Two interesting facts among many others about the Town of Montreal West, the CPR Block Tower at the Westminster Railway Crossing and the Town Hall built in 1910 where a tavern known as the Halfway House was once located. Taverns where beer drinking was a man's only pastime and where "ladies" were not admitted.
In 1997, and to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Montreal West, many volunteers from the community purchased and restored the CPR Block Tower at the Westminster Railway Crossing.
A Tower that now houses a museum with artifacts and with information regarding the historical aspects of the Town. A more than a century-old community with single family dwellings on quiet streets lined with trees along with an ideal place to work, live and play simply because of its small town quality of life and its proximity to the City of Montreal.
In Montreal West, 77% of the local residents can hold a conversation in French and in English. French being the official language in the Province of Quebec and French and English being the two official languages in Canada.
A Town where local residents also speak Italian, Spanish, Russian, Polish, Chinese, Farsi, Arabic, German, Greek and Romanian. As for the 15 or so Aboriginal Peoples living in Montreal West, all members of the community are Métis.
A Town where 78% of the local residents are owners and 22% are tenants and where private dwellings are divided into two categories, 2% condominiums and 98% other dwellings.
Among those other dwellings, detached houses account for 43%, buildings with less than 5 stories account for 23%, semi-detached houses account for 20%. duplex houses account for 12% and townhouses account for 2%.
In the Town of Montreal West, the majority of the population is non-immigrant and accounts for 75%, the immigrant population accounts for 24% and the non permanent residents account for 1% (*).
(*) Technically and according to Statistics Canada: "non-permanent residents (NPRs) are persons who have been legally granted the right to live in Canada on a temporary basis under the authority of a temporary resident permit, along with members of their family living with them".