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4 Kid-Friendly Neighbourhoods in Ottawa

Last updated on May 11th, 2021 at 12:57 pm

4 Kid Friendly Neighbourhoods in Ottawa

Ottawa is a city full of experiences and adventures, particularly for children and teenagers. With some fantastic schools, opportunities and places to interact with others their age across all neighbourhoods, it can be difficult to choose a place to settle down and raise your young ones. Today, we’ll reveal five of Ottawa’s most kid-friendly neighbourhoods that are suitable for everyone from toddlers to teenagers.

The Glebe

Home to the Glebe Collegiate Institute, First Avenue Public School, Corpus Christi School, and many others, the Glebe is more than a hotbed of trendy shops and restaurants. It’s home to plenty of educational resources and ample green space, including Lansdowne Park and parkland surrounding Dow’s Lake. Aside from Bank Street, much of the Glebe is tranquil, calm, and abundant in beautiful single-family homes that are well cared for. Queensway and OC Transpo access are always within reach as well in this pet-friendly neighbourhood with a youthful spirit.


An ever-growing community thanks to a continual influx of high-tech jobs, Kanata is appropriately brimming with educational facilities including a dozen elementary and high schools, while Algonquin College is only a short drive or bus ride away in Ottawa’s west end. Combined with plenty of after-school programming and activities readily available to them, children of all ages will find a hub of stimulation and inspiration in this west-end paradise. New homes are always being made available thanks to Kanata’s rapid expansion, so you’ll surely find multiple suitable homes for sale.

New Edinburgh/Rockcliffe Park

Bordered to the south by Beechwood Avenue, this collection of smaller neighbourhoods just a 20-minute walk east of Parliament Hill is a verdant oasis full of vast green space. A bilingual and well-educated area influenced by Vanier’s heritage, it is a great place for children to become immersed in both of Canada’s official languages. The local Metro grocer is centrally located and has recently been renovated, and you’ll find other amenities such as dental offices, pet stores, banks, barbers and even auto repair services. Institutions such as Ashbury College, Elmwood School, and an Ottawa Public Library branch can be found north in the upper-class hills of Rockcliffe Park. Other nearby attractions include the Canada Aviation and Space Museum and Green Island, the latter featuring the beautiful Rideau Falls.


Located just west of Ottawa’s city centre, Westboro is the perfect neighbourhood to raise children. In addition to the range of single-family homes, the urban development along Richmond Road and other major streets in the area includes new condos and lofts, so you’re bound to find a home that suits your lifestyle. Anchored by Nepean High School and Notre Dame Catholic High School on Broadview Avenue, Westboro is also just a short commute from the University of Ottawa, Carleton University, and Algonquin College. Take the kids for swimming lessons at Dovercourt Recreation Centre, watch them tumble and somersault at the Ottawa Gymnastics Centre, or enjoy a family afternoon at Westboro Beach. The family-friendly options are endless!


Nestled south of Ottawa just past the Greenbelt, Barrhaven is a community that grows b by the day. From the charming single-family homes of Old Barrhaven to new-build condos in Chapman Mills, townhomes in Half Moon Bay and large properties in Stonebridge, there is the right fit for everyone. Barrhaven is one of the most family-friendly communities in the nation’s capital.

These are just a few of the many wonderful Ottawa neighbourhoods for families of all ages. Contact Geoff and Bobbie McGowan today to discover the beautiful and affordable homes that are available in these convenient areas!