Saraguay, Montreal

Borough of Montreal
Papineau-Leblanc Bridge

Location of Ahuntsic-Cartierville on the Island of Montreal.
(Dark grey areas indicate demerged municipalities).
Country  Canada
Province  Quebec
Region Montréal
Established January 01, 2002
Electoral Districts

Provincial Saint-Laurent
 • Type Borough
 • Mayor Pierre Gagnier
 • Federal MP(s) Stéphane Dion (LIB)
Maria Mourani (Ind.)
 • Quebec MNA(s) Jean-Marc Fournier (PLQ)
Christine St-Pierre (PLQ)
Lisette Lapointe (PQ)
 • Total
Population (2011)[4]
 • Total 126,891
 • Density 5,252.1/km2 (13,603/sq mi)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Area code(s) (514) and (438)

Route 117

Ahuntsic-Cartierville (French pronunciation: ​[/a.ɔn.tsik.kaʁ.tje.vil/]) is a borough (arrondissement) of the city of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The borough was created following the 2002 municipal reorganization of Montreal. It comprises two main neighbourhoods, Ahuntsic, a former village annexed to Montreal in 1910 and Cartierville, a town annexed to Montreal in 1916.

Ahuntsic-Cartierville is located in the north end of Montreal, on the banks of the Rivière des Prairies. It traces its history to the fortified Sault-au-Récollet settlement, which was established by the Sulpicians in 1696. This in turn led to the colonization of the area.[5]



One of the oldest villages on the island of Montreal, Sault-au-Récollet still retains its village atmosphere with many houses dating from the 18th and 19th centuries. It was the original site of Fort Lorette, a trading post and mission for the conversion of the First Nations people of the area.

It grew prosperous in the 18th century with the construction of a mill on the rapids on the Rivière des Prairies (from which the village derives its name: Sault-au-Récollet, or Recollet Falls). A dam was built on the narrow arm of the river that passes between the village and Visitation Island, which splits the river in two at that point. A museum and cultural centre, the Maison du Pressoir, perpetuates this memory. A hydroelectric dam was built later and still exists further down the river.

The village and Île de la Visitation (Visitation Island) are surrounded by the green space of the Parc-Nature de l'Île de la Visitation. The village is noted for Visitation Church, one of the oldest churches in Montreal, which is a listed historical monument.


Main article: Cartierville

Cartierville grew as a suburb when it became in 1898 the north terminus of the Montreal Park and Island Railway tramway line, also known as the "17-Cartierville". Named in the honor of Sir George-Étienne Cartier, it became a village officially in 1906. During December 1912, it achieved city status. Two years later, the rural and agricultural part of Cartierville was granted independence from the city and was then known as Ville de Saraguay.

On 22 December 1916, the provincial government ordered the annexation of Cartierville to Montreal. The district was famous for the Belmont Park amusement park which operated from 1929 to the 1980s.


Main article: Nouveau-Bordeaux

New Bordeaux (or simply Bordeaux) was originally part of the independent village of Cartierville until it became its own municipality in 1898. The district was originally named Saint-Joseph de Bordeaux until 1906. One year later, Bordeaux attained city status. On June 4, 1910, it was annexed by the larger City of Montreal. The district was home to Maurice Richard, writer Claude Jasmin and Comte Daeylar.


The municipality of the Village of Ahuntsic was founded on January 21, 1897, by a proclamation of the Quebec provincial government. The council of the new village operated until 1910, when the province passed laws creating the charter of the City of Montreal. It was then annexed and later combined with Nouveau-Bordeaux, forming the district of Ahuntsic-Bordeaux. The city of Cartierville and Sault-au-Récollet were added in 1918.

In 1952, following a land exchange, Ahuntsic took over part of Saint-Laurent. The Ahuntsic-Cartierville borough was part of the City of Montreal prior to January 1, 2002. For further reading on pre-merger Montreal, see Karen Herland's book "People, Potholes and Politics".


In 1914, the rural and agricultural part of the city of Cartierville became independent, forming its own city. It was only in 1964, that Saraguay joined itself to the City of Montreal under law 2926 approved by the lieutenant-general of the province of Quebec.


The borough is located in the northern part of Montreal along the banks of the Rivière des Prairies, and includes some islands in the river such as Île aux Chats, Île Perry,[6] and Île de la Visitation. It is bounded to the east by Montréal-Nord, to the southeast by the borough of Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension, to the southwest by the borough of Saint-Laurent, and to the west by the borough of Pierrefonds-Roxboro. It has an area of 22.92 km² and a population of 125,160.



The borough's office is located at 555, rue Chabanel West, Montreal. The territory is divided into four districts.

Borough council

As of the November 1, 2009 Montreal municipal election, the current borough council consists of the following councillors:

District Position Name   Party
 — Borough mayor
City councillor
Pierre Gagnier |   Independent
Ahuntsic City councillor Émilie Thuillier |   Projet Montréal
Bordeaux-Cartierville City councillor Harout Chitilian |   Independent[7]
Saint-Sulpice City councillor Jocelyn Ann Campbell   Independent[8]
Sault-au-Récollet City councillor Étienne Brunet |   Vision Montréal

Federal and provincial

Federally, the borough is divided between the ridings of Saint-Laurent—Cartierville and Ahuntsic, with a small portion in the riding of Bourassa. Provincially, the borough is divided between the Saint-Laurent, Acadie, and Crémazie electoral districts.


Ahuntsic-Cartierville is the fifth largest borough in Montreal by population. It had 126,891 people as of the 2011 census, accounting for 7.7% of the city of Montreal's population.[9] The borough of Ahuntsic-Cartierville is spread over an area of 24.2 square kilometres (9.3 sq mi) and a population density of 5,252.1/km2 (13,603/sq mi).[9]

The median age in the borough is 40.7. 16% of the population is under 15 years of age, 11% are between 15 and 24, 14% are between 25 and 34, 41% are between 35 and 64 and 18% of the population is over the age of 65.[9]

In terms of mother tongue language, the linguistic makeup of the borough was 51.25% French, 10.18% Arabic, 5.09% Italian, 4.93% English, 4.10% Spanish, 2.85% Greek, 2.35% Creole, 2.12% Armenian, 1.06% Vietnamese, 1.03% Romanian, 1.00% Chinese, 0.79% Tamil, and 8.63% other languages not otherwise mentioned.[9] In terms of multiple responses, 0.84% first learned both English and French, 2.67% French and a non-official language, 0.62% English and a non-official language, and 0.46% English, French and a non-official language.[9]



The English Montreal School Board (EMSB) is in charge of English-language elementary and secondary schools in the borough of Ahuntsic-Cartierville. EMSB elementary schools include: John Caboto, Cedarcrest, Parkdale and St. Dorothy.



Ahuntsic-Cartierville is served by three stations on the north-eastern part of the Montreal Metro's Orange line which runs underneath Berri Street. Henri-Bourassa station located on Henri Bourassa Boulevard, Sauvé station located on Sauvé Street, and Crémazie station located on Crémazie Boulevard.

The borough is also served by one commuter rail station of the Agence métropolitaine de transport. Bois-de-Boulogne station on the Saint-Jérôme line is located on Henri Bourassa Blvd. Bois-Franc station on the Deux-Montagnes line is located on Henri Bourassa Blvd. in nearby Saint-Laurent. Two more commuter rail stations are under construction in the borough. Ahuntsic and Sauvé will both be on the future Repentigny-Mascouche line.

Two major Autoroutes are located in the Ahuntsic-Cartierville. Autoroute15 (Laurentian Autoroute/Autoroute des Laurentides) runs north-south and Autoroute 40 (Metropolitan Autoroute/Autoroute Métropolitaine) runs east-west.

Main boulevards include L'Acadie, Gouin, Laurentian and Salaberry.


Sacré-Coeur Hospital and Fleury Hospital service the area. The CLSC also responds to citizen's health care needs.

Sports and recreation

Ahuntsic-Cartierville features large parks along its riverside, such as Île Perry[6] and Parc de l'Île de la Visitation, which offer views of the river and of nearby Laval, Quebec. Marcelin Wilson Park, situated on L'Acadie Boulevard and further away from Rivière des Prairies, has an arena, a skate park, a pool, a playground, tennis courts and soccer fields. The borough is also traversed by the Route Verte, a province-wide network of bicycle paths. The Complexe sportif Claude-Robillard, located at 1000 Émile-Journault Avenue, is one of the main sport complexes in the area. The area was formerly the home of the Belmont Park amusement park.

The Orioles de Montréal baseball team of the Ligue de Baseball Élite du Québec play their home games at Marcel-Clement Field located in Ahuntsic Park.

See also


External links

  • Borough website (French)

Coordinates: 45°32′06″N 73°42′18″W / 45.5350°N 73.7050°W / 45.5350; -73.7050

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