Pierrefonds Roxboro, Quebec
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Pierrefonds Quebec / Roxboro is the largest of the West Island communities and a borough of the city of Montreal. It is comprised of the former municipalities of Pierrefonds and Roxboro that were merged in 2006, as part of an island-wide demerger referendum that occurred in 2004.
Pierrefonds Quebec, the largest component of the merged borough, traces the origins of its name back to 1904. The area was part of a much larger parcel of land, then called Sainte-Genevieve which was at the time composed of Pierrefonds, l’Ile Bizard, Sainte-Genevieve, Roxboro and Dollard-Des-Ormeaux.
Amidst the heat of a conflict spearheaded by a highly controversial notary named Joseph-Adolphe Chauret, the name Pierrefonds appeared when the large area of Sainte-Genevieve was split into two villages: Sainte-Genevieve, and Sainte-Genevieve de Pierrefonds.
The colorful sometimes loved, sometimes hated notary had a “seigniorial” residence constructed for himself in 1902, inspired by an engraving of the feudal castle of Pierrefonds in Oise, France. The building, which features turrets and gables, is named Chateau Pierrefonds and still stands today.
Roxboro was a small town inaugurated in 1914, and bordered the Riviere-des-Prairies. It had 6 difference mayors as an independent city. The area, once considered run down and unappealing, is now experiencing a renewal, and features beautiful tree-lined streets, with older homes, and new construction as well.
Interestingly, when the referendum was held in 2004 to allow citizens to vote to “de-merge” from the city of Montreal following a forced merge in 2002, 67% of those who voted in Roxboro wished to “de-merge”. However, given the rule that at least 35% of the population had to vote to “make it count”, a lower turnout gave the city of Montreal carte blanche to do whatever it chose. Roxboro was then merged with Pierrefonds to create the borough of Pierrefonds-Roxboro.
The area is mostly residential, with only 5% of the area being commercial. The riverbank is beautiful and features a small island, Ile Roxboro, where migratory birds rest in spring and fall.
Roxboro also benefits from the commuter train station (Sunnybrooke) heading to downtown Montreal, making the area and surrounding communities sought after.
Pierrefonds-Roxboro occupies the northern part of the West Island. Boasting three beautiful nature parks and 29.5 kilometers of shoreline along Rivière-des-Prairies, this Montreal City borough offers plenty of natural green space.
The modern recreation center, cultural center, library, and arena offer citizens a variety of sporting, cultural and recreational activities. There is always something going on for the family! Housing is very diversified including condominium style apartments, townhomes, and single family dwellings at affordable prices. There are also beautiful waterfront estates, and higher end new construction to choose from. The many schools in the area make this area a popular choice for families.