West Island Attractions
LEESTA is primely located in Pointe-Claire, Quebec, Canada: an on-island suburb of Montreal just minutes from the Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport and downtown core. Pointe-Claire is known for its family-oriented, bilingual, residential character, but also for its vibrant economic activity in retail, manufacturing and its many corporate headquarters. The Lakeshore General Hospital is also located in Pointe-Claire—serving all of the West Island and its surrounding areas.
Getting Around in Pointe-Claire and the West Island
Spanning less than 35 square kilometers, Pointe-Claire is very easy to navigate by car and public transportation. Whether residing in adjacent neighbourhoods, or in the Montreal city centre, all corners of the island of Montreal are easily accessible.
Pointe-Claire is traversed by two major (east-west running) highways crossing through the island of Montreal. Autoroute 40 spans the northern half of the island, while autoroute 20 spans the southern half, and leads directly into the heart of downtown Montreal.
Boulevard Saint-Jean and boulevard des Sources run from Pointe-Claire's more residential southern shore, up to beyond autoroute 40 where more businesses are established. Surrounding (primarily residential) neighborhoods include Kirkland, Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Beaconsfield and Dorval. Dorval is where the the Montreal International airport is located.
The city is also served by several bus routes operated by Société de transport de Montréal with major terminals at the Fairview Pointe-Claire shopping centre and the Dorval Circle. Three commuter train stations on the Metropolitan Transportation Network's Vaudreuil-Hudson line are positioned along highway 20 in Pointe-Claire: Cedar Park, Pointe-Claire, and Valois.
Montreal's rapid, rubber-tired, underground metro (subway) system is the busiest in Canada, and second to only New York City and Mexico City in daily passenger usage in all of North America.
Two school boards operate ten public schools within Pointe-Claire. The English-language Lester B. Pearson School Board runs two elementary schools: Clearpoint and St. John Fisher, and four high schools: John Rennie, St. Thomas and Horizon.
The French-language Commission scolaire Marguerite-Bourgeoys runs three elementary schools: Marguerite-Bourgeoys, Pointe-Claire ("PC"), and Saint-Louis, and one high school, the École secondaire Felix-Leclerc.
Pointe-Claire also has dozens of daycare facilities, nursery schools, preschools and prekindergarten facilities.
Sporting & Leisure Activities in Pointe-Claire
Pointe-Claire boasts thirty-eight public parks and green spaces with five baseball diamonds, twenty-six playgrounds, nineteen soccer fields, seven community swimming pools, twenty-four tennis courts, ten outdoor skating rinks, and five shoreline public areas.
Municipal sports and leisure facilities include the Bob Birnie Arena (two rinks), Pointe-Claire Aquatic Centre (swimming, diving, water polo), Pointe-Claire Public Library, Stewart Hall Cultural Centre (and gallery) and canoe/kayak club. Directly adjacent to the canoe club, is the private Pointe-Claire Yacht Club.
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