Things to do in Pointe-Claire
Pointe-Claire is a charming and historic municipality located on the
Island of Montreal. Surrounded by its big-city neighbour, Pointe-Claire
maintains a quiet charm all its own. Pointe-Claire's history dates more
than 300 years and it features many historically and architecturally
Sports and Outdoor Activities
More than 10 percent of Pointe-Claire's land is set aside for parkland
and green spaces. The city has 14 major parks including several on the
banks of the Saint Lawrence River. Most have swimming pools, playgrounds, tennis courts, and soccer and baseball fields. Terra Cotta Natural Park the perfect escape for nature-lovers. It covers approximately 116 acres and features streams, pathways, and nature trails.
Pointe-Claire's riverside location makes it the ideal location to
enjoy boating and water sports. Check out Pointe-Claire's sailing base,
public boat ramp, and canoe club. The Pointe-Claire Yacht Club
offers sailing courses for all levels and is a great place to hang out
with other boating enthusiasts. Golfers will enjoy an afternoon at Beaconsfield Golf Course,
which offers well-manicured fairways lined with maple trees. During the
winter months, Pointe-Claire boasts outdoor hockey rinks and one
skating oval and the Bob-Birnie Arena has two indoor ice rinks, which are open year-round.
Pointe-Claire's proximity to Montreal is also good news for sports lovers. Montreal is home to the Montreal Canadiens the only NHL team to pre-date the founding of the NHL. Montreal is also home to the Canadian Football League (CFL) team, the Montreal Alouettes. Montreal hosts the annual Formula One Canadian Grand Prix each year and has its own Major League Soccer (MLS) team.
Arts and Culture
The cultural hub of Montreal is within easy reach of Pointe-Claire,
which opens up a world of arts and entertainment opportunities such as Montreal's International Jazz Festival and the Montreal Fringe Festival.
The historic buildings of Pointe-Claire are second to none. The Communal Mill is
one of the oldest colonial structures on the Island of Montreal and
features a windmill, the symbol of Pointe-Claire. Other
fascinating buildings include the St. Joachim of Pointe-Claire Church,
Canada Hotel, The Presbytery, and Stewart Hall. The tiny Morin Chapel is
also well worth a visit.
Places to Volunteer in Pointe-Claire
Volunteering is a great way to build work experience, make new
friends, and make a difference in your community. Here are a few
organizations in Pointe-Claire that may need the help of volunteers:
- Literacy Unlimited/Alphabetisation Sans Limite
- Health Partners International of Canada/Partenaires Canadiens pour la Sante Internationale
- West-Island Community Shares/Partage-Action de l'ouest-de-l'ile