Old Ottawa East

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Old Ottawa East is as serene as its name suggests. It is a truly family-oriented area and is widely known as one of the oldest neighbourhoods in the entire city. It was originally inhabited by the religious order of the Oblate brothers and a related group of nuns. Together, they controlled large chunks of land and helped develop it, building churches and schools, i... Read More

Old Ottawa East is as serene as its name suggests. It is a truly family-oriented area and is widely known as one of the oldest neighbourhoods in the entire city. It was originally inhabited by the religious order of the Oblate brothers and a related group of nuns. Together, they controlled large chunks of land and helped develop it, building churches and schools, including Saint Paul University and the University of Ottawa. The area has several active community groups, one of the best known being Sustainable Living Ottawa East or SLOE. SLOE has been instrumental in planning an urban renewal to further develop the Ottawa East area. Residents here speak of the incredible community spirit that exists among them. It has a small town feel, with community convenience stores and old fashioned road names like Main Street. Not far from Main Street is the Greystone Village Home development, a massive infrastructural project which aims to urbanize the area whilst keeping the community feel. Old Ottawa East is known as a walker’s and biker’s paradise. With few slopes and even fewer potholes, most errands can be done without having to catch the bus or use your car.


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Demographics

This is an ideal location for families who do not want to be too far away from the heart of the city. Majority of its residents are over the ages of 30, making it an older neighbourhood than most downtown areas. Few students live in the area, with most of them attending the nearby Saint Paul University. In fact, Old Ottawa East appears to pride itself on being rela... Read More

This is an ideal location for families who do not want to be too far away from the heart of the city. Majority of its residents are over the ages of 30, making it an older neighbourhood than most downtown areas. Few students live in the area, with most of them attending the nearby Saint Paul University. In fact, Old Ottawa East appears to pride itself on being relatively student-free, with residents famously protesting the building of an apartment block in the area for fear that would attract students and upset the serenity of the area.


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Lifestyle

Old Ottawa East is much slower paced than the rest of the city. One reason is, of course, the number of families which reside there. The other is the rich heritage of the place. Although it is close to the heart of the city, it does not have the urban sophistication of places like Lebreton and Chinatown. Instead, it can be compared to a quaint little town enveloped... Read More

Old Ottawa East is much slower paced than the rest of the city. One reason is, of course, the number of families which reside there. The other is the rich heritage of the place. Although it is close to the heart of the city, it does not have the urban sophistication of places like Lebreton and Chinatown. Instead, it can be compared to a quaint little town enveloped within Ottawa. It may not have the high rise buildings or even the proliferation of independent restaurants in other areas. However, Old Ottawa East is great in the sense that the neighbourhood is small, warm and welcoming. It feels like home, even if you do not live there.


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What You'll Love

Old Ottawa East is one of the few pockets of suburbia still existing in downtown Ottawa. There are far fewer apartment buildings in the area, saving it from the concrete jungle reputation which many neighbouring areas seem to have. It is not completely cut off from the fun though. Residents looking to socialize with a livelier crowd can head down to Elgin Street wh... Read More

Old Ottawa East is one of the few pockets of suburbia still existing in downtown Ottawa. There are far fewer apartment buildings in the area, saving it from the concrete jungle reputation which many neighbouring areas seem to have. It is not completely cut off from the fun though. Residents looking to socialize with a livelier crowd can head down to Elgin Street which is only a few blocks away. The great thing about this is the party is unlikely to follow you down the quiet Main Street. People living here are able to have the best of both worlds; energetic pubs a few blocks away and a calm dock near Brantwood Park. Residents can also explore the area’s rich heritage simply by touring many of the old buildings which still stand. An example is The White House, built in the 1800s and used to host one of the first Catholic schools in Ottawa or the Town Hall.


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