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Ottawa Neighbourhoods

Zoom in on this map to see where neighbourhoods are located in proximity to all the hospitals and academic family health teams!


Central Ottawa

  • Lowertown/Byward Market
    • North east downtown neighbourhood with restaurants, bars, small businesses
    • Historically French Canadian and Irish, undergoing gentrification. Currently lots of government employees and diplomats, embassies. Also houses many of Ottawa’s goodwill shelters (Mission, Salvation Army, Shepherds…)
    • Bordered to the north, west and east by the Ottawa river, to the south Rideau street
  • Sandy Hill
    • One of Ottawa’s most historical neighbourhoods, just south of the Byward/Lowertown
    • Lots of student housing and community housing, includes the University of Ottawa
  • Centretown
    • Downtown core north of Lisgar and Gloucester
    • Both commercial and residential, with shops, restaurants, pubs, museums, historic churches as well as high rise buildings and government business
  • Glebe
    • South of downtown bordered by the Queensway to the North (Hwy417), Rideau Canal to the East and South, Bronson Street to the West
    • Eclectic shops, cute restaurants, includes Landsdowne Park, TD Place Stadium
    • Young, families, gentrified, wealthier
  • Dow’s Lake/Little Italy
    • Bordered by the Glebe to the East, Dows Lake and the Rideau Canal, and the O-train to the West, Somerset St and Chinatown to the North
    • Plenty of greenery, large houses, delicious restaurants, and small businesses
  • Old Ottawa South
    • Upper middle class, character-filled neighbourhood, bordered to the south and east by the Rideau River, to the west by Carleton University, and to the north by Rideau Canal


Eastern Ottawa

  • New Edinburgh
    • East of Downtown and Byward, bordered to the west by Rideau River, to the north by the Ottawa River, and to the south by Beechwood avenue, east…?
    • Relatively affluent but less so than Rockcliffe, includes Governor General’s residence (Rideau Hall)
  • Rockcliffe Manor/Park
    • One of Ottawa’s most wealthy and historical neighbourhoods northeast of Downtown Ottawa, north of New Edinburgh
    • Many embassies, ambassadors, dignitaries, politicians
  • Vanier
    • Home to most of Ottawa’s Francophone population, as well as a very multiethnic immigrant population
    • Bordered to the south by the Queensway, to the north by New Edinburgh, to the west by the Rideau River, and to the east by Hwy 138
    • Inexpensive housing, strip malls, ethnic groceries, lots of language and culture
  • Alta Vista
    • Large neighbourhood in east Ottawa largely south of the Queensway and includes multiple smaller neighbourhoods including Applewood Acres, Billings Bridge, Elmvale Acres, Rideau Park, Urbandale, etc.
    • Home to Ottawa General Hospital, multiple parks, very residential


Western Ottawa

  • Mechanicsville
    • Historical neighbourhood previously manual labourer, now being gentrified
    • West of downtown, to the east of Ottawa River and to the north of Queensway
  •  Hintonburg
    • Working class neighbourhood to the west of Mechanicsville, dynamic and being gentrified. Southern Hintonburg is adjacent to Civic Hospital and is upper-middle class, bordered to the west by Westboro and the south by the 417
    • Close to trendy Wellington village filled with great restaurants and cute shops
  • Island Park/Westboro
    • Trendy and vibrant residential neighbourhood west of Hintonburg and north of Queensway, also contains Bushtukah and MEC for outdoor enthusiasts
    • Lively street and food scene, upscale housing and family-oriented
  • Civic Hospital/Central Park
    • Bordered to the east by Dows Lake, to the west by Carlington, to the north by Queensway. Surrounds the Central Experimental Farm, mixed housing developments including townhouses, high rise apartments, bungalows
  • Carlington
    • Quiet, bordered by Carling avenue to the north, Fisher avenue to the west, Merivale to the south


South Ottawa

  • Hunt Club Woods
  • Heron Gate/South Keys