West of Montréal, where country charm meets the best of city life
The West Island boasts the best of both worlds: beautiful nature and the best of city life. If you’re looking for a place that combines culture, history and nature, this is the island for you!
Take your pick of towns and neighbourhoods
The region is made up of three boroughs and 12 municipalities that are constantly evolving, with four nature parks, wooded trails, modern neighbourhoods and countless residential developments.
The perfect place to raise a family
On the West Island, family comes first. Two out of three households have kids here, and little ones can take their pick of places to play outside. The island has green spaces and nature parks to spare. And in 2021, new developments will regroup the nature parks of Bois-de-Liesse, L'Anse-à-l'Orme, Cap-Saint-Jacques and Bois-de-l'Île-Bizard to form the largest urban park in Canada, covering an area of 30 km2 (that’s eight times the size of Central Park!).
With Lac St-Louis and Deux Montagnes close by, there are countless outdoor activities to enjoy year round, and quaint local boutiques are just a stone’s throw away. Blending the best of nature and city life, the West Island is the perfect place for raising children.
Home to booming industries
The West Island is home to some of Québec’s highest profile companies in the life sciences, health technologies and aerospace sectors, hosting the headquarters of industry giants, such as Bombardier. McGill’s Macdonald campus is located in the picturesque town of Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, surrounded by a forest reserve spanning 245 hectares—the perfect place for students to get inspired!
Whether you’re looking to rent an apartment or buy your own home, Montréal West has a world of possibilities. If you’re thinking of renting, you can plan to spend around $900 CAD a month. And if you’re looking to own (like more than 50 percent of West Islanders), house prices are in line with the Greater Montréal average.
West Islanders can already count on several commuter trains and subway trains (the orange and blue lines) to get around. And when the Réseau express métropolitain (REM) project launches in 2022, they’ll be even better connected to Montréal Trudeau International Airport (YUL) and the city —a great asset if you work in the downtown core!