Lachine, Quebec

Lachine (French pronunciation: ​[laʃin]) is a borough (arrondissement) within the city of Montreal on the Island of Montreal in southwestern Quebec, Canada. It was an autonomous city until 2002.

The Fontaine de Vie at Lachine Borough Hall
The Fontaine de Vie at Lachine Borough Hall
Official logo of Lachine

Location of Lachine on the Island of Montreal. (Grey areas indicate demerged municipalities).
Location of Lachine on the Island of Montreal.
(Grey areas indicate demerged municipalities).
Coordinates: 45°26′25″N 73°42′20″W / 45.44028°N 73.70556°W
Country Canada
Province Quebec
MergedJanuary 1, 2002
Electoral Districts

 • TypeBorough
 • MayorAthen Gozoblu (Projet)
 • Federal MP(s)Anju Dhillon (LPC)
 • Quebec MNA(s)François Ouimet (PLQ)
 • Land17.75 km2 (6.85 sq mi)
 • Total44 489
 • Change (2011-16)
 • Dwellings (2006)
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
Postal code(s)
Area code(s)514[4]
Access Routes[5]

Route 138


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Church of Saints-Anges-Gardiens, built 1919-1920.

Lachine, apparently from French la Chine (China), is often said to have been named in 1667, in mockery of its then owner Robert Cavelier de La Salle, who explored the interior of North America, trying to find a passage to Asia. When he returned without success, he and his men were derisively named les Chinois (Chinese). The name was adopted when the parish of Saints-Anges-de-la-Chine was created in 1678, with the form Lachine appearing with the opening of a post office in 1829.[6]

On August 4, 1689, more than 1500 Mohawk warriors raided the small village and burned it to the ground in retaliation for the ravaging of the Seneca lands claimed to have been done by governor Denonville. The Lachine massacre left 80 dead. Lachine was incorporated as a city in 1872. In 1999, it merged with the town of Saint-Pierre before being merged into Montreal in 2002. Its logo during its municipality days is still in use as of today.


The borough is located in the southwest portion of the island of Montreal, at the inlet of the Lachine Canal, between the borough of LaSalle, and the city of Dorval. It was a separate city until municipal mergers on January 1, 2002 and did not demerge on January 1, 2006 [1].

The borough is bordered to the northwest by the city of Dorval to the northeast by Saint-Laurent, to the east by Côte Saint-Luc, Montreal West and a narrow salient of Le Sud-Ouest, and to the south by LaSalle. Its western limit is the shore of Lac Saint-Louis and the Saint Lawrence River.

It has an area of 17.83 km² and a population of 44,489 per the 2016 Canadian Census.


Historical populations
Home Language (2016) [8]
Language Population Percentage (%)
French 23 750 60%
English 11 880 29%
Non Official language only 4 555 11%


Municipal government

As of the November 7, 2017 Montreal municipal election, the current borough council consists of the following councillors:

District Position Name   Party
 — Borough mayor
City councillor
Athen Bozoglu   Projet Montréal
 — City councillor Micheline Rouleau   Projet Montréal
Du Canal Borough councillor Julie-Pascale Provost   Projet Montréal
Fort-Rolland Borough councillor Michèle Flannery   Projet Montréal
J.-Émery-Provost Borough councillor Younes Boukala   Projet Montréal

Federal and provincial districts

The entire borough is located within the federal riding of Dorval-Lachine-LaSalle, and within the provincial electoral district of Marquette.


Lachine Poste de Traite
Trading Post on the Lachine Canal.

Autoroute 20 passes through Lachine, which is also served by the Lachine commuter train station.

Most noticeable of Lachine's features is the Lachine Canal and its recreational facilities, including the Lachine Canal National Historic Site. Around the canal's inlet, in the southern part of the borough, are located The Fur Trade at Lachine National Historic Site, René Lévesque Park (on a long peninsula extending into Lac Saint-Louis), and the Musée de Lachine, which has collections of modern outdoor sculpture both on its own grounds, in René Lévesque Park, and in other sites throughout the borough. Other historic buildings are also located near the canal's inlet.


A memorial to Air India Flight 182 is located in Monk Island, in Lachine. It was inaugurated in 2010.[9]


Primary and secondary schools

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Collège Sainte-Anne

The Commission scolaire Marguerite-Bourgeoys operates Francophone public schools.[10]

Adult schools include:

  • Centre d'éducation des adultes de LaSalle, Édifice Boileau

Professional development centres include:

  • Centre de formation professionnelle de Lachine (CFP), Édifice Dalbé-Viau and Édifice de la Rive

Secondary schools include:

  • École secondaire Dalbé-Viau
  • Collège Saint-Louis
  • College Sainte-Anne de Lachine

Primary schools include:

École Primaire Victor Therien
  • École Primaire des Berges-de-Lachine
  • École Primaire Jardin-des-Saints-Anges
  • École Primaire Martin-Bélanger
  • École Primaire Paul-Jarry
  • École Primaire Philippe-Morin
  • École Primaire Très-Saint-Sacrement

The Lester B. Pearson School Board (LBPSB) operates Anglophone public schools.

  • Lakeside Academy (a merger of Lachine High School and Bishop Whelan High School)
  • Maple Grove Elementary School in Lachine, a merger of the Meadowbrook School in Lachine and the Bishop-Whelan School in Dorval, opened in August 2010[11]
  • A portion is zoned to LaSalle Elementary Junior and Senior Campus in LaSalle[12]
  • The Pearson Electrotechnology Centre (PEC; Centre d'électrotechnologie Pearson), a public vocational school of the LBPSB, is in Lachine.[13]

Public libraries

The Montreal Public Libraries Network operates the Saint-Pierre Branch and the Saul-Bellow Branch in Lachine.[14]

Notable residents

See also


  1. ^ Ministère des Affaires Municipales et Régions: Lachine
  2. ^ a b 2006 Statistics Canada Community Profile: Lachine, Quebec
  3. ^ "Population totale en 2006 et en 2011 - Variation — Densité" (PDF). Canada 2016 Census (in French). Ville de Montréal. 2012. Retrieved 28 December 2017.
  4. ^ "Lachine, QC". Local Calling Guide.
  5. ^ Official Transport Quebec Road Map
  6. ^ Commission de toponymie du Québec - Lachine (Ville)
  7. ^ "Profil sociodéographique: Arrondissement de Lachine" (PDF) (in French). Ville de Montréal. 2013. Retrieved 28 October 2013.
  8. ^,68087638&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL
  9. ^ "Memorial to victims of Air India bombing inaugurated in Lachine." CTV Montreal. Sunday December 5, 2010. Retrieved on December 7, 2014.
  10. ^ "ÉCOLES ET CENTRES." Commission Scolaire Marguerite-Bourgeoys. Retrieved on December 7, 2014.
  11. ^ "Home." Maple Grove Elementary School. Retrieved on December 7, 2014.
  12. ^ "School Board Map." Lester B. Pearson School Board. Retrieved on September 28, 2017.
  13. ^ "Home Archived 2014-11-11 at the Wayback Machine." Pearson Electrotechnology Centre. Retrieved on December 7, 2014.
  14. ^ "Les bibliothèques par arrondissement." Montreal Public Libraries Network. Retrieved on December 7, 2014.

External links

Coordinates: 45°25′54″N 73°40′30″W / 45.43167°N 73.67500°W

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It is served by commuter trains of the RTM and is part of the Vaudreuil–Hudson line.

It has no connecting bus routes.

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He was formerly married to actress Isabel Richer, until they announced their split in 2013.

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It was created for the 1981 election from parts of Jacques-Cartier, Marguerite-Bourgeoys and Notre-Dame-de-Grâce electoral districts.

In the change from the 2001 to the 2011 electoral map, it lost the part of LaSalle borough that it formerly had to Marguerite-Bourgeoys electoral district.

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Montreal and Lachine Railroad

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The borders of the neighbourhood are the Lachine Canal/Borough of LaSalle to the south and east, the Town of Montreal West to the north and the rest of Lachine to the west. The entire neighbourhood has the H8R postal code.

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In 1947, he was called to the Bars of Saskatchewan and British Columbia and practiced law in Victoria, British Columbia.

In 1967, he was appointed to the Supreme Court of British Columbia and elevated to the British Columbia Court of Appeal in 1973. In 1979, he was appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada and retired in 1989. In 1991, he was made a Companion of the Order of Canada.

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