Dorval /dɔːrˈvæl/ (French pronunciation: ​[dɔʁval]) is an on-island suburb on the island of Montreal in southwestern Quebec, Canada. In 2016, the Canadian Census indicated that the population increased by 4.2% to 18,980. Although the city has the largest surface area in the West Island, it is among the least densely populated. Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport constitutes about 60% of the city's land, forcing all of Dorval's population to be concentrated in the southern part of the city.

Train station and Trudeau Airport in Dorval
Train station and Trudeau Airport in Dorval
Location on the Island of Montreal. (Outlined areas indicate demerged municipalities).
Location on the Island of Montreal.
(Outlined areas indicate demerged municipalities).
Dorval is located in Southern Quebec
Location in southern Quebec.
Coordinates: 45°27′N 73°45′W / 45.450°N 73.750°W / 45.450; -73.750Coordinates: 45°27′N 73°45′W / 45.450°N 73.750°W / 45.450; -73.750[1]
Country Canada
Province Quebec
Merged into Dorval–L'Île-DorvalJanuary 1, 2002
ReconstitutedJanuary 1, 2006
 • MayorMarc Doret
 • Federal ridingDorval—Lachine—LaSalle
 • Prov. ridingMarquette
 • Total20.9 km2 (8.1 sq mi)
 • Total18,980
 • Density910.3/km2 (2,358/sq mi)
 • Pop 2011-2016
Increase 4.2%
 • Dwellings
Time zoneUTC−5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Postal code(s)
Area code(s)514 and 438

A-40 (TCH)

Dorval is the oldest city in the West Island, having been founded in 1667, and one of the oldest in Canada and North America.


The history of Dorval dates back more than 350 years to 1665 when Sulpician priests established a mission on the outskirts of Ville-Marie, a French settlement which later became known as Montreal. Dorval was originally named Gentilly. It was later renamed La Présentation-de-la-Vierge-Marie. In 1691, the domain of La Présentation, originally owned by Pierre Le Gardeur de Repentigny, was acquired by Jean-Baptiste Bouchard dit d'Orval. d'Orval's last name is Bouchard with d'Orval added by his father Claude to reference his birthplace in Montigny-Lengrain, France.[4] It was incorporated as a village in 1892, a town in 1903, and a city in 1956. (In French it was termed a cité, an Old French term from which the English legal term "city" originates.)

Residential street in Dorval.

As with many other settlements on the island of Montreal, the Grand Trunk Railway, which came to Dorval in 1855, was highly instrumental in attracting many wealthier families, mostly English-speaking, in search of a summer refuge in proximity to their downtown residence and place of work. Access to Dorval from Montreal was also facilitated by the extension of streetcar service to Dorval's eastern city limits in the interwar period. After the Second World War many middle-class families migrated to Dorval from the city of Montreal and from other parts of Canada. This migration was made possible by the widening of highway 20 and by the large-scale construction of new dwellings. This new housing consisted mostly of single family homes with some townhouses and low-rise apartment buildings, built on lands previously used for agriculture and recreational activities. The post-war period also saw the construction of Dorval Gardens shopping centre in 1954, one of Greater Montreal's first mall-style shopping centres. Today the shopping centre remains the city's principal centre of retail trade.

The island named Dorval Island, settled in 1860 and located less than one kilometre offshore from Dorval, constitutes the separate city of L'Île-Dorval despite being a summer cottage community with only five permanent residents as of the Canada 2011 Census. The island is connected to the city of Dorval by a private ferry service.

On January 1, 2002, as part of the 2002–2006 municipal reorganization of Montreal, Dorval was merged into the city of Montreal, being combined with L'Île-Dorval to form the Dorval–L'Île-Dorval borough of Montreal. After a change of government and a 2004 referendum, Dorval was reconstituted as a city on January 1, 2006. Although Dorval had the legal status of cité prior to the merger, the reconstituted city has the status of ville (see Types of municipalities in Quebec). Nevertheless, the municipal government refers to itself as the "Cité de Dorval".


Historical populations
Home Language (2016)
Language Population Percentage (%)
English 10,045 58%
French 5,090 29%
Other 2,270 13%
Mother Tongue (2016)
Language Population Percentage (%)
English 7,795 44%
French 5,540 31%
Other 4,545 23%
Visible Minorities (2016)
Ethnicity Population Percentage (%)
Not a visible minority 14,215 76.6%
Visible minorities 4,350 23.4%


Dorval City Hall


Air Inuit and La Senza have their headquarters in Dorval.[6][7] Bombardier Inc. houses the headquarters of its Bombardier Aerospace division in Dorval.[8]

Previously Inter-Canadien had its headquarters in Dorval.[9]

Air Canada Centre, the headquarters of Air Canada, are located on the grounds of Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport and in Saint-Laurent, Montreal,[10][11] near Dorval.[12]


The Centre de services scolaire Marguerite-Bourgeoys operates Francophone public schools, but were previously operated by the Commission scolaire Marguerite-Bourgeoys until June 15, 2020. The change was a result of a law passed by the Quebec government that changed the school board system from denominational to linguistic.[13]

Schools include:

The Lester B. Pearson School Board (LBPSB) operates Anglophone public schools.

  • Dorval Elementary School,[14] formerly known as Courtland Park Elementary School until 2006.


Aéroports de Montréal, the Greater Montreal airport authority, has its headquarters in Leigh-Capreol Place (French: place Leigh-Capreol) in Dorval.[15]

Trudeau AirportEdit

Most of Montreal's principal airport, Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (previously known as Dorval Airport), is in Dorval.[16] Originally a military airfield used mainly to refuel new fighters and bombers being flown to Great Britain during the Second World War, Trudeau Airport today serves over 18 million passengers annually.[17]

Notable residentsEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Reference number 388463 of the Commission de toponymie du Québec (in French)
  2. ^ "Ministère des Affaires municipales, des Régions et de l'Occupation du territoire: Dorval". Archived from the original on 2012-05-01. Retrieved 2012-03-11.
  3. ^ Parliament of Canada Federal Riding History: NOTRE-DAME-DE-GRÂCE--LACHINE (Quebec)
  4. ^ "History of Dorval".
  5. ^
  6. ^ "Contact us Archived 2009-09-30 at the Wayback Machine." Air Inuit. Retrieved on October 8, 2009.
  7. ^ "Contact Us Archived 2013-03-13 at the Wayback Machine." La Senza. Retrieved on December 4, 2010. "La Senza Corporation Attn: Online Store Customer Service 1608, Boulevard St-Régis Dorval, Quebec, Canada H9P 1H6."
  8. ^ "Aerospace Directory." Bombardier Inc. Retrieved on December 4, 2010. "400 Côte-Vertu Road West Dorval, Québec Canada H4S 1Y9." Address in French: "400, chemin de la Côte-Vertu Ouest Dorval (Québec)."
  9. ^ "World Airline Directory." Flight International. 25–31 March 1998. p. 75. "795 Stuart Graham Boulevard North, Dorval, H4Y1E4, Quebec, Canada"
  10. ^ "Investors Contacts Archived 2016-02-04 at the Wayback Machine." Air Canada. Retrieved on December 4, 2010. "Air Canada Centre, 7373 Côte-Vertu Blvd. West Saint-Laurent, Quebec H4S 1Z3 ."
  11. ^ "ab11e5b4-ccb1-430e-9a7c-598d63c7480b.gif Archived 2011-07-06 at the Wayback Machine." City of Montreal. Retrieved on December 4, 2010.
  12. ^ "FAQ’s." Air Canada. Retrieved on December 4, 2010. "Our headquarters are located at 7373 Cote Vertu Ouest, Dorval, Quebec."
  13. ^
  14. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-12-11. Retrieved 2014-12-07.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  15. ^ "Contact us." Aéroports de Montréal. Retrieved on December 4, 2010. "Aéroports de Montréal 800 Leigh-Capreol Place Suite 1000 Dorval, Quebec H4Y 0A5." Address in French: "800, place Leigh-Capreol Bureau 1000 Dorval (Québec) H4Y 0A5."
  16. ^ "Detailed Map of Dorval Archived 2012-02-17 at the Wayback Machine." Dorval. Retrieved on November 4, 2010.
  17. ^

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