L’Ile-Bizard, an island across from the northwestern shore of Montreal Island, dates to the late 17th century, when Jacques Bizard was granted the island for settlement. The municipality of Ste. Genevieve, established in 1859, is nearby on the Montreal Island. The two are connected by the Jacques Bizard Bridge, and were amalgamated with the City of Montreal to become a borough.
Until suburban development began in the mid-20th century, which was accelerated by the building of Autoroute 40, the municipalities were largely agricultural.
Ile Bizard saw the creation of several private golf clubs during the 1950s on previously agricultural land: the Royal Montreal Golf Club, Elm Ridge Country Club and Club de Golf St. Raphaël.
Geographically, the borough comprises 23.6 square kilometres and has a population of about 18,000.
L’Ile-Bizard-Sainte-Geneviève fast facts
Français: École Primaire Jacques Bizard, École Primaire Jonathan-Wilson, École Primaire Sainte-Geneviève Ouest.
Recreation and Culture: Library, sports complex, community centre.
Outdoor Activities: Bois de l’Ile Bizard Nature Park.
Houses of Worship: Paroisse Ste-Geneviève, Paroisse Saint-Raphaël-Archange.