Senneville is a small municipality on the western point of the Island of Montreal referred to as the West Island. It is the most affluent town on the island. It covers an area of 7.5 kilometers squared and has a population of only 962. It is bordered by only two other municipalities on its eastern side, Kirkland-Roxboro and Sainte-Anne-De-Bellevue. Senneville was incorporated into Montreal proper in 2002 through the municipal mergers, however voted to demerge in 2004. The town was considered an independent entity again beginning on January 1, 2006.
There are six city councilors in Senneville, one for each of the town’s districts. They work with the mayor of the town, who is currently George McLeish. McLeish and his government manage municipal needs of the small population, which is composed of only 305 families.
According to the last survey of the town, every family has two parents, and only 18% of the population was individuals living alone. The vastly predominant demographic of the town is white English-speakers, who make up over 95% of the population. The average household income for Senneville residents was $95,347 and the most common vocation is in management.
Formed in 1679, the entire village was constructed over a sheet of dolostone bedrock that creates a range of soil types around the area. Clay, sand, loam, and glacial till are common throughout the district and offer fertile agricultural ground for fruit trees and tender plants. The village is also surrounded on three sides by the Lac des Deux Montagnes, creating a micro-environment that is very conducive to decorative and exotic planting. This interesting natural beauty contributes to the appeal of the Terrain de Golf Senneville, the golf club in Senneville. The club is considered one of the premier courses on the Island of Montreal and is a dream attraction for wealthy tourists to the city. Established in 1948, the club is private and very exclusive. The variety of soil in the region has also helped contribute to the development of La Ferme du Fort Senneville, a highly-publicized organic farm on the Island. The farm’s goal is to provide the West Island community with organic and locally grown vegetables and fruit throughout the year and to promote the concept of organic farming across Quebec.
In spite of its small population, Senneville has been home to many notable individuals, including the 1980s American teen sensation Corey Hart and Academy Award winning actor and thespian Christopher Plummer.