Baie-D'Urfé (Population 3,873) is a town in the Montreal region of Quebec, Canada. It is located in the West Island area of the Island of Montreal, and is a suburb of Montreal. Prior to 2002 its name was written Baie-d'Urfé (no capital "d"); prior to 1960, its name was officially spelled Baie-d'Urfée.
As part of the 2002–2006 municipal reorganization of Montreal, Baie-D'Urfé was merged into the town of Montreal on January 1, 2002, joining with neighbouring Beaconsfield to create the borough of Beaconsfield–Baie-D'Urfé. After a change of government and a 2004 referendum, both of them voted to demerge and were reconstituted as independent cities on January 1, 2006. However, they remain part of the urban agglomeration of Montreal.
Baie-D'Urfé is largely a "bedroom community" that extends from Autoroute 40 to Lac Saint-Louis. Primarily residential, it is characterized by large houses on spacious lots. The residential section of the municipality has retained a rural charm, accentuated by its lack of sidewalks and limited commercial activity. It is a favourite spot for boaters, who use the local marinas. The community is within the part of the Island of Montreal locally referred to as the West Island. North of Autoroute 20 and the CN and CP railway lines lies a modest-sized industrial park. The industrial park, covering approximately a third of the town's land area, is somewhat isolated from the rest of the town, features its own off-hours security patrol, and is home to a number of large industrial firms' operations.
Baie-D'Urfé is named after François-Saturnin Lascaris d'Urfé, or l'Abbé d'Urfé. He was the community's first pastor, who was sent by the Gentlemen of Saint-Sulpice to serve as a missionary for the parish of Saint-Louis-du-Bout-de-l'Île (which was later renamed in his honour), a small community of settlers, soldiers, traders, and Indians.
Its active community members participate in many of the town's associated or private clubs, including the Baie-D'Urfé Curling Club. It competes with a few other suburbs for top spot in the rankings of highest average household incomes in Canada. The median income for a household in Baie-D'Urfé was $128,611, and the median income for a family was $194,335. Males had an average income of $112,882, compared to $62,245 for females.
Baie-D'Urfé's present Mayor is Maria Tutino. Her specific portfolio is: Agglomeration, Intergovernmental Relations & Youth
Baie-D'Urfé is the first town in Canada to have a youth council consisting of teens aged 10 years and up entitled the Junior Council. It was established in 2008. The town celebrated its centennial in 2011 and the Junior Council l re-enacted two of the town’s earliest council meetings held on July 18 and September 16, 1911, respectively.
There are six Town Councilors:
- Janet Ryan (Town Planning, Transport)
- Brian Manning (Parks & Recreation, Environment)
- Lynda Phelps (Public Security, Culture)
- Michel Beauchamp (Public Works & Town Infrastructure)
- Peter Fletcher
- Chuck Colomb (Administration)
Baie D'Urfé Citizens’ Association was established in 1947 to foster and promote citizenship among residents of the Town of Baie D'Urfé and further the recreational, cultural and social interests of the Town’s population.
The Association exists to provide a channel through which residents of the Town may communicate collectively with Town Council and other public authorities. The Association cooperates with Town Council in promoting the general interests and welfare of the community and with other organizations that support similar endeavours in Baie D'Urfé.
Baie D'Urfé Citizens' Association organizes two public recreational events each year: Winterfest in February and Baie D’Urfé Days in June.
The Association also publishes two periodicals for Baie D'Urfé residents: News and Views/Entre-Nous magazine, published ten times per year (every month except January and August), and the Annual Baie D’Urfé Directory.
The Association's Executive Board meets ten times per year, on the third Tuesday of each month, except January and August. The Annual General Meeting is held in February of each year.
The Commission scolaire Marguerite-Bourgeoys operates French-language public schools. École primaire Joseph-Henrico is located in the city.
The Lester B. Pearson School Board operates English-language public schools. Dorset Elementary School is in the city.
The Alexander von Humboldt Schule Montréal, a German international school, is in the city.