Ile Bizard… Enjoy its unspoiled beauty!
Ile Bizard is a predominantly French-speaking island located between the islands of Laval and Montreal. The island is accessed by the Jacques-Bizard bridge in Ste-Geneviève.
In 1723, the island, formerly named Île Bonaventure, was renamed after Jacques Bizard, who was granted a seigneurie. New France settlers also used the island as a way to get timber into Montreal from the river.
Ile Bizard is now combined with Ste-Geneviève, as a borough of the city of Montreal. The city has set aside land for the future highway 440 linking the city of Laval to the island of Montreal. The existing bridge allows 2 lanes of traffic off the island during morning rush hour, and two lanes onto the island during evening rush hour.
This island is still relatively unspoiled with abundant green space and growing recreational facilities. Beautiful Bois-de-L’Ile-Bizard Nature Park boasts 201 hectares of natural marshland which offer excellent wildlife sightings and several kilometers of nature trails.
Accessible year-round, the park offers hiking, canoeing and swimming in the summer and cross-country skiing in the winter. The area boasts three beautiful, prestigious golf courses – Royal Montreal Golf Club, which is the oldest in America, Elmridge Golf Club, and Golf Saint Raphael, which has beautiful executive homes at its perimeter and hosts The PGA Golf.
Housing includes tasteful townhomes, luxurious new construction and century homes in the original village – whatever you fancy, there is something for everyone! There are essential services on the island such as groceries, pharmacy, medical clinic and the like, but just over the short bridge, you will find plenty of services. The commuter train station is located about 12 minutes from the bridge, and travels to the downtown central station, perfect for commuters.