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Living in Nuns' Island

The countryside…just a few minutes away from the city!

Nuns' Island is known for its beauty and green space, its lakes and woods, numerous parks, sports complexes and of course, its unrivalled access to the banks of the Saint Lawrence River. Isolated from the city’s noise and traffic, Nun’s Island has long been attracting those who cherish peace and quiet and a quality of life second to none.

Nuns' Island offers the best of everything you might expect from a suburb, starting with its beautiful landscapes. But the proximity of services, boutiques, restaurants, grocery stores and even easy access to the South Shore allow you to experience a lifestyle where nature and urbanism go hand in hand.

Just strolling through one of Nuns' Island’s many pathways, it wouldn’t be unusual at all to run into a fox or spot various types of birds - all a mere 10 minutes away from downtown.

Recently, Nuns' Island underwent some important transformations with the addition of residential sectors like Domaine de la Pointe North and South, much to the delight of an increasingly diversifying population that already coexists in perfect harmony.

 

HISTORY OF NUNS' ISLAND

Once known as Saint-Paul Island, the island was being cultivated as early as 1670, when it belonged to Jacques Le Ber.

In 1668, the island’s population was made up of only 20 people. In 1695, the Congrégation Religieuse de Notre Dame took control of a part of the island after it was donated to them from one of Jacques Le Ber’s daughters. In 1706, the nuns bought a larger portion of the island but it wasn’t until 1769 that they became owners of it in its entirety. In 1790, the congregation erected a manor and farmed approximately a third of the area on the island.

Nearly two centuries later, in 1955, for the sum of $1,300,000.00, the nuns of the Notre Dame congregation sold the island to the Quebec Home and Mortgage Corporation Ltd.

The island was then tilled as farmland until the mid 1960s. In fact, the island became accessible only via a shuttle-boat service, held at one time by boatman Pierre Lacoursiere, among others. This shuttle service provided passage between the island and the land on Verdun until the Champlain Bridge opened in 1962. Some important developments took place on the island in the late 60s, including the construction of three residential towers, and an Esso gas station built by a famous architect.

Today, Nuns' Island has become a much sought after residential community. It provides a high quality urban lifestyle in a unique environment, and it’s situated just a few minutes away from downtown Montreal.

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