Beaconsfield—named for 19th century British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli (Earl of Beaconsfield)—is a largely residential community that has a population of almost 20,000. It nestles along the shore of Lake St. Louis, and is bordered to the east by Pointe Claire, to the west by Baie d’Urfé and to the north by Kirkland.
Incorporated in 1910, its colonial origins date to the 1600s. Like the rest of the West Island, it was agricultural. However, from the late 19th century to the Second World War, Beaconsfield was also a summertime lure for Montrealers who vacationed in cottages, hotels, and private estates there.
Beaconsfield developed fast in the post-war period, attracting homebuyers in search of a quiet, suburban lifestyle.
Beaconsfield fast facts:
English: Beaconsfield High School, Christmas Park Elementary, Allencroft Elementary, Beacon Hill Elementary, St. Edmund Elementary, Sherbrooke Academy, Place Cartier, Gordon Robertson Beauty Academy.
French: École Saint-Rémi, École Primaire Beaconsfield, École spécialisée John-F.-Kennedy.
Recreational and Cultural Facilities: Arena, 25-metre indoor swimming pool, gymnasium, three multi-purpose rooms, basketball court, two badminton courts, Centennial Hall Cultural Centre, outdoor skating rinks (six), library, lawn-bowling club.
Outdoor Activities: Angell Woods (public green space), Centennial Park beach, Beaconsfield Yacht Club, Lord Reading Yacht Club.
Houses of Worship: Beaconsfield United Church, Christ Church Beaurepaire, St. Edmund of Canterbury Church, Beaurepaire United Church, Briarwood Presbyterian Church.