Hampstead is an affluent on-island suburb of Montreal, Quebec. Despite its status as an independent municipality, the town itself is engulfed by the boroughs of Montreal creating a garden city setting within an urban environment.
Hampstead Town Hall
Location on the Island of Montreal.
(Outlined areas indicate demerged municipalities).
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|Constituted||January 1, 2006|
|• Mayor||William Steinberg|
|• Federal riding||Mount Royal|
|• Prov. riding||D'Arcy-McGee|
|• Total||1.80 km2 (0.69 sq mi)|
|• Land||1.79 km2 (0.69 sq mi)|
|• Density||3,996.5/km2 (10,351/sq mi)|
|• Pop 2006-2011||2.2%|
|Time zone||UTC−5 (EST)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−4 (EDT)|
|Area code(s)||514 and 438|
|Highways||No major routes|
The Town of Hampstead was founded in 1914. It was designed to be an exclusive garden city. There are no retail shops within municipal boundaries. Houses were assigned relatively large lots to allow space for trees and shrubbery. The town's roads were designed with curves in order to slow down traffic and to create an interesting and intimate landscape. Despite its rather flat topography—much of the territory was once a golf course—the town was named after another garden city, the London suburb of Hampstead Village. Like its namesake, Hampstead is the home of many affluent citizens, and competes with a few other suburbs for first place in the rankings of highest average household incomes in Canada.
Merger and demergerEdit
On January 1, 2002, as part of the 2002–06 municipal reorganization of Montreal, it was merged with Côte-Saint-Luc and Montreal West and became the Côte-Saint-Luc–Hampstead–Montréal-Ouest borough of the City of Montreal. However, after a change of government and a 2004 referendum, all three were re-constituted as independent cities on January 1, 2006.
Places of interestEdit
Hampstead Park has a public pool, two basketball courts, two baseball fields, ten tennis courts, soccer fields, a beach volleyball court and a play area for children. In the winter two ice rinks are built where the children play and skate.
In the November 6, 2005 municipal elections, William Steinberg was elected mayor of Hampstead. Steinberg was the first new mayor after 4 years of civic control by Gérald Tremblay, when Hampstead was part of Montreal. Until Hampstead merged with Montreal, Irving Adessky had been mayor for 27 years (1974-2001). In his honour, the community centre has been renamed after him. Steinberg was re-elected on November 1, 2009 defeating former town councillor David Sternthal with 61% of the vote. On November 3, 2013 Mayor Steinberg was reelected for a third term defeating former town councillor Bonnie Feigenbaum with 61.21% of the vote (voter turnout was 44.5%). In the 2017 Municipal Elections, Steinberg, Warren Budning, Harvey Shaffer, Jack Edery, and Michael Goldwax were acclaimed.
There are six town councillors.
- Warren Budning (re-elected)
- Harvey Shaffer (re-elected)
- Jack Edery (re-elected)
- Leon Elfassy (re-elected)
- Michael Goldwax (re-elected)
- Cheryl Weigensberg
The town is noted for having the highest percentage of Jewish residents of any city in Canada, and the third highest worldwide outside Israel.
|Religion||Population||Percentage||% (of total in Quebec)|
|No religious affiliation||300||4.3%||0.07%|
|Canada 2006 Census||Population||% of Total Population|
|Visible minority group
|Other visible minority||155||2.3|
|Total visible minority population||655||9.4|
|Total Aboriginal population||0||0|
In terms of mother tongue, the 2006 census found that, including multiple responses, almost 63% of residents spoke English, and about 16% of residents spoke French. The next most commonly reported first languages learned were Hebrew, Yiddish, Polish and Romanian.
|Mother Tongue||Population (2006)||Percentage (2006)||Population (2016)||Percentage (2016)|
|English and French||45||0.6%||130||1.9%|
|English and a non-official language||55||0.8%||70||1.0%|
|French and a non-official language||85||1.2%||45||0.6%|
|English, French and a non-official language||20||0.3%||35||0.5%|
|Language||Population (2006)||Percentage (2006)||Population (2011)||Percentage (2011)||Population (2016)||Percentage (2016)|
|Both English and French||70||1.00%||120||1.68%||130||1.87%|
Two major thoroughfares exist in Hampstead. One is Queen Mary Road and the other is Fleet Road. While it is difficult to drive quickly down Queen Mary (because of all the stop signs), Fleet Road is geared for automobile traffic, with synchronized traffic lights.
There were various stages of development for Hampstead. The newer areas tend to be to the north and to the west. The city is almost completely composed of single family residences, except for the apartment buildings on Côte-Saint-Luc Road, and the duplexes and triplexes along MacDonald, Cleve, Dufferin, Heath, Holtham, Harrow and Aldred Roads. There are no commercial properties in the city. There is only one school in the city, the Hampstead Elementary School, which is public.
At the beginning of each summer is Hampstead Day, which features a small carnival and fireworks, curated by the staff of the Hampstead Pool and of the Hampstead Day Camp.
Twin towns — Sister citiesEdit
Hampstead is twinned with:
- Kiryat Shmona, Israel (since 1978)
People from HampsteadEdit
- Reference number 388460 of the Commission de toponymie du Québec (in French)
- Ministère des Affaires municipales, des Régions et de l'Occupation du territoire: Hampstead
- Parliament of Canada Federal Riding History: MOUNT ROYAL (Quebec)
- 2011 Statistics Canada Census Profile: Hampstead, Quebec
- "Profil sociodéographique: Ville de Hampstead" (PDF) (in French). Ville de Montréal. 2013. Retrieved 28 October 2013.
- Canada. 2002. 2001 Community Profiles. Released June 27, 2002.
- "Pickering, Ontario (City) Census Subdivision". Community Profiles, Canada 2006 Census. Statistics Canada.
- "Hampstead, V". Detailed Mother Tongue (103), Knowledge of Official Languages (5), Age Groups (17A) and Sex (3) for the Population of Canada, Provinces, Territories, Census Divisions and Census Subdivisions, 2006 Census - 20% Sample Data. Statistics Canada. 2007-11-20. Retrieved 2008-02-06.