Anyone who lives in the West Island has their good days and their bad days. some days it feels like everything and everyone is bending over backwards to make sure non of your plans get ruined. Other days, you just can't get a win.

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Here are 12 of the Best And Worst Things About Living In the West Island:

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Best: Peace and quiet



There's always a place you can go to where there's never too much commotion and people keep to themselves for the most part. There are loads of cool places that you can go to and relax just to get away from how wild the rest of the island can get.

There are lost of nature parks and quiet spots along the water that are perfect to just sit with a good book and take a load off.

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Worst: The Construction


While you can get around quite easily for the most part thanks to all the major roads, beware rush hour or basically any time during the summer. Road closings, repaving of the streets, and slow moving construction means that your drive is going to take significantly longer than usual.

It's not so much the actual work that annoys me and everyone else that lives here, it's more the seeing the construction area empty while the streets are blocked off.


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Best: The Sense of community



The West Island can sometimes be seen as some sort of super-sized small town. It seems like regardless of whether you live in Pointe-Claire, Beaconsfield, or Dollard, you always know other people from every corner of the West Island and that's something that definitely cannot be replicated anywhere else in Montreal which is something really cool and is one of the few things that can make "Westies" proud.


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Worst: STM



Unless you're taking one of the few express buses, all the other one come every 30 minutes and it's a genuine act of God if they arrive even remotely on time. It takes at least half an hour to get to the nearest metro station and thats if there's no traffic anywhere.

One of the most common expressions you can hear in the West Island is "I don't know when I'll get there it depends on the buses" and that is always a sad sight.


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Best: There's so much to do here



One of the main reasons that people who live in the West Island tend to stay they and not go downtown as much is because we have all sorts of awesome stuff right here and there's no need to commute all the way there.

If we can go visit places that are just as cool without making the voyage downtown then we would definitely stay. Especially if none of your friends live downtown.


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Worst: It takes 40,000 years to get downtown



Getting downtown from anywhere on the West Island is a real conundrum. Either you waste half a tank of gas driving there and back or you take the STM and bring along a good book because you'll definitely be waiting for a while. You can also take the train and pray there's one that's at a reasonable time and spend an absurd amount of money to use it.

Regardless, neither of the three options are ideal which just makes the decision about whether or not to go downtown that much easier.


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Best: Lots of major roads



The West Island is lucky enough to have three major roads that run across the island north-to-south and lost of ones that run parallel to Highway 20 and 40 makes planning your drive to various spots easy and efficient.


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Worst: It's so crowded and chaotic



While there are definitely some beautifully quiet and peaceful spots all over the West Island, the rest of the area is for the most part on store pilled onto another. The whole place just feels very crammed.


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Best: Great place to raise a family



There are lots of sports to play, children of all ages, some great schools (both public and private), and far more affordable housing than downtown. All in all, it's a great place to raise a family and have them grow into great people.


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Worst: We get a bad rep



For reasons that continue to elude me, people that live in the West Island always get a bad rep and it's extremely undeserved. We're either looked upon with pity since we apparently live far away from everything cool or with disdain given that we're lowly peasants from outside of the "hub" of the city.

What's wrong with being perfectly comfortable and enjoying the establishments provided around you


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Best: There are lots of ways to get around



Getting around is rarely a struggle since there are so many ways to get from point A to point B. There are loads of taxis and uber rides, you can always ask a friend for a lift, or you can take a bus if it happens to be passing by.


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Worst: Realizing everything is expensive



Well, you've finally moved out of the West Island, you decide to celebrate and go out to eat like you've done a thousand times before. Then you get hit with the bill and you quickly realize that you're not in Kansas anymore. You realize that you're going to have to pay for stuff like this all the time from now on. That's when you start to miss the West Island again.

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