MP-0000.888.11 | Outremont Park, Mount Royal in background, Outremont, QC, about 1910

 
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Outremont Park, Mount Royal in background, Outremont, QC, about 1910
Anonyme - Anonymous
About 1910, 20th century
Coloured ink on paper mounted on card - Photolithography
8 x 13 cm
Gift of Mr. Stanley G. Triggs
MP-0000.888.11
© McCord Museum
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Suburban Living Thanks to the Telephone

While the telephone was becoming an everyday item, Canadian cities were experiencing major population growth. In 1901, 34.8 percent of Canadians lived in cities of over 100,000 inhabitants; this proportion had climbed to 53 percent by 1931. The populations of greater Montreal and metro Toronto grew spectacularly, and by 1931 had reached 1 million and 818,000, respectively.

Theoretically, the telephone, like means of transportation, overcame distances and reduced the need for proximity. Did that spell the end of cities? Of course not. But the middle classes, especially, preferred the suburbs. With a streetcar system, outlying areas could attract people looking for peace and quiet, away from the hubbub of the city.

  • What

    All over the country, suburbs were sprouting up like mushrooms. Some were industrial, while others were solely residential.

  • Where

    The town of Outremont, on the slopes of Mount Royal, is now in the heart of greater Montreal, but was considered to be a suburb in 1910.

  • When

    When it was founded in 1895, Outremont had some 1,000 residents. By 1911 the number had quadrupled to 4,820.

  • Who

    In the early 20th century, Outremont had French-speaking and English-speaking residents, along with a large Jewish population.