West Ottawa

Ottawa’s early suburban expansion was mostly to the west of downtown. And what was considered to be suburban between the turn of the last century through the 1950’s is now unquestionably part of Ottawa’s urban core. These original suburbs to the west are now some of Ottawa’s most sought-after urban neighbourhoods. What makes these communities so attractive is that each has a small village feel and a unique local charm. When they were formed, they developed like little towns, each with its own main street and all the conveniences: a grocery store, a drug store, a butcher, and a few restaurants.

When house hunters think of neighbourhoods in Ottawa’s West end, they often think of buying real estate in Westboro. But there are a number of other West Ottawa neighbourhoods that are either well-established or up and coming communities. These West end neighbourhoods include Hintonburg, Wellington West/Tunney’s Pasture, and Westboro.

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Hintonburg

The long awaited urban renewal is finally here in Hintonburg. Once a home to a mix of lower priced multi-unit rentals and clapboard single-family homes, this neighbourhood with its mixed character is steadily going upscale. The area has a blend of heritage buildings and recent infills that tend to be designed with the areas historic character in mind.

Hintonburg lies east of Parkdale Avenue, and west of Preston Street. To the north it is bounded by Scott Street. And its southern boundary is the Queensway.

In its April 2007 issue enRoute magazine named Hintonburg one of the top ten emerging neighbourhoods in Canada. The neighbourhood earned a mention in Ottawa Magazine that same month as one of Ottawa’s hottest neighbourhoods.

Recreation

Plant Recreation Centre offers a recently renovated facility, including a large pool and gym, and offers a multitude of programs for everyone in the family.

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Why we love this neighbourhood

This area has so much to offer. With its growing arts scene and great casual dining – what’s not to love! Hintonburg is home to The QUAD, an acronym that stands for Quartier des Artistes / Arts District. This designation was established in 2003 because of the area’s blend of cultural expression, community spirit and heritage. Arts and culture are certainly embraced in the area, making it a great home for the many galleries and arts and craft-oriented businesses. As for restaurants, this up and coming neighbourhood is brimming with choices. From diner-style burgers to great coffee to pubs with excellent food and craft beer, you won’t have any trouble finding something to suit your taste.

Local Picks

  • Have a burger at the aptly named Hintonburger on Wellington. You may wait 15 minutes or more for your food, but that’s because they cook your fresh, locally-sourced beef patty and fresh-cut french fries only after you order. It’s definitely worth the wait. Tip: This popular burger joint gets super busy over lunch hour and on a Friday by about 5:30. So go early to avoid lineups. Also, order one of their homemade milkshakes. It’s not often you find a real milkshake made the old school way, so indulge!
  • If somehow you have room, follow your Hintonburger with a SuzyQ doughnut, from SuzyQ just across the street, and down the block on Wellington. This is not your everyday, fast-food style doughnut. With flavours like maple bacon and s’mores and lemon thyme, you know these doughnuts are something special. And they are. Owner Susan Hamer makes each one of them herself from her family’s traditional Finnish recipes.
  • Happy Goat Coffee Company may change how you experience coffee. Many Happy Goat fans will tell you you’ve never had coffee like this. It offers funky interior and luxurious full-bodied coffee. So relax with a book from their mini library, and enjoy a cup of artisan fairly traded, custom roasted organic coffee.
  • Tennessy Willems. This is the place for wood fired pizza in The Burg. With local ingredients and pizzas like Duck Confit and The Chorizo, along with a selection of other dishes, charcuterie and salads, you can’t go wrong.
  • We have to admit that at the Hooper Home Team we are not big knitters, but we know people who are. And for anyone who loves anything to do with knitting, weaving or other fabric arts, Wabi Sabi on Wellington is the place to go. Stock up on supplies or take one of their range of classes in felting, knitting or weaving.
  • Visit one of the area art galleries. The Parkdale Gallery on Armstrong Street is a privately owned art gallery that is home to more than a hundred works from a dozen or more established and emerging artists.
  • The Table: This enduringly popular veggie restaurant boasts a unique combination of healthy, fresh, organic dishes, in a family friendly atmosphere. Their buffet is pay by weight and offers a complete range of vegan and gluten-free choices, made fresh every day of the week.

Wellington West/Tunney’s Pasture

The boundaries of Wellington West/Tunney’s Pasture are Parkdale Avenue to the east, and Island Park Drive to the west. To the north it’s bounded by Scott Street. And its southern boundary is the Queensway. Many of the area’s charming brick homes were developed in the 30’s and 40’s, as Ottawa was experiencing a westward expansion. And with the emergence of many modern infill developments and trendy restaurants, the area is now becoming one of Ottawa’s most fashionable neighbourhoods.

Recreation

Plant Recreation Centre serves this neighbourhood along with other surrounding communities and offers a recently renovated facility, including a large pool and gym, and offers a multitude of programs for everyone in the family. Residents of Wellington West also make use of the Dovercourt Recreation Centre, which offers aquatics and athletic programs, along with general interest programs and courses for all ages.

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Why we love this neighbourhood

This just may be Ottawa’s tastiest neighbourhood. With its large number of trendy restaurants, a long-established bagel shop, and one of our favourite destinations for butter tarts, this area is well-deserving of its reputation as one of Ottawa’s top foodie destinations.

When it comes to talking about food in Wellington West Village, it’s hard to know where to begin. Perhaps it’s best to start with the area’s longest standing establishments. Once upon a time, not so long ago people flocked to the stretch of Wellington Street between Island Park and Parkdale for three main reasons: bagels from The Ottawa Bagel Shop, one of the best meat selections in town at Saslove’s, and fresh produce from the Parkdale Market. Building on this solid foundation, restaurateurs and chefs began opening innovative restaurants and catering businesses, and funky clothing and décor boutiques joined the mix. And when one of Ottawa’s best live theatre venues, The Great Canadian Theatre Company,  moved in it brought with it a theatre crowd to further support the varied array of restaurants in the area.

Local Picks

  • The Wellington Gastropub never fails to impress. Chef/owner Chris Deraiche builds on the comfort of classic pub food by adding seasonal local ingredients and dash or experimentation. Entrees include dishes like sea scallops with white beans and roasted tomatillos, and gnocci with chanterelles – and he’s always doing something interesting with pork (Nagano pork schnitzel, anyone?). Pair your meal with something from the always-intriguing wine list, or a local craft beer. Tip: try the braised beef short ribs with garlic crushed potatoes.
  • Three Tarts: This longtime resident of the Wellington strip takes home-style baking to the next level with everything from classic offerings like squares and cookies to exquisite cakes and pastries. Tip: Their butter tarts are the best in Ottawa. Hands-down. Choose either pecan or raisin. With their runny filling and buttery pastry, you’ll agree with our claim.
  • The Ottawa Bagel Shop: If their always-fresh, warm bagels aren’t enough, try some of the range of offerings from their café. At lunchtime they have a buffet of hot foods, and made to order sandwiches. They also put up a hearty breakfast. The place is packed with families on weekend mornings, so go early to secure your table. In their gourmet shop there’s everything from delicate pastries to gourmet cakes to imported candies and jams on offer.
  • Parkdale Market: This market was established in 1927 and is run by the City of Ottawa. It features fresh fruit and vegetables and flowers, along with the charm of an old style, open air city market. Open 6am-6pm, 7 days a week, late April to early November.

Westboro

In recent years, real estate in Westboro has taken off. And for good reason. Often referred to as Westboro Village, this vibrant and growing neighbourhood has become one of the hottest neighbourhoods for families and singles alike. It lies (as the name implies) in the west end of Ottawa, and is located east of Island Park Drive, and is bordered by Denbury Avenue on the west, and by the Ottawa River to the north.

Westboro began as a small town at the turn of the last century, where Ottawa residents would take day trips to spend some time sitting on the beach, or just to enjoying an escape from the city for an afternoon. It was annexed to Ottawa in 1949, and continued to develop as a suburb within easy commuting distance to the city’s downtown. It’s orginal town hall built in 1896 still stands and now and houses the Westboro Senior’s Centre. Maplelawn Estate on Richmond Road was built in 1831, and is now home to The Keg Manor, but remains a symbol of Westboro’s past.

Recreation

Programs are operated by the Dovercourt Recreation Association out of Dovercourt Recreation Centre. Anyone thinking of buying a home in Westboro can look forward to taking advantage of all Dovercourt has to offer, including aquatics and athletic programs, along with general interest programs and courses for all ages.

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Why we Love this Neighbourhood

We love that Westboro serves so many different tastes and lifestyles. Ask a variety of Westboro residents why they choose to live in this thriving village-like neighbourhood and you’ll get a range of answers. If you ask a weekend athlete, they’ll likely tell you that the easy access to ski and bike trails in Gatineau park, just across the Champlain Bridge, is a big plus for them. They may also mention the abundance of shops and services available for the athletically inclined. The area boasts many outdoor equipment shops, yoga studios and many health- and wellness-related services. If you talk to a retiree, they’ll tell you they moved here for the easy condo living with shopping and recreation all within walking distance. And if you’re talking to a parent of young children, they’ll tell you there’s no better place to bring up kids. With great programs for kids of all ages at Dovercourt Recreation Centre (411 Dovercourt Ave), baby playgroups and prenatal classes at Canadian Mothercraft on Evered Avenue, Strollercize clubs, and toddler-friendly parks, Westboro is ideal for young families.

Local Picks

  • Get your yoga fix at Santosha Yoga Studio, one of Ottawa’s original yoga studios. Classes range from Shanti to Hatha to core strength training. So there’s definitely something for everyone.
  • Need something comfortable to wear to your next yoga class? Lululemon at the corner of Richmond and Churchill has you covered. With everything for yoga, working out or just walking your dog, you’ll find the what you need for both men and women.
  • Enjoy a taste of France in the heart of Westboro at Chez François – Plaisirs de Provence. It’s a café, a patisserie, a gourmet food store, a fine giftware shop – everything Provence – all in one place. With its sunny printed table linens to its gourmet oils and chocolate, you’ll be transported to the colourful elegance of life in southern France. Tip: For a real taste of France, order the Tarte Tatin to eat in or take out.
  • Pick up a Jamaican patty for lunch at The Piggy Market on Winston Avenue. But go early, because they sell out quickly. While you’re there, you can pick up store-made smoked sausage or O’Brien’s beef to take home.
  • Kitchenalia is a kitchen gadget-lover’s dream. From practical equipment like good quality bake ware and Wenger knives, to the more whimsical offerings like a gadget that tattoos an Eiffel Tower into your morning toast.
  • In the second week of June we always look forward to Westfest, a Canadian arts and music festival, which is held every year on the streets of Westboro, and features a variety of local and national performers.

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