Strategically positioned between Montreal and the Ontario border, Vaudreuil-Soulanges is part of a market of more than 3 000 000 people.
The West Island of Montreal as well as certain parts of Vaudreuil-Soulanges constitute a prosperous market made up of high-income households superior to the average in Quebec.
Most of the Ontario and Quebec populations, as well as the communities in north-east United States, are within a range of 800 km (500 miles) from Vaudreuil-Soulanges. This includes Detroit and Washington, and corresponds to a pool of 80 million people.
Reaching the Montreal region from Vaudreuil-Soulanges is easy since there are no major traffic problems on bridges, even during rush hours. Downtown Montreal is only a 30 minute drive away.
There are two international airports: Dorval, in the West Island of Montreal is easily accessible (15 minutes by car) because it is not necessary to drive through the city to reach it, and Mirabel, that can be reached speedily through a network of highways in about 40 minutes. Both airports are operated by a private corporation called Aéroports de Montréal. Visit their Web site at http://www.admtl.com
There are three private airports in St.Lazare, Les Cédres and Valleyfield for light aircrafts. Corporate jets cannot land at these private airports. There is a helicopter rental company established in the region.
Highway 30 is in final completion. The project will be completed in 2012. This highway will bypass Montreal by the South-Shore, which will greatly reduce traffic on the Montreal expressways.
The city train and Via Rail link the West-Island to downtown Montreal.
Transportation of Merchandise
Vaudreuil-Soulanges is closely situated to the St. Lawrence seaway and has access to it through the Ports of Valleyfield and Montreal.
Of all the eastern seaboard ports in North America, Montreal offers the quickest and most direct access to major Canadian, American midwest and northeast markets. The shortest itinerary between these vast markets and those of Northern Europe and the Mediterranean go through the port of Montreal which is 1600km inland. From here, transatlantic routes, railway links and highways shorten travel time and reduce cost for door to door transportation of merchandise.
Maritime transporters only need the Port of Montreal to have access to the most important markets on both sides of the Atlantic. It is not surprising that the Port of Montreal is largely responsible for the growth of the metropolitan region.
For more information, visit the Port of Montreal website at www.port-montreal.com
Open for navigation between mid-April and mid-December, the Valleyfield port offers interior and exterior storage for bulk solid and liquid freight.
For more information, visit the Port of Valleyfield website at www.portvalleyfield.com
The road network and the railway lines link Vaudreuil-Soulanges and the port of Montreal.
The Canadian National and the Canadian Pacific railways run through Vaudreuil-Soulanges.
Vaudreuil-Soulanges is situated at the crossroads of the main Canadian National railway lines. It is their only connecting point in eastern Canada. They go westward to Toronto, North to Ottawa, east to Montreal and south towards the U.S. directly from the marshaling yard Les Coteaux (Coteau-Station). A bypassing road in Dorion handles container and rail-route transportation.
The CP main line is accessible through a loop line situated at St-Clet.
The Port of Valleyfield has two 200 tonne cranes, 19 loading stations for tank trucks, and devises to load bulk onto trucks and trains.
The telephone network of Vaudreuil-Soulanges incorporates the DMS electronic system. This highly performing system assures a much faster communication service to clients. Many sources can fulfill any request for fiber optics. The normal delay for installation is six weeks.
There are six weeklies published in the region, for a total circulation of about 180,000 copies per week.