Photo cred - Steve Brandon

Stop me if you heard this already. You're in a social situation, could be a party, could be just a casual meeting with some friends of friends. People start chatting. Someone turns to you.

"So, where do you live?"

"The West Island."

Here it comes, either a) they're a fellow Westie, or b) they don't care, or c) they raise an eyebrow, feel a brief flash of pity for this poor West Islander living so far away from everything cool, and then immediately go back to not caring. Hey, I lived in West Island for a long time. There's plenty of plus sides to living there - the biking trails, the quiet, the affordable housing - too bad sometimes we act as a punchline for the rest of the island. But if you live in Dorval, Pointe-Claire, Kirkland, Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Beaconsfield, Baie-D'Urfé, Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, or Pierrefonds, you know that the struggle is real.

Click here for 11 Real Struggles For Someone Who Lives In Montreal's West Island >

Knowing nothing about French people

People who stay in West Island think French people are weird, mythical creatures of legend: they're heard of but never seen (like unicorns. To West Islanders, Francophones are unicorns).

Ending every afternoon out with friends with "Sorry guys, I have to catch my train."

You have the 6:30 P.M and 9:15 P.M Lucien-L'Allier train departure times seared into your brain, to the point where your train senses start tingling without you even checking the time.

Photo cred - Philippe Fist

Unless they have a car, it's hard trying to invite people over from the rest of the island

You actually cannot get a downtown-er to stay at your house overnight unless you promise a ride back.

Photo cred - Dwayne

At parties, trying to follow conversations about recreational hockey, ringette, swimming, etc. that you couldn't care less about.

Does anyone outside the West Island even know what ringette is?

Photo cred - Google

Bragging about your local restaurant scene is a bit difficult

The choice when eating out in the West Island is...not amazing, compared to some other neighbourhoods. Unlike some of your Mile End or downtown friends, you don't have many choices for a cool, local spot to call your own.

Photo cred - Steve Brandon

Figuring out which bus terminal is more depressing: Dorval, Côte-Vertu, or Fairview

Girls can answer this by figuring out which terminal has more creeps trying to harass them.

Non-white people: Looking around sometimes and thinking "Woah, I'm the only brown/black/Asian person here."

And when you finally find someone else, you nod at each other like "AYYYYY ....I see you".

Trying to explain that Ligne Vaudreuil-Hudson and Dorion-Rigaud are actually the same thing

One train, two names, maximum confusion to non-West Islanders.

Taking the night buses.

If you've ever taken a night bus, you know what I'm talking about here.

Navigating the congested traffic on Autoroute 20

In most cases, it's better to take the train during rush hour. Too bad rush hour starts at 2:3o P.M and lasts till 6 P.M.

 
Photo cred - Steve Brandon

Never escaping high school, because everyone ends up at John Abbott

Unlike people who leave for other schools, it's impossible to let the people you dislike to fade gracefully out of your life. When are they going to accept that you two are still Facebook friends, but you're going to mutually pretend not to see each other in social situations?

If you’re also a weirdo about Montreal culture and humour, find Sijia on Twitter (@chuffystilton) or on her tumblr.

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