The off-island municipality of Saint-Lazare is sought after by homebuyers in search of a quiet life, picturesque countryside, and suburban services. Known in the 18th century as the Seigneurie de Vaudreuil, the territory became a parish in 1875. A former agricultural town, Saint-Lazare underwent suburban growth during the 1990s as real estate prices on the Montreal Island placed home ownership out of the reach of many families.
One activity the area is noted for is equestrianism. In addition to various stables, the area is known for beautiful wooded riding trails.
St. Lazare fast facts:
French: École des Étriers, École À l’Orée-du-Bois
English: Evergreen Elementary, Forest Hill Elementary Jr., Forest Hill Elementary Sr., Westwood High School Jr.
Recreation and Culture: Library, outdoor skating rinks, community centre, splash park.
Outdoor Activities: Parc nature les Forestiers-de-Saint-Lazare, skateboard park, bike paths and riding trails, Tourbière-du-Bordelais wetland, Ivor-McLeod Public Park.
Houses of Worship: Fabrique Paroisse Saint-Joseph de Soulange.