Saint-Lazare, Quebec

Hudson, Quebec Vaudreuil-Dorion Vaudreuil-Soulanges Regional County Municipality

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Location within Vaudreuil-Soulanges RCM.
Location within Vaudreuil-Soulanges RCM.
Saint-Lazare is located in Southern Quebec
Location in southern Quebec.
Coordinates: 45°24′N 74°08′W / 45.400°N 74.133°W / 45.400; -74.133Coordinates: 45°24′N 74°08′W / 45.400°N 74.133°W / 45.400; -74.133[1]
Country Canada
Province Quebec
Constituted31 December 1875
 • MayorRobert Grimaudo
 • Federal ridingVaudreuil-Soulanges
 • Prov. ridingSoulanges
 • Total67.50 km2 (26.06 sq mi)
 • Land66.62 km2 (25.72 sq mi)
 • Total19,889
 • Density289.6/km2 (750/sq mi)
 • Pop 2006-2011
Increase 13.4%
 • Dwellings
Time zoneUTC−5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Postal code(s)
Area code(s)450 and 579
A-40 (TCH)

Route 340
Route 342

Saint-Lazare, also known as Saint-Lazare-de-Vaudreuil, is an off-island suburb of Montreal, in southwestern Quebec, Canada in the Regional County Municipality of Vaudreuil-Soulanges.


Originally part of the Seigneurie de Vaudreuil in the 18th century, the territory corresponding to Saint-Lazare was considered difficult to farm due to sandy soil.

Saint-Lazare was founded as a parish on December 31, 1875. The first church was built in 1877, destroyed by a fire in 1942 and subsequently rebuilt in 1947.

A passenger train from Canadian Pacific Railway previously ran through the town but was discontinued in 1960. The station located on the corner of Sainte-Angélique and Duhamel was demolished.

Originally a rural farming town, the city of Saint-Lazare experienced rapid growth in the 1990s, fueled predominantly by the arrival of young, middle-class families.

New residents flocked to the area seeking a more relaxed lifestyle than that of the island of Montreal, as well as larger homes and property for less money than on the island of Montreal.

In 2015 the Saint-Lazare government began using pictograms instead of text on signs when the Office québécois de la langue française (OQLF) asked it to remove its English-language signs; the Saint-Lazare community believes in accommodating bilingualism and its Anglophone residents.[5]




Historical Census Data - Saint-Lazare, Quebec[9]
1991 9,055—    
1996 11,193+23.6%
2001 12,895+15.2%
2006 17,016+32.0%
2011 19,295+13.4%
2016 19,889+3.1%


Canada Census Mother Tongue - Saint-Lazare, Quebec[9]
Census Total
French & English
Year Responses Count Trend Pop % Count Trend Pop % Count Trend Pop % Count Trend Pop %
10,450 Increase 1.55% 52.55% 7,175 Increase 1.84% 36.07% 485 Increase 10.27% 2.44% 1,615 Increase 14.54% 8.12%
10,290 Increase 11.5% 53.64% 7,045 Increase 3.12% 36.72% 440 Increase 76.0% 2.29% 1,410 Increase 2.9% 7.35%
9,230 Increase 30.8% 54.25% 6,165 Increase 29.8% 36.23% 250 Decrease 5.7% 1.47% 1,370 Increase 65.1% 8.05%
7,055 Increase 14.5% 54.69% 4,750 Increase 18.9% 36.82% 265 Increase 15.2% 2.05% 830 Increase 12.9% 6.43%
6,160 n/a 55.39% 3,995 n/a 35.93% 230 n/a 2.07% 735 n/a 6.61%


Saint-Lazare was built on thick deposits of sand. Poorly drained areas are most common in the eastern part of town and have been mapped as muck, Peat or Vaudreuil series (a "half-bog" or gleysol), while the well to rapidly drained classic podzols are assigned to Ste. Sophie or Upland series.[10]


Some of the popular attractions are:

  • Aéroport Cooper
  • Bar Chez Maurice
  • Bar Planète St-Lazare
  • Club équestre Les Forestiers
  • Sports Complex
  • Festivals
  • Festival équestre Gymkhana
  • Horse shows
  • La Pinière
  • Torchlight Parade (ATV)
  • Trails and paths
  • Canins canine sport center


ATV trail passing, criss-crossing with equestrian horse trails through the western portion of Saint-Lazare, Quebec.

Saint-Lazare is graced by significant public funding for its ambitious recreational projects. Bedard Park in the centre of the town is a relatively large park equipped with a small water park, a grass field, three baseball diamonds, and tennis courts. In the winter two hockey rinks and an ice skating oval are added. The park hosts several events throughout the year, among the biggest of which is the annual St-Jean-de-Baptiste festival. Another large, multi-use park is called Le Parc nature les Forestiers de Saint-Lazare (2800 Chemin Lotbinière, Saint-Lazare, QC J7T 3H9). It is a 4-season park, with an outdoor pool, trails for hiking, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing, and picnic areas.

Other parks in Saint-Lazare are scattered among the small subdivisions throughout the municipality.

A new privately -financed sports centre was opened to the public in 2006 which includes an indoor soccer turf, a hockey rink, and a gym.


Areas surrounding Saint-Lazare are dedicated to equestrian horse riding, including sanctioned trails that flow through wooded forests and nearby lakes in the region. Many trails are sand based, which is due in part to the popularity of this type of activity in the region. The town has one of the largest populations of horses, approximately 3,500 with many residential properties fully dedicated to breeding and horse training.


All-terrain vehicles are very popular in the region with an officially sanctioned trail, which runs between Saint-Lazare and the nearby town of Rigaud, Quebec. The trail is maintained by regional members of local ATV clubs. The trails are open in all four seasons, and groomed in the winter using heavy machinery.



The city is served by the 51 bus from the Exo La Presqu’Île, terminating at the Vaudreuil train station.


Commission Scolaire des Trois-Lacs operates Francophone schools.[11]

There is one French language public high school (École secondaire Cité-des-Jeunes in Vaudreuil-Dorion) in the area.

Lester B. Pearson School Board operates Anglophone schools.[13]

A new senior elementary school, Forest Hill Senior, was opened in 2006. There are also two English language public secondary schools in the surrounding area (Westwood Senior - formerly Hudson High School - and Westwood Junior-formerly known as Vaudreuil Catholic High School). A new English-language elementary school (Birchwood Elementary) has opened for the 2011–2012 school year, even after many delays in construction.

There is a semi-private[citation needed] French-speaking institution in Rigaud (Collège-Bourget).

Sports clubs

See also


  1. ^ Reference number 369778 of the Commission de toponymie du Québec (in French)
  2. ^ a b Ministère des Affaires municipales, des Régions et de l'Occupation du territoire: Saint-Lazare
  3. ^ Parliament of Canada Federal Riding History: VAUDREUIL--SOULANGES (Quebec)
  4. ^ a b 2011 Statistics Canada Census Profile: Saint-Lazare, Quebec
  5. ^ Hopper, Tristin (27 November 2015). "Quebec town makes stand for English: Told to remove 'welcome' sign, decides to drop French too". National Post. Retrieved 25 December 2018.
  6. ^ "2011 Community Profiles". 2011 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. 5 July 2013. Retrieved 19 February 2014.
  7. ^ "2006 Community Profiles". 2006 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. 30 March 2011. Retrieved 19 February 2014.
  8. ^ "2001 Community Profiles". 2001 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. 17 February 2012.
  9. ^ a b Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011, 2016 census
  10. ^ http://sis.agr.gc.ca/cansis/publications/surveys/pq/pq53/pq53_report.pdf Lajoie and Stobbe, (1951). Soil Survey of Soulanges and Vaudreuil Counties in the Province of Quebec
  11. ^ "Les écoles et les centres". Commission Scolaire des Trois-Lacs. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
  12. ^ "Liste des bassins desservis par les écoles en 2017-2018." Commission Scolaire des Trois-Lacs. Retrieved on 30 September 2017.
  13. ^ "School Board Map." Lester B. Pearson School Board. Retrieved on 28 September 2017.