To many Canadians Central Ottawa is known as the Nation’s Capital. Many of the national museums, the Parliament Buildings, the National Gallery of Canada and the Byward Market are located in the center of the City. There is a financial and commercial area to the South of Parliament Hill and it also includes many Government buildings. Those living in Central Ottawa can walk or take a bus ride to the National Art’s Center, the Rideau Canal and many outdoor festivals held throughout the year like the Canadian Tulip Festival. There are many beautiful parks to enjoy including Confederation Park where events such as the Winterlude Ice Sculpture competition and the Ottawa International Jazz Festival are held. For avid cyclers, there are many bike paths to enjoy, including along the Sir John A. MacDonald Parkway to the West and the Sir George Etienne Cartier and Aviation Parkway to the East.
Shopping enthusiasts can enjoy the many shops in the Rideau Center, the Sparks Street Mall, and along Bank, Wellington Street / Richmond Road. A beavertail and fresh produce from many local vendors can be enjoyed on the Byward Market.
Spectaclular cuisine and evening entertainment is popular in the many restaurants on Elgin Street and Bank Street. Public transit and soon be operational light rail system make travelling through the center of the City easier.
Central Ottawa is comprised of a variety of older neighborhoods with many original buildings and homes rich in heritage and character and newer condominium style buildings, duplexes and detached homes. Neighborhoods include: Centretown, Lowertown, Hitonburg, Mechanicsville, Sandy Hill, Glebe, Experimental Farm, Dows Lake, Civic Hospital. Many public, Catholic, and private elementary and secondary schools are located in Central Ottawa.
West Ottawa is a growing and vibrant area of the City comprised of many interesting neighborhoods, all proximate and a short commute to the downtown core and other areas of the City. Nestled along the Ottawa River on the North side, Baseline Road to the South, East to Holland Avenue and West to Pincrest Road.
West Ottawa has a lot to offer for those looking for great shopping, dining and outdoor adventures. Whether it be strolling along Richmond Road and exploring the many shops in Westboro, enjoying a gourmet meal at one of the spectacular restaurants, having fun at the beach and park at Britannia, or cycling on the Sir John A. MacDonald Parkway on Sunday mornings.
There are a variety of neighborhoods with their own charm, style, parks and schools. From trendy newer condos that are a short walk to shops, nightlife and a bus ride to downtown or a more traditional family home on a quieter street with parks and schools close by. West Ottawa neighborhoods are sought after.
Some of neighborhoods include: Tunney’s Pasture, Westboro, Lincoln Heights, Britannia, Bel Air Park, Hampton Park, Carlingwood, Whitehaven, Bel Air Heights. Glabar Park, Central Park, Queensway Terrace North & South. Each offers a full range of housing from small singles, townhomes, condo apartments and larger detached homes.