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The Most Family-Friendly Neighbourhoods in Ottawa

Last updated on May 11th, 2021 at 12:59 pm


There are a number of things that make a neighborhood family-friendly. Being family-friendly can mean that the home is near other families with kids, that it is near services, that it has nice schools, that it is near to parks, that it has sidewalks, and much, much more. In deciding where to move with your family in or around Ottawa, finding the most family-friendly neighborhoods will make your life easier and give your children an advantage growing up. With that in mind, let’s take a moment to review five communities you will want to consider


Diverse, friendly, and safe, Bridlewood has many schools (including public, French, and Catholic), many playgrounds, and parks. In general, the community consists of single-family homes and townhomes with plenty of space for the family to grow. In addition, local sports and organizations help to provide year-round entertainment and fun for kids of all ages in the community. Because of its southern location, living in Bridlewood also cuts off 20-30 minutes off your drive time compared to downtown Ottawa for spending summer weekends camping or cottaging in the Rideau Lakes region – the kids will love that.

Island Park

Located along the landmark Island Park Drive, Island Park is a peaceful place to raise a family. Walk the dog in Hampton Park, go for a family jog along the Byron bike path, sign the kids up for lessons at the Elmdale Tennis Club or T-ball at Fisher Park. Located in the heart of trendy shopping districts Westboro and West Wellington, you can dine on delicious cuisine (Petit Bill’s), fresh fruit (Herb & Spice), world-famous bagels (the Bagelshop), and to-die-for fresh pasta (Parma Ravioli). To find out if this neighbourhood is right for you, why not visit an open house this weekend?

The Glebe-Dow’s Lake

A trendy downtown neighborhood also known as the Glebe, Glebe-Dow’s Lake area is one of the oldest communities in the Ottawa. A fantastic launching point for the rest of the city, Glebe-Dow’s Lake includes easy access to the Rideau Canal along with bike and trail paths that stretch throughout the city. A family-friendly place to raise kids, Glebe-Dow’s Lake should be a top consideration if you want something a little more urban with lots of character.

Orleans Village-Chateauneuf

If you prefer the east end, there’s no better place to raise children than Orleans Village. It is a friendly neighbourhood with low crime, good house prices, and a diverse community. Bordered by Innes, Jeanne D’Arc, and Orleans Blvd, there is easy access to shopping, restaurants, recreation facilities, parks, the public library, and much more. Ottawa open houses are great ways to get a better feel for a community and whether you would like living there.


Matching all the best qualities of the places discussed above, Barrhaven is one of Ottawa’s best-reputed and fastest-growing suburbs. With many French and English schools, Barrhaven has excellent academics and is home to many parks and fields that your children will enjoy.

Are you interested in buying a home in Barrhaven? Want to buy a townhome in Bridlewood? Are you ready to buy a house in the Glebe? Get in touch with The Geoff & Bobbie Team to get the process started!