LaSalle is a borough in the city of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Prior to 2002, it was once a separate municipality. It was founded in 1912 as a town. LaSalle is located in the south-west portion of the Island of Montreal, located along the Saint Lawrence river.
Named for the area's first seigneur and French explorer Robert René Cavelier de La Salle (born at Rouen, France in 1643, died in Texas in 1687). LaSalle came into existence as a municipality in 1845 and finally became the City of LaSalle in 1912.
Lachine Rapids are situated inside LaSalle territory. The name Lachine, which is also the name of the neighboring borough, stayed because in the French Regime period, LaSalle was actually part of the Lachine Parish. Before the creation of the Lachine Canal, the rapids had to be portaged on a trail called "Chemin LaSalle" (what is now the LaSalle Boulevard).
It is known for its many public schools, most noticeably l'École secondaire Cavelier-de-LaSalle, known as one of the top talent producing schools in the field of dance, song, and the home of two Montreal Alouettes cheerleaders. The other common public school in LaSalle is LaSalle Community Comprehensive High School, opened many years ago, home to many cultures.
Michel Leduc, who served as Mayor from 1983 to December 31, 2001, was the last Mayor of an independent LaSalle. Under Leduc, LaSalle became the first large city in Quebec to launch a large recycling. LaSalle was annexed by the city of Montreal on January 1, 2002, along with a number of other cities on the Island of Montreal.