Bois-des-Filion is an off-island suburb of Montreal, located in Quebec, Canada, to the north of Montreal.

Location within Thérèse-De Blainville RCM.
Location in central Quebec.
Coordinates: 45°40′N 73°45′W[1]
RCMThérèse-De Blainville
ConstitutedJanuary 1, 1949
  MayorGilles Blanchette
  Federal ridingThérèse-De Blainville
  Prov. ridingBlainville
  Total4.90 km2 (1.89 sq mi)
  Land4.28 km2 (1.65 sq mi)
  Density2,216.2/km2 (5,740/sq mi)
  Pop 2006–2011
Time zoneUTC−05:00 (EST)
  Summer (DST)UTC−04:00 (EDT)
Postal code(s)
Area code(s)450 and 579

Route 335
Route 344

Historically, hundreds of families annually travelled to this region seasonally to experience the magnificent maple forests; however the tourist industry is currently a minor source of income for the city.

The primary language spoken by its citizens is French, and the primary source of employment is general manufacturing.

Origin of the name

The name Filion is derived from the surname of Antoine Feuillon, a local carpenter who could neither read nor write, and thus was unable to correct any errors in the spelling of his name as the first records were kept. Antoine Feuillion was the son of Michel Feuillon, a captain of the Musketeers of the Guards during the reign of the "Sun King", Louis XIV of France before his immigration to New France.

This town is named Bois des Filion because of the beautiful maple woods bordering it; le bois being French for "the woods". When the city was newly founded, one had to follow a path through these woods and ford a small river to enter the city.


This small town has a rich cultural history rooted in the legend of the lords, Céloron de Blainville and Lepage of Holy-Claire. Below are some important dates.

  • 1684 - The first Filion migrates to Canada
  • 1913 - The arrival of the Parish from the Abbot De Bray
  • 1945 - An association of citizens is formed and the process of becoming an official city is begun
  • 1949 - Bois-des-Filion becomes officially recognized as a city of Quebec and the first mayor is named, Joseph Germain.
  • 1955 - The second largest cross in the province is erected on Notre-Dame hill to celebrate the 10 year anniversary since the first association of citizens was formed.
  • 1980 - It became a municipality called Ville de Bois-des-Filion (City of Bois-des-Filion)

Mayors of Bois-des-Filion

Time in Office Mayor
January 19, 1949 to July 16, 1951 Joseph Germain
July 16, 1951 to July 18, 1955 Alexandre Savaria
July 18, 1955 to July 23, 1956 Joseph Germain
August 1, 1956 to July 9, 1963 Émile Pigeon
July 9, 1963 to July 2, 1965 Paul Perron
July 2, 1965 to May 15, 1968 L. Van Coppenolle
May 15, 1968 to June 19, 1968 G. Arthur Aubertin
July 25, 1968 to October 27, 1974 Jean-Guy Roger
October 9, 1974 to November 6, 1977 Pierre Côté
November 6, 1977 to November 11, 1985 Guy Papineau
November 11, 1985 to November 7, 1993 Pierre Paquin
November 7, 1993 to November 5, 2017 Paul Larocque
November 5, 2017 to ... Gilles Blanchette


The Commission scolaire de la Seigneurie-des-Mille-Îles (CSSMI) operates Francophone public schools.[4] The territory has the following schools:

  • École secondaire Rive-Nord
  • École Le Rucher pavillon Félix-Leclerc[5]

Most students are zoned to Le Rucher, secondaire Hubert-Maisonneuve in Rosemère (for lower secondary), and Rive-Nord (for upper secondary). Some are zoned to École Marie-Soleil-Tougas in Terrebonne, École Le Carrefour in Lorraine, and École secondaire du Harfang in Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines.[6]

Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board operates Anglophone public schools:


  1. Reference number 98642 of the Commission de toponymie du Québec (in French)
  2. Geographic code 73030 in the official Répertoire des municipalités (in French)
  3. Statistics Canada 2011 Census - Bois-des-Filion census profile
  4. "Admission et inscription Archived 2015-01-31 at the Wayback Machine." Commission scolaire de la Seigneurie-des-Mille-Iles. Retrieved on December 7, 2014. "La Commission scolaire de la Seigneurie-des-Mille-Iles (CSSMI) offre ses services aux résidents des municipalités de : Blainville, Boisbriand, Bois-des-Filion, Deux-Montagnes, Lorraine, Mirabel (Saint-Augustin, Saint-Benoît, Sainte-Scholastique et secteur du Domaine-Vert), Oka, Pointe-Calumet, Rosemère, Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines, Sainte-Marthe-sur-le-Lac, Sainte-Thérèse, Saint-Eustache, Saint-Joseph-du-Lac, Saint-Placide et Terrebonne Ouest."
  5. "Le Rucher (pavillon Félix-Leclerc)." Commission scolaire de la Seigneurie-des-Mille-Îles. Retrieved on September 20, 2017.
  6. "Répertoire des aires de desserte par ville 2017 - 2018 (Généré le 20/9/2017) Bois-des-Filion Archived 2017-09-20 at the Wayback Machine." Commission scolaire de la Seigneurie-des-Mille-Îles. Retrieved on September 20, 2017.
  7. "McCAIG ELEMENTARY ZONE." Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board. Retrieved on September 16, 2017.
  8. "Rosemere High School Zone." Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board. Retrieved on December 8, 2014.

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