The borough of Ahuntsic-Cartierville is a beautiful, affluent and recreational borough bordered on its North side by the Riviere-des-Prairies, sometimes called the Back River.
Floods may happen when the snow melts in the spring, during a period of heavy rain or when a dam breaks. As a result, the authorities are always monitoring the water levels and having evacuation plans ready.
Borough boundaries include the boroughs of Montreal-Nord to the East, Saint-Laurent and Pierrefonds-Roxboro to the West and Villeray-Saint-Michel-Parc-Extension to the South.
First the Canadian Northern Railway and then both the Canadian National Railway and the Canadian Pacific Railway contributed to the economic development of the territory.
Railways that also created a physical barrier between the two main territories, Ahuntsic in the East and Cartierville in the West.
Both commuter railway lines were transferred to AMT in 1996, AMT being the organization that now operates Montreal commuter rail and express bus services all over Greater Montreal.
The borough is located at the extreme north of the Island of Montreal with an easy access to Laval, a populated and commercial suburb located across the Back River and a key center of economic activity.
With its five bridges, the borough is the unavoidable crossing point between Downtown Montreal and the North Shore.
Ahuntsic and Cartierville offer a large network of roads, three metro stations, Henri-Bourassa, Sauvé and Crémazie and several bus lines.
Unfortunately, this system of roads and public transport places both territories in the heart of the major North-South and East-West networks and creates a heavy traffic.
The role of a North-South / East-West channel brings an important car flow to the borough, along with some unpleasantness to its residents.
However, and despite the noise and the pollution, the neighborhood does offer an interesting way of life.
There are many urban parks, the whole borough is secure and the residents feel safe in their respective neighborhood where an interesting variety of residential and commercial attributes can be found.
The predominance of trees and green spaces on most residential streets, combined with the vitality of the local commercial areas, largely contribute to the quality of life of the residents.
Ahuntsic is typically "montrealais" with its cottages, bungalows and duplex while Cartierville offers a larger proportion of bigger buildings such as triplex, quadruplex and apartment towers.
The immigrants living in the borough are mainly from Italy, Lebanon and Haiti, and the immigrants who recently settled in are mostly from Algeria, Morocco and Romania.
Today, in Ahuntsic-Cartierville, families with average to high incomes blend with families with low incomes.
Unfortunately, immigration increased the contrasts between the rich and the poor, the young and the old, the educated and the uneducated, the workers and the unemployed.
Then again, and thanks to a massive arrival of immigrants from a large variety of countries, the borough now profits from a great cultural diversity.
Ahuntsic and Cartierville continue to have the reputation of a beautiful, affluent and recreational borough of Montreal.
A reputation that seems a reality when one looks at its water banks, its riverside parks, its bike paths, its sports facilities and its two nature parks with their abundant flora, wide variety of trees, large assortment of birds, clean water...
The Bois-de-Saraguay in Cartierville provides an overview of the quality of the environment that once existed along the banks of the Rivière-des-Prairies, and l'Île-de-la-Visitation in Ahuntsic provides the possibility to observe a wide variety of birds and aquatic wildlife.