Longueuil-Quebec is situated on the southern shore of the Saint Lawrence River about 7 kilometres (5 miles) south of Montreal. Settled in 1657 as a seigneurie, Longueuil has a total area of 122.90 square kilometres (47.45 square miles). There are more than 230,000 citizens of this Montreal suburb according to the 2011 census.
Founder Charles Le Moyne named Longueuil after a city in Normandy, France. Combining industry, commerce and residences, Longueuil-Quebec is a well-organized, sustainable community divided into three boroughs: Le Vieux-Longueiul, Saint-Hubert and Greenfield Park.
In 1690, Fort Longueuil was built to protect the local citizens. Fort Longueuil is listed as a National Historic Site of Canada. This area has a great natural park system, including the Parc Marie-Victorin, Parc Michel-Chartrand, Parc de la Cite and Boise du Tremblay. Ice hockey arenas are quite plentiful in this town. Land values are still very reasonable in Longueuil.
The Longueuil International Percussion Festival attracts more than 200,000 tourists each year. The Real-Bouvier Marina is a popular water are on the Saint Lawrence River. Students can learn at the Universite de Sherbrooke and Universite de Montreal campuses.
The top employers include Pratt & Whitney, Heroux-Devtek, Canadian Space Agency and Agropur. The Reseau de Transport de Longueuil (RTL) provides bus, taxi and other transportation services. Commuters can also take the Yellow Line of the Agence Metropolitaine de Transport (AMT). The Montreal and Southern Counties Railway have tracks running through the town. The Saint-Hubert airport is a local transportation hub.
Highways A-20, A-25 and A-30 course through the city of Longueuil-Quebec. The Saint Lawrence River has five automobile crossings, including Louis Hippolyte Lafontaine Tunnel and Jacques Cartier Bridge. The Montreal Saint Hubert Airport is nearby. An estimated 80percent of the residents speak French, while about 7percent speak English.