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We’ve been backa few times to La Prairie and it we’ve seen the light! It’s a nice small town, with generallly very nice areas and very, very little poverty. That means that when you send your children to school the kids are in the most part well supported by the parents and achievement should be high.

We spoke to the principal of one of the primary schools (Emilie-Gamelin) and he was very helpful, explained how the school works and would support the development of our children. 

So we’re looking now at La Prairie as one of our top locations to buy a house.

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Coming off the motorway onto Lakeshore Roadat Pointe-Claire is one of the most beautiful sites I’ve seen in Montréal. The sun was glistening off the lake, the trees and grass on the bank were a deep green. What a wonderful sight.

Pointe-Claire is very much cut into two by the motorway that runs through it (Highway 20 – direction Toronto). To the south there are houses in beautiful streets. Everything is very well maintained, even more so than at Longueuil. 

North of highway 20 there are yet more houses of course and a large concentration of shopping malls. The Fairview mall has over 200 shops and is a traditional indoor shopping centre. There’s a wide variety of shops, restaurants, cafes etc, as you would expect; oh and of course there is a food court. Even if you don’t live in the west island it’s worth a visit if you’re into shopping. 

Around Fairview there are several other strip malls with the standard big box retailers. For shops, you’re well served at Pointe-Claire.

The biggest downside we can see about living here is the distance to the centre of Montréal. It’s about 26km whixh should take about 22 minutes, but I’m sure that at 8:30am it will take somewhat more time than that. Pointe-Claiire is also served by a commuter train that is quite frequent during rush hours, but inexistant otherwise. See the AMT website for more information. 

The other thing to note about Pointe-Claire is that there is a lot more English spoken than in other areas of Montréal. Road signs are in both national languages, for example Arrêt becomes Arrêt/Stop.

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