Summit Circle – a view from the top

A view of Montreal from Summit Circle, at the top of Westmount. is a city on the Island of Montreal, an enclave of the city of Montreal, in south western Quebec.


Westmount is mostly a wealthy residential area, a separate city on the Island of Montreal, containing schools, an arena, a pool, a public library and a number of parks, including Westmount Park and King George Park (also known as Murray Hill Park). The city operates its own electricity distribution company Westmount Light & Power (Hydro Westmount). The city is also the location of three Canadian Forces Primary Reserves : 34 Combat Engineer Regiment, The Royal Montreal Regiment and 34th Signals Regiment.


Traditionally, the community of Westmount was an enclave of wealthy anglophones of British ancestry, having been at one point the richest community in Canada; it now competes with West Vancouver in British Columbia, Forest Hill, Rosedale, and The Bridle Path, in Toronto for the title.



This made the city one of several symbolic targets of FLQ terrorist bombings in the 1960s, culminating in the 1970 October Crisis. However, it is now mostly inhabited by middle and upper-middle class families of multiple ethnic and linguistic backgrounds with the stereotype only partially existing at the very top of the mountain, around Summit Circle, a road which rings around its summit (one of the three peaks of Mount Royal), and on which some of Montreal’s wealthiest families (including the Bronfmans and the Molsons) have built their homes as well as select avenues located off The Boulevard.

The image above is linked to a much larger version, that includes the area shown in the time lapse below.

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