In 1896, the Royal Montreal Golf Club moved to Dixie in the parish of Dorval, where it remained until the pressures of urban growth again dictated a decision to move. Founded in 1873, The Montreal Golf Club is the oldest golf club in North America. In 1884, Queen Victoria granted permission to use the “Royal” prefix.
The origin of Sainte-Anne Academy dates back to 1861 when the Congregation of Sisters of Saint Anne founded its first school: Villa Anna. The Sisters gradually expanded their educational mission to other parishes. In 1959, Queen of Angels Academy—a private girls’ school—opened with a class of 33 students. By 2006, 517 young people were attending the school, which had been secularized in 1998.
A dropping enrolment and financial pressures forced the school to close in June 2014. The Corporation du Collège Sainte-Anne de Lachine decided to give the heritage facilities new purpose by opening a bilingual kindergarten and primary school for girls and boys. On July 1, 2014, Queen of Angels Academy merged with Collège Sainte-Anne de Lachine, and the new Academy welcomed its 488 first students on August 26, 2015. They will be the first class with an opportunity to study at Sainte-Anne all the way from kindergarten through cégep in an environment marked by the values of the Sisters of Saint Anne.
On August 26, the Academy welcomed its first 483 students. On October 23, the Academy was officially inaugurated in the presence of Claude Dauphin and Edgar Rouleau, mayors of Lachine and Dorval respectively, several of the Sisters of Sainte-Anne, staff members, journalists and many other guests. The arrival of the Academy clearly met a need: more than 840 applications were received in its first year of existence.
On February 15, Taktik Design won three awards, including Project of the Year, for its construction and design of Sainte-Anne Academy at the 9th annual GRANDS PRIX DU DESIGN awards ceremony. On March 11, the Ministère de l’Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport announced a $475,000 grant to Collège Sainte-Anne for the development of a synthetic field. The City of Dorval also provided $1.25 million in financial support to this project. This multi-purpose, multi-sports field located next to the Academy’s playground will be used by the three Sainte-Anne schools and Dorval residents.