The history of Dorval dates back more than 300 years to 1667 when Sulpician priests established a mission on the outskirts of what was then called Ville-Marie. The mission, originally named “Gentilly”, was later renamed “La Présentation de la Vierge Marie” and finally “Dorval”, which was incorporated as a village in 1892, as a town in 1903, as a city in l956, became a borough of Montreal in 2002, and a city again in 2006.
As with many other settlements on the Island of Montreal, the railroad, 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. From 12,853 residents in 1955, Dorval numbers are today more than 19,000.
Dorval is located on the south-west portion of the Island of Montreal, along the shores of Lake St.Louis. Its numerous parks, green spaces, and elaborate recreational facilities, coupled with a community life that is second to none, provide residents with an enviable environment. As a people-oriented City, Dorval meets the needs and expectations of its residents with a complete range of services and activities as well as an outstanding quality of life which make it a “great place to live and work.”
Dorval enjoys a diversified economy as evidenced by its various types of commercial and industrial establishments. The dominant feature of the City remains the Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau International Airport, which gives Dorval a definite edge in terms of economic development. From airport city and former residential suburb, the City has become, over the years, the meeting place of more than 25,000 people who come daily to work for the many firms located in its strategically located industrial parks.
In 1957, Dorval Mayor John Pratt signed a declaration to twin the City of Dorval and the Town of Oakville, making them sister cities.
This friendship association between the two cities declares the Mayor and the Councillors of the Town of Oakville honorary members of the council of the City of Dorval, and all citizens of the Town of Oakville honorary citizens of the City of Dorval.