If, geographically, Ahuntsic and Cartierville belong to the same borough, sociologically they are quite different. In Ahuntsic, the population is mostly French and growing old, in Cartierville, the population is mostly young and multicultural.

There are other important differences between these two peoples-neighborhood. For instance, rich and poor areas are close, but both are cut off from each other. The money smart neighborhood part of the borough not seeming to be aware of the reality of the poorest part.

Because of the massive arrival of immigrants from a large variety of countries, the territory now profits from an important cultural diversity.

Unfortunately, there are still very few neighborhood service organizations within the area. Part of the population is composed of newcomers often in transit and the mobilization of the citizens as well as the creation of neighborhood social networks is somewhat difficult.

However, the predominance of trees and green spaces on most residential streets combined to an interesting range of education facilities and to the vitality of the neighbourhood market stores  contribute to the quality of life of the residents.

Neighbourhood market stores such as neighbourhood medical centre, neighbourhood dental centre, neighbourhood pet clinic, neighbourhood computer guy, neighbourhood tree man and many others highly appreciated neighbourhood including everybody's favourite neighbourhood pizza parlour.

Saraguay in Cartierville

The Marcelin-Wilson-Park on l'Acadie is one of the best organized parks and the most famous local neighborhood with, among other settings, an arena, a skate park, a pool, a playground, tennis courts, soccer fields and public arts.

The area is officially limited by the Rivière-des-Prairies to the North, the Saint-Laurent borough to the South, Ahuntsic to the East and the Parc-Nature-du-Bois-de-Saraguay to the West.

The territory is crossed by the Route-Verte a province-wide network of bicycle paths. From l'Île-de-la-Visitation in Ahuntsic to the Bois-de-Saraguay in Cartierville, the local bicycle path, part of the Route Verte, is dotted with many beautiful parks of all sizes.

In 1964, the Village of Saraguay and its 450 residents or so was annexed to the City of Montreal. 

Between 1950 and 1980, a few buildings and some bungalows were built in the West part of the area, among them the Collège-Sainte-Marcelline built in 1961.


West of the territory, the opulent Bois-de-Saraguay was classified natural environment in 1981 and patrimonial site in 2013 by the provincial government.

The regional park of the Bois-de-Saraguay with its beautiful forest, abundant floral assortment and numerous bird species is recognized and known as the best preserved forest of the Island of Montreal.

The Vieux-Bordeaux is mainly composed of old rural houses, bourgeois homes and urban residences built during the first decades of the 20th century. 

The Vieux-Bordeaux is a small area located in the vicinity of the Bois-de-Boulogne Avenue. The old village is still around and heritage buildings are numerous and of various styles. 


During the 1950s, the district lines of the old streets of the Vieux-Bordeaux were gradually prolonged and eventually formed a parallel evolution that became a new residential area lined with bungalows and duplex.

Nouveau-Bordeaux is an extension of the Vieux-Bordeaux, home to a provincial prison officially named Centre de détention Montréal, but generally referred to as Prison de Montréal or Prison de Bordeaux.

The Nouveau-Bordeaux features many parks of all sizes along its riverside.

Among them, the Île-Perry between Parc-de-la-Merci and Parc-des-Bateliers on Gouin West near Poincaré. The whole area offers great views of the Rivière-des-Prairies and of nearby Laval.

Cartierville by Rachel Louise Barry