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Civic Hospital

The Civic Hospital area is named after the Ottawa Hospital’s Civic Campus that is located in the community. The area is centrally located with Little Italy to the east, the Experimental Farm to the south, Wellington West to the north and Island Park to the west. It is a highly coveted neighbourhood with its prime central location, tree-lined streets and beautiful old world and contemporary homes suitable for both families and executives.

For those residents that enjoy the outdoors they are spoiled for choice as there are three parks and easy access to the Arboretum. Reid Park has a public basketball court, Elmdale Lawn Bowls Club, an outdoor wading pool and a dog park. Fairmont Park has a kid’s park, public tennis courts, outdoor skating rinks, and a dog park. On the north-east end of the Experimental Farm, the Arboretum has many trails and stunning scenery where residents can enjoy a picnic or a walk beside the canal and Dow’s Lake. On the south-west, Hampton Park offers trails, a wading pool and a fenced dog park. A short walk over the Harmer footbridge in Civic West takes you safely to Fisher Park/Summit Middle School and the Fisher Park Community Centre where families can enjoy a kid’s park, splash pad, baseball diamond and a soccer field.

The Civic Hospital area is close to six great elementary schools, one middle school, and two Montessori schools. This is one amazing neighbourhood to live in with its easy access to transit, green space and the many community and charity events throughout the year. If you want to be just far enough away from the hustle and bustle but still walk to all the shops and bistros, theatre and markets of Wellington West and Preston Street, this is the perfect neighbourhood for you.

  • Families
  • Outdoor activities
  • Schools
  • Medical
  • Curb Appeal
  • Transit

For additional information on the Civic Hospital Area, please click here to see the Ottawa Neighbourhood Study.

Wellington Village

Wellington Village is known for its trendy, upscale and vibrant community feel. It offers rich history, fantastic local resources and amenities including an organic grocery store, restaurants and pubs, boutiques and a mixture of new condos and mature properties. Can you imagine a warm bagel in your hand for breakfast at The Bagel Shop, or a delicious seafood meal at Supply and Demand?!

The neighbourhood is located west of Hintonburg, between Holland Avenue and Island Park Drive. It has excellent transit links, great schools and a real sense of community. It is popular with families and young professionals alike. If you want to abandon the car at the weekend you can spend hours browsing Wellington Street, view some art and enjoy a drink at one of the cafes. It also has a strong and active community association and business investment association.

  • Professionals
  • Families
  • Vibrant main street
  • Food scene
  • Boutiques
  • Schools

For additional information on Wellington Village, please click here to see the Ottawa Neighbourhood Study.

Hintonburg

In the last few years Hintonburg has soared in popularity and is known as Ottawa’s funky neighbourhood. Located close to downtown, with easy access to Little Italy, Chinatown and Wellington West, it is ideally located for people with modern and eclectic tastes.

Although infills have accelerated the gentrification of this neighbourhood over the last ten years, there are still many beautiful early 20th century homes that have been lovingly maintained or restored. Most businesses along Wellington Street are independent, and are passionately supported by residents. You can purchase one of a kind homewares at MakerHouse, enjoy a taco at Tacolot, gourmet donuts at Susie Q (not to be missed) and finish up with oysters at the Elmdale Tavern.

The area also has many little parks and four schools making it suitable for families. There are excellent transit links, grocery stores and an attentive community association committed to the maintaining the arts and cultural aspect of the area. Each June the community comes together to showcase their restaurants, vendors and enjoy live music at Westfest.

  • Professionals
  • Families
  • Vibrant main street
  • Food scene
  • Historic
  • Schools

For additional information on Hintoburg, please click here to see the Ottawa Neighbourhood Study.

Westboro Village

Westboro is the perfect mix of urban living and community for those who want plenty of amenities but a village feel to their neighbourhood. The area has beautiful condos with fantastic views of the Ottawa river and older homes on tree-lined streets. The neighbourhood has much to offer for those that enjoy an active lifestyle including yoga studios, spin studios and a large MEC for all your outdoor adventures. Bordered on the east by Island Park Drive, the Ottawa River to the north and Carling Avenue to the south ensures residents have easy access to bike paths that will take you along the river, to Gatineau park or a quick ride to the beach.

For those interested in the food scene, you can enjoy fantastic pasta at Vittoria in the Village, sushi at MHK, or grab some house made sausages, pickles and other delicious treats at The Piggy Market. The combination of shops, houses and access to transit has made Westboro one of the most sought after areas in Ottawa over the last few years. The neighbourhood also hosts a lively festival each August – Westboro Fuse – which celebrates music, art and life. Let’s not forget there is also a beach!

  • Professionals
  • Families
  • Schools
  • Food scene
  • Sports stores
  • Beach

For additional information on Westboro Village, please click here  to see the Ottawa Neighbourhood Study.

McKellar Park/Highland Park

McKellar Park and Highland Park are mature tree-lined residential neighbourhoods that have retained a community feel, while enjoying close proximity to the shops and restaurants of Westboro Village and the scenery of the Ottawa River. The neighbourhoods are bordered between Churchill and Sherbourne and from the Ottawa River to Carling Avenue. The streets are lined with a mix of classic mid-century and modern infill homes with some new condo developments as you get closer to Richmond Road.

If having a great local school and recreational facilities is important then this area is ideal – Nepean and Notre Dame High Schools and Broadview Public School are a central part of the community. Dovercourt Recreation is the central hub for family activities, camps, before and after school childcare, swimming pool, and outdoor skating rink. As well, McKellar Park offers tennis courts, outdoor skating rink and Field House. The nearby OC Transpo transit way connects residents to all parts of the city or if you prefer to travel on foot or by bike, you are close to the cities pathways.

  • Professionals
  • Families
  • Transit
  • Parks
  • Recreational Facilities
  • Schools

For additional information on McKellar Park/Highland Park, please click here to see the Ottawa Neighbourhood Study.

West Ottawa

West Ottawa is family friendly due to the many schools, parks, dog parks, walking/bike paths and recreational facilities. For those who love the outdoors, Bruce Pit has fabulous trails and toboggan hills in winter. The ‘superdome’ at Ben Franklin Park offers year-round sports and community events with three indoor fields and for golfers, Canada’s largest indoor driving range. Queensway Terrace North includes Frank Ryan Park and in Crystal Beach you can enjoy the Nepean Sailing Club, Dick Bell Park and picnic at Andrew Haydon Park. In Britannia you can enjoy the beach and the yacht club.

The neighbourhoods in West Ottawa include Shirley’s Bay, Crystal Beach, Rocky Point, Bayshore, Britannia, Britannia Bay, Lincoln Heights, Whitehaven, Glabar Park, Carlingwood, Woodroffe, Queensway Terrace, Graham Park, Qualicum, Leslie Park, Briargreen, Centrepointe, Woodroffe, Bel-Air Park, Bel-Air Heights, Braemar Park, Copeland Park, among others.

  • Independent businesses
  • Young families
  • Professionals
  • Artists
  • Food scene
  • Recreational Facilities

For additional information on West Ottawa (CarlingwoodWoodroffeBritanniaCrystal BeachQualicumWhitehaven to name a few), please click here  to see the Ottawa Neighbourhood Study.

Little Italy

As you leave Carling avenue you will see the gates of Little Italy and Preston street, or the Corso Italia as it is now known. Just west of the downtown core, it is the perfect neighbourhood to access the city centre, Chinatown and Hintonburg on foot, bicycle or by making use of its excellent transit links. That being said, Preston Street’s many attractions make it hard to leave – you can enjoy delicious pasta at La Roma, souvlaki at Evoo, one of 200 Beers from the ‘Beer Bible’ at Pub Italia before walking home past the local gelateria.

The neighbourhood is increasingly popular with young urban professionals and families due to its central location and strong sense of community. Modern infills and renovations are settled among the older homes, as well as new condo buildings, offering a style of property for every taste. The O-train and the new trillium bike path connects Little Italy to all parts of the city for those who commute or simply want to leave the car at home. The re-modeled Plant Recreation Centre has excellent gym facilities, an indoor pool and sports classed for all ages. Italian week in June showcases the best of Preston Street where you can sample food while watching the Ferrari’s and vintage Fiat 500’s cruise the street.

  • Professionals
  • Families
  • Vibrant main street
  • Food Scene
  • Boutiques
  • Spa

For additional information on Little Italy, please click here to see the Ottawa Neighbourhood Study

Centretown

This diverse downtown neighbourhood is located south of Parliament Hill and is characterized by older homes mixed with new developments, condos and eclectic businesses in the two main commercial areas of Bank and Elgin Street.

Families, students and young professionals all live in the neighbourhood, including a number of Hill-staffers. Centretown has excellent transit links, two parks, a Curling Club and the Canadian Museum of Nature is also here.

Bank Street itself has had significant investment over the last eight years and this has attracted an incredible variety of shops, services, restaurants, bars, nightclubs and more. On one street you will find organic groceries, spa services, gourmet restaurants like Union 613, Fairouz, The Whalesbone and unique independent cafés and casual eateries like Colonnade Pizza (an Ottawa institution) and others serving Pho, Thai, Kabobs and more.

  • Schools
  • Transit
  • Groceries
  • Nightlife
  • Restaurants & Bars
  • Diverse

For additional information on Centretown, please click here to see the Ottawa Neighbourhood Study.

The Glebe

As one of Ottawa’s oldest neighbourhoods, the Glebe has much to offer in the way of real estate, parks, bike paths, shops, spas, and much more. In the last five years there has been a slow rise in the number of infills, but the majority of properties remain historic (early 20th century) and unique. The area is mostly populated by families as there are many good schools and family friendly amenities. The Glebe is bordered by the Queensway to the north, Bronson Avenue to the west and the Rideau Canal to the east and south.
The Glebe has an active community association who also lobby government on issues that keep the Glebe safe for its residents. Recent issues include traffic calming, support of independent businesses and neighbourhood development.

There are many unique boutiques and restaurants on this part of Bank Street. Between shopping for clothes, jewellery or flowers you can enjoy a Japanese cream bun, a curry, burrito or a high-end gastropub meal – all within a few blocks. For sports and music fans, the Glebe is also home to Lansdowne Park and TD Place where you can see the Ottawa Redblacks, tennis tournaments and music acts. Lansdowne park hosts a weekly farmer’s market every Sunday and festivals throughout the summer including an Asian night market. There are also some larger chain restaurants there, a VIP Cineplex, Whole Foods and Sporting Life.

  • Historic
  • Schools
  • Transit
  • Sports & live events
  • Farmers market
  • Cinema

For additional information on the Glebe, please click here to see the Ottawa Neighbourhood Study.

Old Ottawa South

As you walk from the Glebe and cross the canal you will see the beautiful, well-preserved homes of Old Ottawa South. Residents say they enjoy city living with a community feel; you can browse for antiques, grab a drink at Starbucks, shop for furniture, grab some local produce for dinner and are still a short bus ride from the city centre.

Residents who are active or who have a family can choose from six sports fields, three tennis courts, one splash pad, two wading pools, two parks and four outdoor rinks in winter. There are also great schools and daycare centres. For other recreational activities the Mayfair Theatre offers screenings of classics and events that combine live music with cinema. It first opened its door in 1932 and the community has kept it open so everyone can enjoy a movie and a Beau’s Beer in comfort.

Bordered by the Rideau Canal to the north, Carleton University to the West and the Rideau River to the east and south, residents have fantastic access to the bike paths, public transit and the canal in this historic and eclectic neighbourhood.

  • Professionals
  • Families
  • Vibrant main street
  • Food scene
  • Antique stores
  • Transit

For additional information on Old Ottawa South, please click here to see the Ottawa Neighbourhood Study.

New Edinburgh/Lindenlea

This charming neighbourhood is one of Ottawa’s oldest; New Edinburgh was founded in 1829, named after its owner, Thomas McKay’s hometown of Edinburgh, Scotland. Lindenlea followed in 1918, established by urban planner Thomas Adams. The garden suburb style created by Thomas Adams is still in place today due to the community associations commitment to their neighbourhood. New Edinburgh/Lindenlea is bounded by Maple Lane and Princess Avenue to the north and Beechwood Avenue to the south. The eastern border is Acacia and the west is bordered by the Rideau River/ Ottawa River.

Those living in the New Edinburgh/Lindenlea area have some very prestigious community members including the Prime Minister and the Governor General. Beechwood Avenue really comes alive in the summer as people relax with a delicious snack and drink on the Red Door Provisions patio or enjoy brunch at the highly-acclaimed Sutherlands kitchen. If you want to mix urban living with family amenities this is the place: two great schools, dog parks and daycare centres are walking distance in this small, historic community.

  • Independent businesses
  • Young families
  • Professionals
  • Artists
  • Food scene
  • Schools

For additional information on New Edinburgh/Lindenlea, please click here to see the Ottawa Neighbourhood Study.