Kirkland, Quebec


Town of Kirkland - Ville de Kirkland
"Welcome to Kirkland" sign viewed from St. Charles Blvd (heading north)
"Welcome to Kirkland" sign viewed from St. Charles Blvd (heading north)
Location on the Island of Montreal. (Outlined areas indicate demerged municipalities).
Location on the Island of Montreal.
(Outlined areas indicate demerged municipalities).
Kirkland is located in Southern Quebec
Location in southern Quebec.
Coordinates: 45°27′N 73°52′W / 45.450°N 73.867°W / 45.450; -73.867Coordinates: 45°27′N 73°52′W / 45.450°N 73.867°W / 45.450; -73.867[1]
Country Canada
Province Quebec
ConstitutedJanuary 1, 2006
 • MayorMichel Gibson
 • Federal ridingLac-Saint-Louis
 • Prov. ridingNelligan
 • Total9.6 km2 (3.7 sq mi)
 • Total20,151
 • Density2,090.8/km2 (5,415/sq mi)
 • Pop 2011-2016
Decrease −5.2
 • Dwellings
Time zoneUTC−5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Postal code(s)
Area code(s)514 and 438
Highways A-40 (TCH)

Kirkland is an on-island suburb on the Island of Montreal in southwestern Quebec, Canada.

The city of Kirkland is named after Charles-Aimé Kirkland, a Quebec provincial politician. It was incorporated as a municipality in 1961. On January 1, 2002, as part of the 2002–2006 municipal reorganization of Montreal, it was merged into the city of Montreal and became a borough. However, after a change of government and a 2004 referendum, it was re-constituted as an independent municipality on January 1, 2006.

Kirkland is primarily a residential community, with a commercial core, and an industrial park straddling the Trans-Canada Highway (Autoroute 40). In 1997, that portion of the Autoroute 40 was renamed to Félix-Leclerc Highway. The city is composed of mainly single-family residences, with some multi-unit facilities (apartments, town houses, and condos) available.


The territory of the Town of Kirkland is divided into eight electoral districts. Each district is represented by a councillor elected by the voters of that district. The mayor is elected by all voters and represents the entire territory made up of eight-districts.[4]

It is a full-service community, with a public works department, recreation department, engineering department, accounting, communications, human resources and administrative services operating for the welfare of its citizens.

The present mayor is now Michel Gibson, who has been a member of the Kirkland City Council since the mid-1970s.

  1. Michael Brown (District 1 - Timberlea)
  2. Luciano Piciacchia (District 2 - Holleuffer)
  3. Samuel Rother (District 3 - Brunswick)
  4. Domenico Zito (District 4 - Lacey Green West)
  5. Stephen Bouchard (District 5 - Lacey Green East)
  6. John Morson (District 6 - Canvin)
  7. Paul Dufort (District 7 - St. Charles)
  8. André Allard (District 8 - Summerhill)


Historical populations
Home Language (2016)
Language Population Percentage (%)
English 12,325 67%
French 3,245 17%
Other 2,925 16%
Mother Tongue (2016)
Language Population Percentage (%)
English 8,180 43%
French 3,900 21%
Other 6,800 36%
Visible Minorities (2016)
Ethnicity Population Percentage (%)
Not a visible minority 15,120 75.8%
Visible minorities 4,815 24.2%


The Centre de services scolaire Marguerite-Bourgeoys operates Francophone public schools, but were previously operated by the Commission scolaire Marguerite-Bourgeoys until June 15, 2020. The change was a result of a law passed by the Quebec government that changed the school board system from denominational to linguistic.[6]

Professional development centres:

  • Centre de formation professionnelle des métiers de la santé

Primary schools:

  • École primaire Émile-Nelligan

The Lester B. Pearson School Board (LBPSB) operates Anglophone public schools in the area.

Primary schools:

  • Margaret Manson Elementary School
  • Some areas are served by Sherbrooke Academy (junior and senior campuses) and Beacon Hill Elementary School in Beaconsfield, Clearpoint Elementary School in Pointe-Claire, and Kingsdale Academy in Pierrefonds-Roxboro[7]

The Quebec Ministry of Education, Recreation and Sports operates:

Preschool, primary and high school:

  • Kuper Academy[8]

The Federation of private schools, FEEP (La Féderation des establissements d'enseginement privés) operates bilingual (French/English) private schools in the area:[9]

Preschool and primary school:

  • Académie Marie-Claire[10]

Culture and Recreation

Public Library

The Kirkland Public Library has an impressive collective of more than 80,000 volumes in French and English for adults, teens and children. The library also offers online database searching, children and adult programs, computer rooms, wireless Internet, inter-library loans, photocopying and reserved books.[11]

Parks, Green space and Sport facilities

Kirkland Sports Complex has an indoor gymnasium that offers badminton, basketball, floor hockey, volleyball and other indoor sport activities. As well as an arena for hockey, ringette, free or figure skating.[12]

Around the town there are multiple outdoor centres for soccer, baseball, tennis, football, basketball, beach volleyball and ice rinks as well as a 5 kilometre bike trail.[13] There is also a splash pad and community pool offered in this town. The splash pad and community pools make it possible for young and old alike to experience the joys of swimming. The splash pad is located the Harris park. The community pool is located at the Ecclestone park.

The Town of Kirkland has many halls and park chalets, which citizens, associations and organizations can rent out for different occasions or activities (banquets, meetings, parties, exhibits, shows, etc.)

  • Sports Complex
  • Ecclestone Chalet
  • Holleuffer Chalet
  • Kirkland Chalet
  • Lantier House
  • Conference room (Kirkland Public Library)
  • Dés Bénévoles Chalet[14]
  • Meades Park (on the same grounds as the sports complex)
  • Canvin Park
  • Kirkland Park
  • Robbie-Loftus Park
  • Park du Chablis
  • Park Syrah
  • Park Moreau
  • Park Fewtrell
  • Park Dance
  • Park Letarte

Special Events

Kirkland Day, which takes place mid-June, is a big outdoor annual festival celebrating the inauguration of the Town of Kirkland on March 24, 1961. The first Kirkland Day was held on June 20, 1970 at the dedication of Kirkland Park. Since then, Kirkland residents come out in great numbers every year to celebrate the town together.

Other events within the town include:

  • Winter Carnival
  • Kirkland Day
  • Mini Olympics
  • Kirkland Food Drive
  • Christmas Events[15]


Companies in Kirkland

Targray head office, located in Kirkland, Quebec, Canada.

The town of Kirkland has a large business and industrial park spanning both sides of Quebec Autoroute 40. Companies in the area operate in a wide range of industries including aerospace, electronic goods, pharmaceuticals, printed goods, renewable energy, software engineering, telecommunications, petrochemicals, and transportation.

Notable employers in the city of Kirkland include:

Sustainable Development

Local Sustainable Development Plan

In 2012, the Town put in place a local sustainable development plan. The Kirkland local sustainable development plan is a full-fledged environmental action plan that highlights practical measures. The Town intended to carry out this plan by 2015 in order to meet specific targets, particularly in regards to air quality, waste management, conservation of the natural resources and biodiversity and quality of the residential areas.

Ecological events:

  • Earth hour
  • Community Garage Sale
  • Environment Day
  • Spring Clean Up[16]

Notable residents

See also


  1. ^ Reference number 388466 of the Commission de toponymie du Québec (in French)
  2. ^ Ministère des Affaires municipales, des Régions et de l'Occupation du territoire: Kirkland
  3. ^ Parliament of Canada Federal Riding History: Lac-Saint-Louis (Quebec)
  4. ^ "Ville de Kirkland - Districts électoraux". Retrieved 2015-11-11.
  5. ^
  6. ^ "ÉCOLES ET CENTRES." Commission Scolaire Marguerite-Bourgeoys. Retrieved on December 7, 2014.
  7. ^ "School Board Map." Lester B. Pearson School Board. Retrieved on September 28, 2017.
  8. ^ "General School Profile | Kuper Academy". Archived from the original on 2015-10-24. Retrieved 2015-11-11.
  9. ^ "". Retrieved 2015-11-11.
  10. ^ "Académie Marie-Claire School". Archived from the original on 2015-10-04. Retrieved 2015-11-11.
  11. ^ "Ville de Kirkland - More than books..." Retrieved 2015-11-11.
  12. ^ "Ville de Kirkland - Sports facilities". Retrieved 2015-11-11.
  13. ^ "Ville de Kirkland - Bicycle path". Retrieved 2015-11-11.
  14. ^ "Ville de Kirkland - Sports facilities". Retrieved 2015-11-11.
  15. ^ "Ville de Kirkland - Local sustainable development Plan". Retrieved 2015-11-11.
  16. ^ "Ville de Kirkland - Local sustainable development Plan". Retrieved 2015-11-11.

External links

  • Kirkland website