Photo cred - Michel G.
The West Island is BIG, and although the boroughs are often grouped together, each one is completely unique. If you grew up in Saint Anne’s, then you may not share the same experiences as someone growing up in Kirkland. But if you were raised in Pointe-Claire, well then you can probably relate to these 10 realities of growing up there.
1. Chilling With Friends At Wild Willy’s
Let's face it, growing up in Pointe-Claire, you've probably invested a small fortune in Wild Willy's. Any event in the village was met with a delicious serving of ice cream, and it was your go-to place in high school. Although you’ll never admit it, you’ve definitely pigged-out on one of their King Kong ice cream bowls. You visit less frequently now that you're older, but that doesn't mean you don't still get a craving only their Hurricanes can satiate.
2. Inevitable Trips To Stewart Hall
Stewart f---ing Hall. A place that looks beautiful from the outside but was the bane of your childhood. It's not that you don't like art, you love art, it's just that Stewart Hall brings back memories of being dragged to boring events by your grandmother where you had to mingle with old people who smelled like the entire perfume department at La Baie. It's not so bad now that you're older, but it still brings back the occasional nightmare.
3. Attending Soccer Tournaments
The Pointe-Claire Soccer Association knows how to throw a tournament. Every summer you'd countdown the days until Terra Cotta was covered in food tents and soccer moms. Even if you weren't playing, you knew someone who was, and you'd get to eat cheap hotdogs and cotton candy on a metal stand while 10 year-olds fumbled a ball. Even now, years after you've given the sport up, you still find yourself dragged to the tournament either by a younger cousin or a co-worker that never quite kicked the soccer habit.
Photo cred - Maurice Li Photography
4. Canada Day Celebrations
Despite the nauseating heat and crowds of people, the Pointe-Claire Village was the place to be come July 1st. Dressed head-to-toe in red and white, with face paint you kept sweating off, you'd head to the water to celebrate Canada Day. With live music, artisans, food, and beer (not to mention outstanding fireworks that all your friends went to) it was, and still is, the best place to celebrate the nation's birthday.
5. Sledding At Sunnyside
Sunnyside Hill and winter seemed like an even better combination than bacon and eggs if you grew up in Pointe-Claire. The second the snow fell, you and every other kid you knew, would race to Sunnyside with your crazy carpets and your flying saucers to throw yourself down the hill. It was all fun and games until things got icy and you started shooting out into the street. Then it was downright hilarious. Well, except for the cars trying not to hit you.
6. Loving, And Hating, Le Panier
If you’ve ever been to Le Panier, and you definitely have if you grew up in Pointe-Claire, then you know your relationship with the store is a complicated one. On the one hand, they sell some really cool things that you can’t find anywhere else and it’s a joy to shop there. On the other hand, they have that terrifying statue of the old woman which kept you up at night whenever you’d see it while shopping with your mom. And which, let’s be honest, still disturbs you well into adulthood.
7. The Maywood House On Halloween
Easily the coolest house in Pointe-Claire on Halloween, this particular home on Maywood would be dressed to the nines. The house would have cool projected spiders crawling on it, and their front yard would hold an array of horrors for everyone to enjoy. They'd give out the best candy, had the best scares, and did it all to raise money for the Starlight Children's Foundation. Every year you'd beg your parents to take you to the Maywood house, and even now that you're older you still make a point to pass by although you don't trick or treat anymore...
8. Church Bazaar And BBQ
If you grew up in Pointe-Claire then you’ve been to at least one church bazaar or BBQ in your lifetime. Even if your family was the furthest thing from religious, someone along the way has forced you to help support your community by buying a slightly burnt hotdog and a handmade scarf. Although you never enjoyed going to them, you’d be lying if you said you didn’t miss the overpriced Pillsbury cookies sold by old women who liked to talk about their cats.
Photo cred - mallix
9. Pool Day
Possibly the only day as cool (maybe even cooler) than Delibee’s poutine day was your school’s pool day held at the end of the academic year. Sure, you had to spend the first half of the day with your bathing suit under your clothes, got burnt like a lobster while you were at the pool because you didn’t want to waste time putting on your sunscreen, and the walk home in a wet outfit was the worst thing ever, but at least you missed math class and got to go swimming.
10. Having Nowhere To Hang Out
With the exception of Wild Willy’s, Fairview, the playground of your school, or your local park, there really weren’t many places go hang out in Pointe-Claire while growing up. Although it seemed like a bit of a bummer at the time, it definitely helped you develop a strong imagination. Plus, it made you insanely resourceful and who wouldn’t be grateful for that?