Beaconsfield is an on-island suburb on the Island of Montreal in Quebec, Canada. Its population as of the Canada 2011 Census was 19,505.
It is located on the north shore of Lake Saint-Louis and is bordered on the west by Baie-D'Urfé, on the north by Kirkland and on the east by Pointe-Claire. It was incorporated in 1910 and is named in honour of Benjamin Disraeli, Lord Beaconsfield, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom in the 1860s and 1870s and close confidant of Queen Victoria. It is part of the Greater Montreal region locally referred to as the West Island.
As part of the 2002–2006 municipal reorganization of Montreal, Beaconsfield was merged into the city of Montreal on January 1, 2002, joining with neighbouring Baie-D'Urfé 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.
The population of Beaconsfield is mostly English-speaking. Most buildings in Beaconsfield are single-family homes, with some townhouses and Montreal-style apartment buildings. It may be characterized as a bedroom community. Beaconsfield is also home to a recreation centre that contains a pool, an ice rink and a gym.
A wooded area, Angell Woods, occupies much of western Beaconsfield, and was the subject of a campaign to preserve it permanently as a green space. As of January 2015, Angell Woods is permanently and officially protected as a regional park.
The current mayor of Beaconsfield is Georges Bourelle. The city is served by six councilors.
- David Pelletier (District 1)
- Karen Messier (District 2)
- Wade Staddon (District 3)
- Pierre Demers (District 4)
- Roger Moss (District 5)
- Peggy Alexopoulos (District 6)
The last Municipal Election was held on November 3, 2013, with all six council seats and the mayoralty being contested. Prior to this election, David Pollock had been the incumbent mayor - he chose not to run for a second term.
The mayoral candidates for the 2013 municipal elections were: James Bonnell, Georges Bourelle, Hela Labene and Rhonda Massad. Mr. Bourelle defeated Mrs. Massad, an incumbent city councillor, in a close race, with the other two candidates trailing much further behind.
Beaconsfield maintains an indoor recreation complex which includes a swimming pool and hockey rink, as well as a network of outdoor parks with numerous soccer fields and ice rinks for hockey and skating in the winter. The city also has two private yacht clubs on municipal land, Beaconsfield Yacht Club and Lord Reading Yacht Club. Beaconsfield is also a part of the Lakeshore league, which has such sports as hockey, baseball, soccer, and football.
Beaconsfield houses the Beaconsfield Bluefins, a competitive swim club that has trained athletes from the beginner to the national competition levels, in addition to the Lakeshore Panthers, who are usually among Quebec's top minor hockey league teams.
In 1975 the Beaconsfield Amateur Soccer Association boys' Under 10 soccer team was the first soccer team from the province of Quebec to win a National Championship. They travelled from Montreal to Winnipeg to play the championship game and won 3–1. As late as the mid-1980s the match ball and poster of the team was on display in the recreation center across from City I and City II soccer fields. A partial list of Players from the National Championship Team - Andy Starky, Pierre Cunningham, Robert Winter, Bruce Laker, Michael Hughes, Jimmy Hughes, Drew Hardy, Eric Lukacs, Greg Gidman, Richard Dunsmore, Wayne Dephoure, Ken Novinger
Beaconsfield is also home to the beaconsfield rugby football club(brfc.ca)which is a member of the Fédération de Rugby du Québec (FRQ);. The club has two senior men's teams which competes in the A division. The club also has an extensive junior rugby program (ages 8 to 18) and is arguably the best looking rugby team in the country.
The Commission scolaire Marguerite-Bourgeoys operates Francophone public schools. It operates École primaire Beaconsfield, École primaire Saint-Rémi, and École secondaire John F. Kennedy.
The Lester B. Pearson School Board (LBPSB) operates Anglophone public schools in the area.
Vocational Education:Gordon Robertson Centre
Adult Education:Place Cartier Adult Centre
Secondary schools:Beaconsfield High School
Primary schools:Beacon Hill Elementary School
Christmas Park Elementary School
Sherwood Forest Elementary School
St. Edmund Elementary School
St. Paul Elementary School
Beaconsfield is served by the Agence métropolitaine de transport train system, with two stations, Beaconsfield and Beaurepaire, on the Vaudreuil-Hudson Line which ends in downtown Montreal. The city is also served by Société de transport de Montréal (STM) bus lines 200, 201, 211, 217, 221, 354, 361, 382, 401, 405, 411, and 425. Beaconsfield is also served directly by one major highway, Highway 20 (Autoroute 20) with two exits in Beaconsfield, exit 45 at Avenue Woodland, and exit 48 at Boulevard St-Charles. Access to Beaconsfield is also possible from the Highway 40 (Autoroute 40), exit Boulevard St-Charles - south (Sud).Thomas Mulcair, leader of the federal New Democratic Party
David Phillips, co-winner Canadian national squash championships
Louis Vachon, President of the National Bank of Canada
Lorne Trottier, President of Matrox
Blair MacKasey, former professional hockey defencemen, Director for the Minnesota Wild
Madeline-Ann Aksich, philanthropist and Order of Canada recipient
Sir George Alexander Drummond and Lady Julia Drummond kept an estate, Huntlywood at 137-141 Elm Avenue in Beaconsfield where they raised pure-breds and kept a private golf course for their friends.
Marc-Édouard Vlasic, NHL hockey player with the San Jose Sharks.
Geoffrey Kelley, Quebec Liberal Party MP in Jacques-Cartier and Minister for Native Affairs.