
Local restaurants with terraces are authorized from April 1st to October 30, from 8:00 AM to midnight. Servers are not allowed to prepare food and drinks on a terrace because terraces must be used for meal service only.
The City of Pointe-Claire is located on the shore of Lake Saint-Louis and offers to its residents an extensive urban forest along with a significant architectural and land heritage.
Pointe-Claire is fully aware of today's environmental, social and economic realities and, in order to improve the quality of life of its residents it has recently launched a number of sustainable development initiatives such as environmental protection, biodiversity preservation and economic efficiency.
The sports, cultural and community organizations of Pointe-Claire offer a wide varity of activities and services. To support all these activities and services, the City designed five Support Frameworks to make sure resources are available to all and to explain how to access the various types of support that are provided.
Before the arrival of the Europeans, the City of Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue was called Tiotenactokte "here are the last obstacles" by the Algonguins and Skanawetzy (descentes en) "eaux vives" by the Iroquois.
Since 2005 in Kelso Park a white pine tree represents the cultural program shared by Kahnawake and Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue. Also in Kelso Park, an ornamental plaque has been inaugurated in 2017 in honor of the Mohawk Nation.
Gastronomy, shopping and wellness are part the character and the atmosphere of the City, along with the diversity and the quality of its many boutiques and shops and its famous Marché Sainte-Anne opened every Saturdays.
Amont our more best small cities, the City of Westmount is definitely a "Metropolitan Gem" mostly because it lies on the western slopes of the Mount Royal and offers an urban forest, numerous parks, many playgrounds, thousands of city trees and carefully tended lawns and gardens on every street.
The City offers a Sports and Recreation Department where many different activities such as badminton, tennis, skating or swimming are offered. Activities that benefit from the collaboration of an important group of volunteers to coach a team, organize an activity or lend a hand during a special event.
Each Spring the city of Westmount offers herb and vegetable seedings as well as flowers to its population plus, the many local community gardens recently renovated offer a pleasant collective space for pleasure and for growing vegetables.
The City of Dorval is surrounded by Pointe-Claire, Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Saint-Laurent and Lachine. The City of Pointe-Claire is surrounded by Beaconsfield, Kirkland, Dollard-des-Ormeaux and Dorval.
The City of Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue is surrounded by Baie-D'Urfé, Senneville and Kirkland. The City of Westmount is surrounded by Le Sud-Ouest, Côte-des-Neiges-Notre-Dame-de-Grâce and Ville-Marie.
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