Looking to visit or move to Ottawa? Then you shouldn’t miss this list of Ottawa’s most vibrant neighbourhoods. From dining, shopping, entertainment, and more, these areas have everything you could possibly need. Here are Ottawa’s most amenity-rich neighbourhoods to take note of.
When visiting Ottawa, you cannot miss a trip to the ByWard Market – Ottawa’s one stop shop for over 500 businesses, 260 artisan stands, and local farmers markets to browse through and enjoy. When looking for boutique shopping, dining, entertainment, museums, galleries, pubs, or the arts, ByWard Market is the place to be. Located within Sussex Drive East to Cumberland West and George Street North to Cathcart, it is easily accessible by foot, transit, or car.
Another great area to explore is Lowertown – a neighbourhood in the Rideau-Vanier Ward in central Ottawa. Located east of downtown, it is the oldest area of the city, offering historical churches, small shops, French patisseries, antique shops, and a variety of excellent cafes. With an early cultural base of Irish Catholics and French-Canadians, it’s no wonder you can find beautiful churches, including the renowned Notre-Dame Basilica all within this area. In Lowertown, you can also enjoy picturesque parks, as well as a community centre offering plenty of fun activities to participate in.
Conveniently located in the heart of Ottawa is the neighbourhood of Centretown. Bound by Gloucester Street to the north, Queensway freeway to the south, east by the Rideau Canal, and west to Bronson Avenue – it’s a bustling community with lots to see and do. Here you can find tourist attractions, employment centres, shopping, and entertainment, as well as many renowned landmarks, such as the Canadian Museum of Nature and the Dundonald Park, just to name a few. Centretown is certainly amenity-rich offering over 100 restaurants, specialty food stores, and activity-rich recreation facilities. And the best part is that everything is in easy walking distance or accessible by bus.
Located just east of downtown, Sandy Hill is where the University of Ottawa resides and is a cozy area where students and families flock to. Packed with shops, pubs, B&Bs, old heritage buildings, and grandeur mansions, it’s one of Ottawa’s most culturally diverse neighbourhoods. Some points of interest include Laurier Avenue East, Osgoode Street, and Wilbrod Street where you can discover coffee shops, thrift boutiques, gift shops, and dining. You can find this neighbourhood west of the Rideau Canal, east of the Rideau River, from Rideau Street and Byward Market to the north, and south to Queensway highway and Nicholas Street.
If you’re looking to discover a historical and hip area, then Hintonburg is the place to be in Ottawa. Recently becoming the hottest place in the city, it’s another one of Ottawa’s most amenity-rich neighbourhoods. Hintonburg offers tourists and residents the opportunity to enjoy arts, farmer’s markets, and live entertainment. Located in Kitchissippi Ward just west of the downtown core, it is bound by the O-Train Trillium line in the east to Parkdale in the west, and the transitway in the North to the Queensway in the south. Here you can enjoy live music and theatrical performances at the Hintonburg Arts park, or activities like the car show at the Parkdale Farmer’s Market.
When visiting or finding your next home in the city, look no further than Ottawa’s most amenity-rich neighbourhoods. With so much to offer in each of these communities, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for.
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