As shown in our Westmount Photos Gallery and as per John Stephen Bryce from the McGill University in his "Study of Landscape and Community Construction":
"Between the middle of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the area that is now Westmount was transformed from a quiet, rural farming area into an elite anglophone residential suburb that fiercely guarded its independence from the city arount it."
"Builders and architects fed the need for housing of this elite group with a solid, conservative British residential landscape that is quite distinct from the row houses and duplexes of the rest of Montreal."
The City of Westmount is located over the western slopes of the Mount Royal.
Westmount is certainly the most prestigious City on the Island of Montreal. A City close to downtown Montreal and to the Mount-Royal where houses tend to sell at higher prices.
The municipality features the Murray Hill Park, one of the most scenic parks in the downtown area, the beautiful Westmount Park and the Westmount Summit, a mature urban forest as well as a bird and wildflower sanctuary.
The City offers an abundance of trees, carefully tended private lawns and gardens along with many parks and playgrounds and a sustainable urban forest.
In 2012, and because of the historical importance of the City, the Canadian Federal Government declared the City of Westmount as part of our Canadian Heritage.
By doing so, Canada Parks acknowledged the architectural integrity and diversity of Ville de Westmount as well as the perfect preservation of the wealthy suburb that prevailed during the Victorian era.
A territory that was first inhabited by Amerindians and, in the 17th Century, that was partly occupied by the Compagnie des Sulpiciens who built a "fort de la Montagne".
Westmount was first called "Village of Notre-Dame-de-Grâce", then "Côte Saint-Antoine, then it was incorporated in 1874, but it was not until 1895 that the town finally took its current name.
In 1976, the Westmount Dog Owners Association worked with the City to encourage responsible dog ownership and to establish good relations between dog owners and citizens.
Failure to abide by these laws can result in fines up to a maximum of $300.
Founded in 1994, the Westmount Historical Association / Association historique de Westmount promotes the history of the City and encourages its social and cultural development. The AHWHA is located in the municipal library of Westmount.
Westmount Photos Gallery by Rachel Louise Barry and Léo Malbeuf