Discover the 6 best neighbourhoods to live in Ottawa

1. Neighbour to the Ottawa River, Britannia Village is a dream location in Ottawa

Britannia Village is a unique sector in the west end of Ottawa located right next to the Ottawa River. This area is known for its excellent river access, beautiful parks, bike paths and many scenic trails. If you are an active person, this is definitely a great place for you to live. In the summer, there are so many recreational activities for you to do alone or with the kids. 

You can go for a long walk, take your bike on one of the amazing bike paths or take your kayak for a ride on the Ottawa River. If you love the outdoors, there is no doubt that you would fit right in living in Britannia Village, in the west end of Ottawa. 

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2. The Civic hospital neighbourhood is a great location to live in Ottawa

This neighbourhood is located in the heart of Ottawa and is named after The Ottawa Civic Hospital that is situated in this area. From the Civic Hospital neighbourhood, you have easy access to all important areas of Ottawa. In fact, you are close by to the Queensway, Baseline Road, Island Park Drive, Dynes Road and Clyde Avenue, and you are only a 10 minute drive from Downtown Ottawa. This neighbourhood is located in the center of Ottawa and is a great place to live. The houses are surrounded by beautiful mature trees and wide comfortable streets. You also have access to lots of shopping, restaurants, great schools and churches.

This neighbourhood is not only known for its great location, but also for the great things to do in this area. In fact, it is located right next to Dow’s Lake and the Rideau Canal, great attractions during all 4 seasons. Whether you want to go for a bike ride on the bike path by Dow's lake in the summer, or go for a skate on the Rideau Canal in the winter, your options are limitless! The Civic hospital neighbourhood also includes the Experimental Farm, a fun place to bring the family on a sunday afternoon! There is also a newer housing development in this area called Central Park, which is home to many beautiful local parks.

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3. Westboro Village is one of the trendier neighbourhoods of Ottawa

Located in the west end of the city, this area is home to over 200 amazing shops, restaurants and bars! It is an exciting place to live, with all the amazing things to do, day and night. Whether you want to sip on a cappuccino at one of the trendy coffee shops, go for a drink on a patio, eat at one of the many fine dining restaurants or shop at one of the many boutiques, Westboro has it all. There a many amazing shops on Richmond Road:  the Country Clover, high end lighting shops, Widdicomb's of Westboro (antiques), Fratelli's Italian restaurant, Bridgehead Coffee, and Mountain Equipment Co-op, to name a few. This area is definitely the place to be if you want to have a good time with some friends, spend the day with the family or have a quiet evening with your spouse.

Westboro Village is well located in the city of Ottawa. In fact, it is only a 10 minute drive from Downtown Ottawa. By bus or by car, you can get to anywhere in the city in a timely manner. The neighbourhood is bordered on the east by Island Park Drive, and on the west by Woodroffe Avenue. Along with being a thriving neighbourhood home to shops and restaurants, Westboro village is also a great neighbourhood for families. In fact, this area is home to quality schools, beautiful parks and quiet streets. With an eclectic variety of home, from older to new, you are sure to find the house that fits your needs.

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4. Whitehaven is a neighbourhood located in the west end of Ottawa

With Carling Avenue on the north, Highway 417 on the south, Woodroffe Avenue to the east, and Roseview Avenue to the west, you can easily get around town from this area. Whitehaven is located approximately 10 kilometres west of downtown Ottawa, making it an easy trip either by car or bus. You can also get downtown on bike from one of the many bike paths leading from Whitehaven.

Whitehaven is a quiet and well-established neighbourhood in Ottawa. Located nearby some great schools, it is a great place to live for families of all sizes. The access to the Ottawa River Parkway and bike paths make this Ottawa neighbourhood a prime area to live in the city, especially for anyone who is active. Among other things, Whitehaven is known for its great shopping. In fact, the Carlingwood and Lincoln Fields shopping malls are at walking distance from this area. Whitehaven has very eclectic housing, with many older homes. The variety of the housing is what gives this neighbourhood its charm. In fact, many of the houses in Whitehaven have an older style. They were built in the mid-60s to early 70s in the Colonial style. Mostly two storey homes, there are also some bungalows and split-levels houses, depending on your taste.

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5. Wellington Village is an up and coming neighbourhood in Ottawa

In fact, this neighbourhood is famous for its trendy shops, gourmet restaurants and variety of upscale stores. Whether you are interested in going for a quick bite, a late night drink with some friends or enjoy some fine dining, Wellington Village is your go to spot in Ottawa. The best part is that you have access to a large variety of shops, cafés, restaurants and bars all at walking distance. SuzyQ, Tennessy Willems, Hintonburger, Anthony’s, Allium, Wellington GastroPub, The HintonBurg Public House, Siam Bistro, The Royal Oak and Black Pepper are a few of the amazing restaurants you can find in Wellington Village.

Wellington Village is located close by to Kanata, Downtown Ottawa and other areas of the city. Then again, why leave when you have everything you need all in one location? If you are a young professional, you are raising a family or you are enjoying retirement, Wellington Village has something for everyone.  This neighbourhood is known for the great schools, amazing parks, restaurants, food market and shops, all at walking distance! Just park your car and go for a stroll in Wellington Village, the upbeat neighbourhood of Ottawa!

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6. Located in the west end of Ottawa, Island Park is a scenic neighbourhood

Established neighbourhood in the central west-core of Ottawa, this area is located right by the Ottawa River and allows for an amzing view. Island Park is bounded by the Ottawa River on the north, Highway 417 on the south, both Parkdale Avenue and Holland Avenue on the east, and Island Park Drive to the west. This area is is neighbor to Wellington Village, therefore is nearby amazing dozens of amazing restaurant, bars and shops. You can get to Wellington Street quickly by bus or car, or even at walking distance.

Island Park is a great neighbourhood for growing families. Being by the Ottawa River, this area has great bike paths and trails. You can enjoy a long bike ride, walk or roller blade stroll all while enjoying beautiful the beautiful scenery of Island Park.

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