Pointe Claire…Something for everyone!
Pointe Claire Qc is a lovely historic town on the shores of Lake St-Louis. It is said to have received its name from the “clear” view, the peninsula or point where the windmill, convent and Saint-Joachim de Pointe-Claire church are located.With the construction of the Chemin du Roy (now Lakeshore Road) in 1707, the parish was sub-divided into three côtes – St-Remy (now Boulevard des Sources), St-Jean, and St-Charles. This allowed access to Pointe-Claire via
With the construction of the Chemin du Roy (now Lakeshore Road) in 1707, the parish was sub-divided into three côtes – St-Remy (now Boulevard des Sources), St-Jean, and St-Charles. This allowed access to Pointe-Claire via road which until then had only been accessible by boat.
This new accessibility allowed the town to prosper. By 1854, the municipality of Saint-Joachim-de-la-Pointe-Claire was acknowledged, and the name eventually shortened to Pointe-Claire.
A devastating fire in 1900 destroyed much of the village – it is said to have started in an abandoned building. Assisted by the wind, the fire quickly spread, and some 30 buildings were destroyed including the post office, the town hall and many homes.
At the turn of the century, the construction of the railway allowed easy access for city dwellers, and the area thrived as a vacation destination. Highly popular, Pointe Claire is now a multi-faceted community with much to offer.
In the main commercial area of the city along Boulevard St-Jean, you will find the regional shopping centre Centre Fairview, housing more than 200 shops and restaurants. The boulevard also hosts many restaurants, shops and services, which offers great convenience to its citizens.
As well, the commuter train line runs through the town, with three stations within its boundaries; the Valois, Cedar Park and Pointe-Claire stops are very convenient for commuting professionals and students attending downtown area institutions.
Residential areas are comprised of mostly single-family units but include some apartment style condominiums and townhouses. There is some newer construction comprising of single family homes, town homes and condominium apartments as well.
Its waterfront offers luxurious housing, a yacht club, the old village with its quaint shops and restaurants, and Stewart Hall, the city’s cultural centre, a West Island landmark.
Complete recreational facilities are available including a nationally reputed aquatic centre for swimming and diving, an arena, numerous parks and a wonderful library. Pointe Claire Qc is also home to the local regional hospital, Lakeshore General
There are many schools in the area, of both French and English language. The French school Board offers education at Marguerite-Bourgeoys, Pointe-Claire (formerly Lakeside Heights Elementary), and Saint-Louis. The one high school is École secondaire Felix-Leclerc (formerly École secondaire Saint-Thomas).
As for the English language education, The Lester B. Pearson School Board offers education at Clearpoint (formerly Cedar Park) and St. John Fisher. There are 4 high schools, Lindsay Place, St. Thomas, John Rennie and an alternative high school called Horizon.Pointe