Huntlywood Statue
Source: Beaconsfield and Beaurepaire, R. Baird and G. Hall


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Beaconsfield Nature

 

Taxi about 1900
Collection: R.F. McBride
Fact or Fiction Quiz

Fact or fiction? You decide.

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#100 Beaconsfield unites to Commemorate and Celebrate its past and future during a unique Centennial year. FACT or FICTION?

#99 The steamship company named, Beaconsfield Steamships Ltd., was owned by a Beaconsfield resident. FACT or FICTION?

#98 Gold was discovered in Beaconsfield in 1847. FACT or FICTION?

#97 In 1952, a furnished bungalow with heated garage and sundeck cost between $148,500 and $185,000 with a cash payment of $35,000. FACT or FICTION?

#96 During WWII residents on Kenwood heard dynamite blasts everyday. FACT or FICTION?

#95 In the 1980’s, there was a ‘pet stop’ in Beaconsfield. FACT or FICTION?

#94 A Beaconsfield employee designed a graffiti-proof ‘Stop’ sign. FACT or FICTION?

#93 In 1910, you could get a ticket for speeding if you drove 20 miles per hour in Beaconsfield! FACT or FICTION?

#92 In 1886, stamps were sold only during the summer in Beaconsfield. FACT or FICTION?

#91 In 1910, speeding cars were timed with a stop watch. FACT or FICTION?

#90 11 churches were built in 11 years in Beaconsfield. FACT or FICTION?

#89 In the 1950s, a coach house was used as a church in Beaconsfield. FACT or FICTION?

#88 Famous artist, architect and author P. Roy Wilson, who lived in Beaconsfield for over 50 years, designed the new Christ Church of Beaurepaire in 1962. FACT or FICTION?

#87 In Beaconsfield, recycled items are turned into art. FACT or FICTION?

#86 Canada’s Grand Old Man of Flowers was from Beaconsfield. FACT or FICTION?

#85 The Muse of the Rose Garden (statue in the Library) was once called The flower Lady of Beaurepaire FACT or FICTION?

#84 In Beaconsfield, St. Edmund of Canterbury Church baptizes children in a naval ship bell. FACT or FICTION?

#83 The first Canadian winner of the Cytotechnology Award was a Beaconsfield resident. FACT or FICTION?

#82 The Beaconsfield Library has a piece of wall from another house hanging on its walls. FACT or FICTION?

#81 Rolf Harder, a Beaconsfield resident, designed many of the Canadian series of stamps. FACT or FICTION?

#80 Dr. Stephen Hanessian, chemist and teacher from Beaconsfield, received the first Alfred Bader Award in organic and medicinal chemistry. FACT or FICTION?

#79 One of April Wine’s band members, Brian Greenway, is from Beaconsfield. FACT or FICTION?

#78 In 1951 an old truck was used to distribute books. FACT or FICTION?

#77 Beaconsfield had its own group of seven. FACT or FICTION?

#76 A millionaire once worked repairing bicycles at Doug Anakin Sports Store. FACT or FICTION?

#75 The Grove was once a jail. FACT or FICTION?

#74 Canadian actor Kenny Vadas was raised in Beaconsfield. FACT or FICTION?

#73 A bomb was once found in the basement of a home in Beaconsfield. FACT or FICTION?

#72 Four Liberals from Beaconsfield sat on the National Assembly as backbenches at the same time. FACT or FICTION?

#71 The movie Brainscan was filmed in Gables Court and on Thompson’s Point. FACT or FICTION?

#70 Beaconsfield has its own Von Trapp Family ― the McFarlane Clan. FACT or FICTION?

#69 The Asexuals was the name of a punk-pop band from Beaconsfield in the 80s. FACT or FICTION?

#68 Bernard Séguin Poirier, the internationally renowned fine arts enamel painter, once held an exhibition in a private home in Beaconsfield. FACT or FICTION?

#67 An animal shelter once operated out of the basement of the Recreation Centre. FACT or FICTION?

#66 "Operation Door Knock" was a name used to designate Halloween because children knocked on doors asking for candy. FACT or FICTION?

#65 The Recreation Centre was once known as Hotel Beaconsfield. FACT or FICTION?

#64 The Beaconsfield Historic House is located in Beaconsfield and is better known as the Grove. FACT or FICTION?

#63 In 2009, a Mumme was instrumental in building community spirit in Beaconsfield. FACT or FICTION?

#62 The original members of the Beaconsfield Golf Club were from the Westmount Golf Club. FACT or FICTION?

#61 On four separate occasions, the bull belonging to a Catholic farmer demolished a sign announcing the establishment of a Protestant Church. FACT or FICTION?

#60 Beaconsfield’s motto is: "FORTI NIHIL FACILE". FACT or FICTION?

#59 In the late nineteenth Century, the farm women in Beaconsfield worked in the fields. FACT or FICTION?

#58 The Beaconsfield Recreation Centre officially opened in 1974 as indicated in its address: 1974 City Lane. FACT or FICTION?

#57 In 1889, the CN and the CP railways worked in harmony to offer West Island commuters train service. FACT or FICTION?

#56 Centennial Hall was once a youth protection school named Marian Hall. FACT or FICTION?

#55 Beaconsfield’s mascot is a large squirrel named Binky. FACT or FICTION?

#54 Beaconsfield boasts a prosperous vineyard. FACT or FICTION?

#53 Centennial Hall was named to commemorate Beaconsfield’s Centennial Year. FACT or FICTION?

#52 The Beaconsfield Girl Guides are celebrating their 100th anniversary in 2010. FACT or FICTION?

#51 In 1925, Beaurepaire had telephones, electricity, garbage and snow removal as well as a sewage and water supply system. FACT or FICTION?

#50 Up until about 1917, a lamplighter went around each evening with his horse and cart and lit the lamps with a torch. FACT or FICTION?

#49 Beaconsfield once boasted that it was the Mecca for Fast Horse Lovers. FACT or FICTION?

#48 In 1931 the residents of Beaconsfield voted for prohibition. FACT or FICTION?

#47 The Municipal Court of the Town of Beaconsfield pardoned the first accused after pleading guilty. FACT or FICTION?

#46 Christmas Park Chalet was once the site of the Beaconsfield Library. FACT or FICTION?

#45 31 years after voting for prohibition, Beaconsfielders voted 66% in favor of a liquor store. FACT or FICTION?

#44 The Beaconsfield Library once operated out of a broom closet. FACT or FICTION?

#43 In 1948, the flip of a coin determined the outcome of the municipal election. FACT or FICTION?

#42 In 1929 ploughing Beaconsfield and Lakeshore boulevards cost the same as ploughing your driveway in 2010. FACT or FICTION?

#41 On the day of incorporation, the City of Beaconsfield had its own accredited Coat of Arms. FACT or FICTION?

#40 In 1920 a painted outhouse was a status symbol in Beaurepaire. FACT or FICTION?

#39 Kitchen tables were used as surgical operating tables in the 1930s. FACT or FICTION?

#38 Lakeshore Road used to be called Le Chemin du Roi and stretched from Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue to Montreal. FACT or FICTION?

#37 In 1920, the Town Constable was Mr. Beaton, a highly respected man. Kids actually thought that our town was called “Beatonsfield". FACT or FICTION?

#36 Today commuters from Montreal hop off the train, get in their cars and drive home. In 1920 one of the children from the household would meet Dad after work with a coaster wagon to help him with his purchases like the Sunday roast or a keg of nails. FACT or FICTION?

#35 East of 43 Beaconsfield Blvd. there used to be a field that flooded in the spring where kids would try to catch spawning fish with a bow and arrow. FACT or FICTION?

#34 In the 1940s kids could travel by small boat under Beaconsfield Blvd. and St. Charles to Lake St. Louis. FACT or FICTION?

#33 In 1917, Beaconsfield had only 3 street lights. FACT or FICTION?

#32 In the 1920s, where the Beaconsfield Shopping Centre now stands, a fiddler played regularly into the early morning hours. FACT or FICTION?

#31 The Ishkoodah Cup is a sterling silver bowl given to the City by Queen Elizabeth II. FACT or FICTION?

#30 There are approximately 20,000 books in the Beaconsfield library. FACT or FICTION?

#29 The Mayor of Beaconsfield used to wear a gold head piece for important events. FACT or FICTION?

#28 The silversmith who made the Stanley Cup lived in Beaconsfield until he passed away. FACT or FICTION?

#27 A Beaconsfield resident kept a live bass in her tub until it was ready to cook and eat. FACT or FICTION?

#26 Five and twenty black birds were baked in a pie during WWI in Beaconsfield. FACT or FICTION?

#25 According to the Beaconsfield-Beaurepaire book, Beaurepaire means “lovely lair” so named for one of the first settlers who kept a lion cub as a pet. FACT or FICTION?

#24 The Hub was built by hand 62 years ago and was originally a general store. FACT or FICTION?

#23 Les Thorpe was born 76 years ago on a kitchen table in Beaconsfield. FACT or FICTION?

#22 A toy shop owner, called “Santa’s Elf” by the people of Beaurepaire Village, went door to door before Christmas selling toys to the people living on surrounding farms. FACT or FICTION?

#21 One hundred years ago mail was delivered into Beaconsfield home mailboxes as it is today. FACT or FICTION?

#20 One of Beaconsfield’s newest streets, Raspberry Crescent was so named because lots of raspberry canes grew there. FACT or FICTION?

#19 There are 2 Beaconsfields – one in Québec and one in France. FACT or FICTION?

#18 A beacon is a British word for flashlight. FACT or FICTION?

#17 Once upon a time, Pointe-Claire was part of Beaconsfield. FACT or FICTION?

#16 There are no summer cottages left in Beaconsfield. FACT or FICTION?

#15 Before the St. Charles underpass was built, a wait of 30 minutes to cross the train tracks was not uncommon. FACT or FICTION?

#14 The oldest part of Beaconsfield is still officially known by Canada Post as Beaurepaire. FACT or FICTION?

#13 If you got lost on Evergreen Crescent, you might fall into a fish pond. FACT or FICTION?

#12 Somewhere outdoors in Beaconsfield there’s a large, stone statue of a lady, made in Europe, with her back turned toward the road. FACT or FICTION?

#11 In the old, old days, it could take as many as 8 hours to travel from Beaconsfield to Montreal. FACT or FICTION?

#10 The Drummond Park area is named after a family who once owned a large part of Beaconsfield. FACT or FICTION?

#9 Benjamin Disraeli, the Earl of Beaconsfield once lived in Beaconsfield. FACT or FICTION?

#8 Jean Guenet is a rock star from Beaconsfield. FACT or FICTION?

#7 If you get lost on Thompson Point, you could end up in jail. FACT or FICTION?

#6 Angell Avenue was so named because living there was heavenly. FACT or FICTION?

#5 A brook that meanders through Beaconsfield was once called Lichtenhein Creek. FACT or FICTION?

#4 The Grove Hotel never has any vacancies. FACT or FICTION?

#3 École Primaire Beaconsfield was once called Briarwood School. FACT or FICTION?

#2 Christmas Park is so named because Santa Claus supposedly landed there one year. FACT or FICTION?

#1 Huntlywood is a large mansion on a TV soap opera modelled after a home in Beaconsfield. FACT or FICTION?

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