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Orléans City History

As a suburban area within the dynamic city of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Orléans is conveniently located in the eastern part of the city along the beautiful Ottawa River. Within a short 16 km (10 miles) commute to downtown Ottawa, this 95,000-plus city first became a part of the city of Ottawa in 2001. Before 2001, it encompassed two municipal jurisdictions, the eastern portion being in the pre-amalgamated city of Cumberland, the western portion in the city of Gloucester.

French Roots Run Deep

OrleansIncorporated as a police village from 1922 to 1974, Orléans was traditionally known as St. Joseph d’Orléans. Apparently, the name of the city was inspired by one of its main roads, Jeanne d’Arc Boulevard, a prominent thoroughfare around the community.

To this day, it has a prominent segment of French-speaking citizens, although the proportion of francophones has been decreasing of late. The spelling of the name with an acute accent in both English and French is due to the relevant regulation to the City of Ottawa Act, in an effort to maintain the area’s francophone heritage.

Real Estate

Orléans has continued its steady growth as a suburban community since the late 1970s. Areas that are experiencing major growth include its southern and easternmost boundaries where development has included the building of new single-family homes and more commercial development. Because it is an affluent suburb of Ottawa, larger single-family homes and some of the area’s finest schools are prominent factors in its growth and popularity.

What to Do

One of the more popular attractions is the Place d’Orleans shopping centre. Offering shoppers over 175 stores, this shopping destination is located just off the Queensway. Other diversions include the Elizabeth Manley skating rink at the Orléans Sportsplex. This facility is aptly named for Ms. Manley who trained here and won a Silver Medal in Women’s figure skating in the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics.


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Homes For Sale

Since the year 2000, the real estate market has experienced a healthy amount of new home construction particularly in the eastern portion of Orléans east of Trim Road and south of Innes Road. While the average home value is around $270,000, Orléans home buyers are offered a wide spectrum of home prices ranging from $130,000 to $2,000,000. Typical types of properties for sale include single-family homes, town homes, condominiums, lofts and waterfront properties. So if you’re thinking about investing in Ottawa real estate, contact Geoff and Bobbie McGowan and let them find the home that’s right for you. With the help of their free relocation packages, market evaluations and more, you’ll be sure to benefit from what we have to offer you.