Beaconsfield is a suburb on the Island of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Incorporated in 1910, named in honour of Benjamin Disraeli, Earl of Beaconsfield, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and close confidant of Queen Victoria, the city's historical roots go back as far as 1698. It is part of the Greater Montreal region locally referred to as the West Island. It is a prestigious residential community located on the north shore of Lac Saint-Louis, bordered on the west by Baie-D'Urfé, north by Kirkland and east by Pointe-Claire. Beaconsfield, in its current form, was developed as a cottage community by affluent Montreal residents. Over the decades, the city has transformed from summer homes, to year-round residents, and has flourished.
The population of Beaconsfield, as of the Canada 2016 Census, is 19,324. While the population is predominantly anglophone, 77% of residents speak both official languages of Canada. Most residents live in single-family homes, though there are residents of townhouses and apartment buildings.
As part of the 2002-2006 municipal reorganization of Montreal Beaconsfield and neighbouring Baie-D'Urfé became the borough of Beaconsfield-Baie-D'Urfé and were merged into the city of Montreal. After a change of government, and the 2004 referendum, both Baie-D'Urfé and Beaconsfield voted to de-merge from Montreal. On January 1, 2006, they were reconstituted as independent cities. They still remain part of the urban agglomeration of Montreal.
The current mayor of Beaconsfield is Georges Bourelle. The city is currently served by six councillors:
- Dominique Godin (District 1)
- Karen Messier (District 2)
- Robert Mercuri (District 3)
- David Newell (District 4)
- Roger Moss (District 5)
- Al Gardner (District 6)
The last Municipal Election was held on November 2017.
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Recreation & Leisure
Centennial Hall community and cultural centre
Beaconsfield has quality facilities in order to meet the needs of its population. Many of Beaconsfield's social, cultural and athletic programs are made possible by a long-standing tradition of responsible government and citizen involvement.
- The Recreation Centre, an indoor recreation complex, with a full-sized ice rink, semi-olympic pool, gymnasium and youth centre. It is home to the Beaconsfield Bluefins, a competitive swim club that has trained athletes from beginner to national competition levels. It is also home to the Lakeshore Panthers, a Quebec minor hockey league, and the Beaconsfield Oldtimers Hockey Association.
- Two private yacht clubs on municipal land: Beaconsfield Yacht Club and Lord Reading Yacht Club.
- A number of neighbourhood parks, playgrounds, and playing fields, including numerous soccer fields, outdoor ice rinks, and baseball fields. Beaconsfield is part of the Lakeshore league, which has sports teams that include hockey, baseball, soccer, football, and tennis.
- The Beaconsfield Rugby Football Club which is a member of the Fédération de Rugby du Québec (FRQ).
- The Beaconsfield library, with an extensive digital and print collection and excellent reference services. Established in 1951, the library was housed in a broom closet and bookmobile. Only in 1968 did it move to its present location thanks to the financial aid of City Council.
- The historic cultural centre, Centennial Hall, where exhibitions and concerts take place.
- La Palette Art Gallery & Art School
- Saint James Park and Angell Woods.
- Village Beaurepaire, a commercial development in the heart of Beaconsfield which began in 1925 with the opening of a general store by Sidney Cunningham, the first president of the Beaconsfield Citizen's Association. Home to local bakeries, pubs, and shops.
The Commission scolaire Marguerite-Bourgeoys operates Francophone public schools in Beaconsfield.
Francophone primary schools:
- École primaire Beaconsfield
- École primaire Saint-Rémi
Francophone special purpose school:
- École primaire et secondaire John F. Kennedy
The Lester B. Pearson School Board (LBPSB) operates Anglophone public schools in Beaconsfield.
Anglophone vocational Education:
Anglophone adult Education:
Anglophone secondary schools:
Anglophone primary schools:
- Beacon Hill Elementary School
- Christmas Park Elementary School
- St. Edmund Elementary School
- Sherbrooke Academy Junior & Senior Schools
- Clearpoint Elementary School in Pointe-Claire serves some portions
Beaconsfield is served by the Réseau de transport métropolitain (RTM) train system, with two stations, Beaconsfield and Beaurepaire, on the Vaudreuil-Hudson line which ends in downtown Montreal. The city is also served by Société de transport de Montréal (STM) bus lines 200, 201, 211, 217, 221, 354, 361, 382, 401, 405, 411, and 425. Beaconsfield is also served directly by one major highway, Highway 20 (Autoroute 20) with two exits in Beaconsfield, exit 45 at Avenue Woodland, and exit 48 at Boulevard St-Charles. Access to Beaconsfield is also possible from the Highway 40 (Autoroute 40), exit Boulevard St-Charles - south (Sud).
Tom Mulcair and Jack Layton
- Geoffrey Kelley, Quebec Liberal Party MP in Jacques-Cartier and Minister for Native Affairs
- Mark Kelley, three time Gemini award winner for his live coverage and documentary work for CBC
- Blair MacKasey, former professional hockey defencemen, Director for the Minnesota Wild
- Mark McClellan, Senior Vice-President and The Bank Credit Analyst, BCA Research Inc
- Molson Family
- Thomas Mulcair, former leader of the federal New Democratic Party
- David Phillips, co-winner Canadian national squash championships
- Christopher Ragen, chair of Canada's Ecofiscal Commission and Associate Professor of Economics at McGill University
- Michael Soles, three-time Canadian Football League all-star and former Montreal Alouettes player
- Lorne Trottier, President of Matrox
- Louis Vachon, President of the National Bank of Canada
- Penny Vilagos, silver medalist in the women's duet at the 1992 Summer Olympics
- Marc-Édouard Vlasic, NHL hockey player with the San Jose Sharks
Notable Mass Murder
Beaconsfield has witnessed its share of grisly and gruesome murders. Some residents refer to it as the Bermuda Triangle of Beaconsfield because spanning the decade between 1995 and 2006 multiple homicides and murder-suicides took place inside homes that were all within a half a kilometre of each other.
- April 1995, Frank Toope, a retired Anglican minister, and his wife Jocelyn were bludgeoned to death during a botched robbery by three youths -- aged 13, 14 and 15. All three youths have since reoffended as adults.
- May 2001, Margareth and Ed Fertuck were axed to death by their schizophrenic son, Geoff Fertuck, who committed suicide by jumping in front of a train.
- September 2001, John Bauer shot and killed his wife Helen, their three sons, Jonathan, Wesley and Justin, father-in-law Elmer Carroll and business partner Lucio Beccherini, over a three-day span before taking his own life after setting his house on fire. Their home was located on a street bordering Beaconsfield and Kirkland.
- October 2006, psychologist Dragolub Tzokovitch shot and killed his wife Mila Voynova, and two daughters, Iva and Alice, before taking his own life.
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- ^ Parliament of Canada Federal Riding History: LAC-SAINT-LOUIS (Quebec)
- ^ 2011 Statistics Canada Census Profile: Beaconsfield, Quebec
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